Long Term Care Preparedness Symposium 2021: Moving Forward Together

 Please join the Metro Health and Medical Preparedness Coalition for a FREE virtual symposium as we explore the impact of COVID-19 on Long Term Care Facilities.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 — 8:00 am to 1:00 pm (CDT) — Virtual/Zoom

Presentation topics:

  • Community partnerships to support long term care in COVID-19 response
  • LTC staff behavioral health and wellness
  • The LTC resident experience during COVID-19
  • And, addressing vaccine hesitancy in LTC staff 

Symposium Schedule

8:00 am — Introduction/Welcome

8:10 am — St. Louis Park Community Health Alliance Collaboration
Steve Koering, St. Louis Park Fire Chief
Amy Lucht, Founder/CEO Care Resource Connection, St. Louis Park Fire Care Coordinator
Jason Tank, Executive Director of Community Health Programs Care Resource Connection
Talia Pletcher LNHA, Administrator, The Estates at St. Louis Park
Catherine Blonigen, Executive Director, TowerLight-Ebenezer
Laura Duff RN, Director of Health Services, TowerLight-Ebenezer

9:00 am — CMS Regulations and Long Term Care Response
Minnesota Department of Health, Health Regulations Division

9:50 am — Vaccine Hesitancy
Inez Kalle, Director of Nursing, Episcopal Church Home
Lynn Bahta, R.N., MPH, CPH, COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach & Education, Vaccine Safety, Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health

10:40 am — Break

11:10 am — Long-Term Care Listening Sessions: Voices of Hope and Resilience
Claire Grimm, MPH, Dakota County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Dawn Clemmer, RN, PHN, Dakota County Social Services
Louise Starr, MSSW, LISW, Dakota County Social Services Supervisor
Herman DeLong – Resident Arbors at Ridges Assisted Living, Ebenezer Ridges Campus
Christine Chell, Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coordinator, Metro Health & Medical Preparedness Coalition

12:00 pm — Spiritual Wellness
Reverend Kevin Coder, Director of Spiritual Life, Walker Methodist
Reverend Jeremiah Lideen, Director of Chaplaincy, LifeSprk

12:50 pm — Closing Comments

1:00 pm —Adjourn



 Agenda with speaker details will be shared closer to the event and a certificate of attendance will be sent out post-symposium. Both of these documents can be submitted to your licensing board to request CEUs


Cost: free