Professional Workshop Series

Reimagining Professional Education in Aging

“Core to CHAI’s mission is to offer educational experiences that fill crucial gaps in training for the aging services workforce and provide affordable options to providers and professionals working in the field. The relevance and applicability of the content, the convenient format and continuing education credits make our series accessible and meet the needs of the wide range of working professionals in aging services.” Rajean Moon, Assoc. Dir. of Education

CHAI’s “Professional Education in Aging” virtual workshop series is an applied education and training program designed for providers and professionals in aging services. Each session covers a relevant and timely topic in the field of aging. The curriculum balances academic content with practical tools and actionable strategies participants can apply in their work and organizations.

Combating Ageism: Transforming Your Organization through Language, Policies and Practices

October 20, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM CST

Description

Ageism is a pervasive form of bigotry and can find its way into everyday practices without our conscious awareness. Mitigating and eliminating ageism can begin with transforming your organization by utilizing age-friendly principles and practices you can easily implement. This interactive, virtual workshop will provide you with tools to assess your organization’s current policies and practices; develop an action plan based on the assessment; and evaluate your progress. For up to a month after the event, participants can submit questions and plans for feedback from experts.

Instructor(s)

Rajean Moone, PhD
Rajean’s professional career is dedicated to eliminating ageism and working on age-friendly initiatives that support the inclusion of older adults in society. He aided in the founding of Training to Serve, the Minnesota Diverse Elders Coalition, and Finish Strong Funders Network for Aging Services. Rajean’s work is spread across UMN with roles in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Center for Healthy Aging & Innovation, and MN Northstar GWEP. Rajean is appointed to the Faculty Senate, Campus Curriculum Committee, and Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota. Curriculum Committee, and Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota.

Rajean Moone

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Senior Care: Understanding the Data and Championing Quality

November 3, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:30 am CST

Description

While Minnesota is a great place to live and age, many of the factors that influence this “successful” aging are not readily available universally. Minnesota has some of the widest gaps between white and black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities. This interactive, virtual workshop will explore cutting edge data on health, economic and social disparities experienced by BIPOC residents of senior care communities. Attendees will develop actionable strategies within their organizations to mitigate these disparities. For up to a month after the event, participants can submit questions and strategies for feedback from experts.

Instructor(s)
Tetyana Shippee

Tetyana Shippee, PhD
Many factors determine how we age and our quality of life as we age. And as our population gets older and older, long-term care services and supports will become even more important. As a social gerontologist, Tetyana Shippee’s, PhD, work focuses on what really matters to people as they age, such as quality of life measures (like social interactions with others and meal enjoyment) in long-term care settings and the role of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities for older adults’ quality of life. Tetyana is an associate professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, at the University of Minnesota.

Shekinah Fashaw-Walters, PhD
Providing quality care for all, means dismantling structural inequities and providing equitable care for the most marginalized. As a health services researcher, Shekinah Fashaw-Walters’, PhD, work focuses on the relationships between health inequities in long-term services and supports and racism. She has research in the areas of both nursing homes and home- and community-based services. Shekinah is an assistant professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, at the University of Minnesota.

Shekinah Fashaw-Walters

Gay and Gray: Applying LGBTQ Welcoming Practices in Your Work

January 26, 2022 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM CST

Description

LGBTQ older adults face significant health, economic and social disparities when compared to their non-LGBTQ peers, often the result of a lifetime of oppression and trauma. In this interactive workshop you will review the results of the 2021 Minnesota LGBTQ Aging Needs Assessment. Using data obtained from that study, you will explore a tool to assess your organization’s LGBTQ welcoming policies and practices and develop an action plan. For up to a month after the event, participants can submit questions regarding their LGBTQ policies and practices for feedback from experts.

Instructor(s)
Megan Mueller

Megan Mueller, MPH
Megan is the Director of Education and Prevention at Rainbow Health. She oversees the professional education program, HIV testing and outreach, the Mainline Syringe Exchange, as well as the Shift MN Tobacco-Free Communities team. Megan is passionate about teaching professionals with hopes that the education they receive trickles down to more competent care for the community we love and serve. She also thrives doing prevention work and empowering communities with the tests, education, and supplies that allow people to make their own decisions through a risk-reduction, sex-positive lens. Megan has her Masters in Public Health from BRAC University in Bangladesh, where she lived, studied, and worked with an infectious disease research hospital in the capital, Dhaka.

Rajean Moone, PhD
Rajean’s professional career is dedicated to eliminating ageism and working on age-friendly initiatives that support the inclusion of older adults in society. He aided in the founding of Training to Serve, the Minnesota Diverse Elders Coalition, and Finish Strong Funders Network for Aging Services. Rajean’s work is spread across UMN with roles in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Center for Healthy Aging & Innovation, and MN Northstar GWEP. Rajean is appointed to the Faculty Senate, Campus Curriculum Committee, and Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota. Curriculum Committee, and Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota.

Rajean Moone

Part 1: Creating Surveys that Obtain the Best Data on Which to Make Decisions

February 24th, 2022 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM CST

Description

We all use surveys, whether online or paper, to solicit feedback from customers, program participants, and other stakeholders in our service delivery. Results from surveys are used to inform program development and implementation. But, are we creating surveys that are most impactful and avoid pitfalls that may compromise the information being collected? Part 1 of this 2-part applied workshop series will help you craft the most impactful survey to collect data. For up to a month after the event, participants can take advantage of the University’s expertise by submitting a draft survey for feedback on questions.

Instructor(s)

Tim Beebe, PhD
Tim is a professor and division head of the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Tim’s primary expertise is in the field of survey methodology, where he has a 30-year track record of testing new data collection methods in both general population and physician samples. His other research interests focus on patient-reported outcomes measurement, developing and testing health measures, health care policy, health care access for vulnerable populations, and learning health systems research, a form of health services research that is defined by its embeddedness in health systems. Prior to joining the School of Public Health, he was the chair of the Division of Health Care Policy & Research and director of the Survey Research Center within the Department of Health Sciences Research at Mayo Clinic as well as the deputy director of research for the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

Tim Beebe

Part 2: Analyzing Survey Results to Inform Strategy and Planning in Aging Services

March 24th, 2022 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM CST

Description

Now that you’ve designed and collected data, the next step is to analyze that data. If analyzed incorrectly, important decisions about program development and implementation can be compromised. In part 2 of this 2-part applied workshop series, we will learn how to analyze data obtained from surveys. What are different ways to analyze numbers from scales we used? What are different ways to code words and phrases? For up to a month after the event, participants can take advantage of the University’s expertise by submitting a data analysis plan for review.

Instructor(s)

Tim Beebe, PhD
Tim is a professor and division head of the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Tim’s primary expertise is in the field of survey methodology, where he has a 30-year track record of testing new data collection methods in both general population and physician samples. His other research interests focus on patient-reported outcomes measurement, developing and testing health measures, health care policy, health care access for vulnerable populations, and learning health systems research, a form of health services research that is defined by its embeddedness in health systems. Prior to joining the School of Public Health, he was the chair of the Division of Health Care Policy & Research and director of the Survey Research Center within the Department of Health Sciences Research at Mayo Clinic as well as the deputy director of research for the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

Tim Beebe
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