LeadingAge Need to Know - 1.13.21

Members | January 13, 2021

LeadingAge Need to Know - 1.13.21

We are sharing the very latest with members with weekday morning email updates and live online updates three days a week. Visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Following are the latest news and resources.

A Message From Katie

LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan wrote a new message on the COVID-19 vaccine.

In the midst of your ongoing struggles with the virus, I urge you to set aside time today to take a deep breath and rejoice. For the first time, our world is able to take proactive steps, rather than reactive ones, to defeat this virus. The pandemic is not over. But, thankfully, we appear to be at the beginning of the end.

Read Katie’s entire message on the hope that arrived with the COVID-19 vaccine.

Share Your Vaccine Experience

As more COVID-19 vaccines become available, LeadingAge would like to have a better understanding of members’ experiences. Please take a moment to fill out this short survey by today.

Vaccine Educational & Communication Resources

LeadingAge is helping members with vaccine education. We’re sharing important educational resources and hosting special LeadingAge webinars with pharmacy partners CVS and Walgreens. We’ll also connect members with experts on vaccine education on weekly member online events. Visit our Vaccine Educational & Communication Resources page.

This Week’s Online Coronavirus Policy Update

Jack Rollins of the National Association of Medicaid Directors will be with us today at 3:30 p.m. ET to talk about what to expect in states related to Medicaid policy choices over the coming year. And tomorrow, Dr. Ruth Faden of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School will join us to offer insights on ethical questions related to how vaccines are allocated and offered. Register now to join us this week and every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

LeadingAge to Host HUD, CDC on Vaccine Panel

Join LeadingAge on January 19 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET to hear from the CDC, HUD, and Section 202 providers about COVID-19 vaccine distribution clinics. Vaccine clinics at HUD Section 202 communities, conducted by the CDC’s pharmacy partners, have helped residents and staff at housing communities gain access to COVID-19 vaccines in the earliest distribution. The January 19 vaccine forum will feature remarks from CDC and HUD, as well as updates and insights from housing providers who have hosted vaccine clinics through the Pharmacy Partnership, followed by an audience Q&A. Register here to attend.

New Insights and Tools From LeadingAge

LeadingAge staff experts are developing essential advocacy, guidance and tools, and curating the most relevant resources for aging services providers on COVID-19 and beyond, including:

A complete timeline of insights, tools, and useful COVID-19 links is available here, so you’ll never miss an update.

AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

The AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network is offering a no-cost COVID-19 community of practice for nursing home staff and administrators. The Network will cover topics including:

  • Infection control practices
  • Vaccine distribution
  • Testing and case management
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Managing social isolation

More than 8,500 nursing homes have already joined the Network. Sign up now to take advantage of a final enrollment period. If you have any questions, contact Janine Finck-Boyle.

Questions? Ask LeadingAge National, Your State Association, or Each Other

There are many ways to get help during this crisis. Contact LeadingAge’s national team directly or email us at covid@leadingage.org. If you have questions about local and state issues, contact your state association. Join the MyLeadingAge Member Community COVID-19 group to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for dealing with the coronavirus.