LeadingAge Need to Know - 1.6.21

Members | January 06, 2021

LeadingAge Need to Know - 1.6.21

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.

This Week's Online Coronavirus Policy Update

Join us for today’s online update with Dr. Robin Jump, an infectious diseases physician at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She’ll discuss ways to address staff vaccine hesitancy, side effects and dealing with them, and the new UK strain and its interaction with vaccines. Allison Salopeck, CEO of Jennings Center for Older Adults in Ohio, will also join us to discuss the vaccine clinic experience in a large multi-service organization.

Tomorrow, Tamara Konetzka, professor of health sciences at the University of Chicago, will join our online update. Her professional focus is nursing home quality, and she will discuss recent research regarding COVID cases and deaths in nursing homes. Dr. Konetzka testified before the Senate Aging Committee in late May, telling Senators that she found “no meaningful relationship between nursing home quality and the probability of at least one COVID case or death.” Register now to join all our updates.

Vaccine Town Hall for Assisted Living and Senior Housing Providers

Next Tuesday, January 12 at 12 p.m. ET, join LeadingAge, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Public Health, and the Baltimore City Health Department for a town hall for assisted living and senior housing administrators, managers, and staff. The event’s panel, including Ruth Link-Gelles from the Pharmacy Partnership Program and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein from JHU, will address the science behind vaccines, vaccination distribution, messaging strategies, infection prevention, and other vaccine updates. Learn more and register here.

Advocating for Members: Letter to the New Congress

Yesterday, LeadingAge sent a Letter to the 117th Congress congratulating them on being sworn in and introducing them to the needs of older Americans and aging services providers. “Your actions in the coming months can preserve the country’s aging services system. We look forward to working with you on legislative proposals that will ensure aging services providers have the vaccines, testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), workforce, and financial resources they desperately need to continue providing the high-quality services and supports they are committed to delivering,” we write. Read the entire letter and our detailed asks.

LeadingAge and Abbott Training on BinaxNOW Testing Cards

Abbott will be hosting a training for LeadingAge and VNAA members on January 12 at 1 p.m. ET. The training will cover the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid testing cards, the affiliated NAVICA App, and the new at-home option for utilizing these tests. Register for the training here.

Learn From Peers with the Pandemic Playbook
The Pandemic Playbook is an interactive collection of insight, wisdom, and best practices for serving older adults during a catastrophic health crisis like the one we’re facing. The Playbook will help ensure that aging services providers can prepare for and mitigate the impact of a pandemic in the future—and can help you apply the learning from the last year. Visit the Playbook now at playbook.leadingage.org.

Strategic Consulting for Members

Looking for a deeper level of direct support around your organization’s care delivery in the new year? With our partners at ATI Advisory, a research and advisory services firm, we can work with you to transform the delivery of health care and aging services for older adults. ATI helps provider organizations like LeadingAge members to evaluate market opportunities and assess options for developing new partnerships, capabilities, and risk-arrangements. Learn more about LeadingAge Consulting and working with ATI.

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

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.