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Join the Leadership Academy success story!

At the request of our members, IHCA is pleased to again offer the IHCA ICAL ICHC Leadership Academy, beginning June 6-7 in West Des Moines. In response to members' requests, the program was designed to help leaders and their organizations achieve excellence. This intensive training program is designed to elevate knowledge, build skills, and promote targeted competencies for leaders who work in nursing facilities, assisted living programs and home health organizations.

The long term services and supports profession is highly complex and grows more complicated each year. It takes highly competent leadership to manage a successful, quality care organization. Unfortunately nursing home, assisted living and home health leaders often do not learn practical leadership skills and effective quality management strategies in their core training programs. Historically, many of these competencies have been learned “on the job” and for many this learning is too little, too late. As a result, many promising leaders end up frustrated and move from facility to facility, or worse, look for a different career path.

This intensive training program is designed to elevate knowledge, build skills and promote targeted competencies for leaders who work in long term service and support settings.

  1. Workplace Excellence - Includes leadership, workforce stability, person centered care practices, art of communication, and staff empowerment.
  2. Achieving and Sustaining Change - Vision and mission led organization, strategic planning, managing change, technology, future trends, professional advocacy, and resources for excellence.
  3. QAPI – Quality Assurance, Performance Improvement - QAPI in action, data mechanics and management, quality initiatives, key partners, and transparency
  4. The Changing Post-Acute Care Landscape - Patient safety in post-acute care, managed care, new reimbursement models, and requirements of participation.
Program participants
The target audience for this course is licensed nursing home and home health agency administrators and assisted living managers with at least 2 years experience in the profession. Enrollment will be limited to a small group of applicants showing interest in and commitment to operationalizing the skills, techniques, and strategies covered by the course through individualized quality improvement projects and assignments to be conducted over a 9-12 month period in their respective organizations. Those chosen will be asked to commit to attending all four days of the Leadership Academy sessions scheduled in 2018.

Participants applying for this program will need to complete some pre-session reading and be involved in small group networking and sharing. Additional resources will be recommended for participant use in the development and deployment of the individualized projects. At the completion of the course work, participants will share with others participants the results of their projects.

To learn more or to register for this important professional growth opportunity specific to long term care services and supports, click here to see the program brochure/registration form or contact Mary Jane Carothers at IHCA for more information. 

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Education Calendar
NW District Meeting & Education, May 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Storm Lake
SNF Medicare Review, May 9, 2018, West Des Moines
NE District Meeting & Education, May 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Cedar Falls
Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Review, May 16, West Des Moines
Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 17, West Des Moines
SE District Meeting & Education, May 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., West Liberty
SW District Meeting & Education, May 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Atlantic
Nursing Facility Reimbursement Conference, May 31, West Des Moines
LTC Medical Directors, Medical Practitioners & Pharmacists Conference, June 1-2, West Des Moines
Activity Professionals Workshop, June 14, Des Moines (See corrected date)
Summer Quarterly Education Conference, June 20, Des Moines
LTC Dietary Conference, June 26, West Des Moines
Assisted Living Management Certification, Online program
Online Dementia Care Training and Individual Certification Program
Click on the event link to learn more about each educational offering and to register. If you have additional questions, contact Georgene Olson at 800.422.3106.

West Des Moines area hotel discounts for IHCA members.

Map to the IHCA Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.


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