Minnesota Geriatrics ECHO Offers Virtual Community

Formed in 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on nursing homes in Minnesota and the region, the Minnesota Geriatrics ECHO has evolved and now serves a diverse mix of clinical and operational leadership from Minnesota’s aging services field.

Minnesota Geriatrics ECHO represents a partnership among the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, School of Nursing, College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS), and School of Public Health. The collaborative annually offers 22 educational sessions, each an hour long, on a wide variety of topics designed to improve quality of life for older adults and operational outcomes for Minnesota’s nursing homes and skilled care settings. Participants include medical directors, nurse leaders, assisted living directors, nursing home administrators, geriatric clinicians, social workers, and more.

“After the pandemic slowed down, we determined there is still a significant need for a place where people working in senior living could come to explore different topics with their peers,” said Rajean P. Moone, PhD, LNHA, LALD, FGSA, faculty director of the Long Term Care Administration program in CCAPS. “With the ‘all teach, all learn’ approach, we continue to explore a wide spectrum of topics related to services and clinical interventions in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.”

Read the rest of the story in Minnesota Geriatrics ECHO Offers Virtual Community to Share Best Practices, Improve Quality of Life and Operational Outcomes for Minnesota’s Older Adults by Jennifer Syltie Johnson.