Nursing Home STRONG ECHO

Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes

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Education and peer support to build an network of STRONG nursing homes

Join HSC Health Center for Older Adults faculty and their professional colleagues for an education program and CE opportunity that covers topics to of interest to today’s long-term care facilities. Hosted live over Zoom, each one-hour session consists of an information-packed slide show presentation and a case study, followed by an opportunity to further discuss the topic, ask questions of the experts, and hear how colleagues are dealing with similar issues.  Each session also includes an infection prevention update.

Nursing Home STRONG offers free CE/CME to participants! Click here for accreditation details.

To join, click the registration button below. You only need to register once. After that, we will email you a link to join each Nursing Home STRONG ECHO session.

Can’t join live? Check out our pre-recorded ECHO sessions on YouTube!


1st Wednesday of the month, from 10:30 to 11:30 am CST
via Zoom

August 3 – Family Communication
Everyone wants the best for those in our care. Identify common family grievances and discuss strategies to address concerns and avoid conflicts.

September 7 – Feeding Options
Ensuring that residents with feeding disorders get proper nutrition can be complicated. Examine diet downgrades, resident rights, and feeding tube placement in post-acute and long-term care settings.

October 12 – Avoiding Burnout (date change)
When nursing staff is stressed and exhausted, the entire facility is impacted. Discover new means for promoting and protecting mental health among staff and residents.

November 9 – Collaboration with Clinicians (date change)
Nursing home employees rely on each other to do their jobs. Apply teamwork principles to critical communications between care teams at different levels.

December 7- Medication Burden
How many medications are too many? Examine the risks and challenges of polypharmacy and medication burden and discuss how facility care teams can promote medication optimization.

December 14 – Care Transitions (added session)
Hospitals routinely transfer patients to nursing home but that process doesn’t always go as well as it should. Learn ways to ensure that care transitions happen smoothly.


2023 Nursing Home STRONG ECHO Series
Emergency Preparedness for Long Term Care

1st Wednesday of the month, from 10:30 to 11:30 am CST
via Zoom

Preparing for emergencies in long-term care facilities means more than having a plan in place. In spring 2023, Nursing Home STRONG takes a closer look at emergency preparedness. Beginning with evaluating your existing plan, the seven ECHO sessions consider how to prepare for different types of threats and manage staff and resident responses. Each session employs a combination of didactic presentations and case studies from actual situations, considering emergency preparedness from several angles.

February 1 – Evaluating your Emergency Preparedness Plan
Review regulatory requirements for nursing facilities related to emergency preparedness.

March 1 – Communication is Key
Discuss real world applications of the facility emergency preparedness plan.

April 5 – Supporting Mental Health During Crisis Times
Identify mental health needs and provide support during times of crisis.

June 7 – Special Considerations for Persons Living with Dementia
Discuss accommodations to emergency preparedness procedures to support persons living with dementia.

July 5 – Planning Ahead for Natural Disasters: Hunker Down or Clear ‘em Out!
Describe approaches for sheltering in place contrasted with evacuation for natural disasters.

August 2 – Facility Safeguards Against Internal and External Threats
Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding to law enforcement officials.

September 6 – Avoiding Infectious Outbreak through Proactive Procedures
Demonstrate infection prevention and control procedures for unanticipated infectious disease outbreaks.

For more information, please contact:Projectecho Cmyk 01

Susanna Luk-Jones, MS