Training For Health Care Professionals

Continuing Education Modules (Free)

As a part of a federal grant, WE HAIL would like to collect certain demographic information about your background and work experiences along with evaluation questions about the training module. This information will not be revealed or become public. It will all be de-identified data which will better facilitate an understanding of the types of training needed to develop specific attitudes, knowledge, and skills related to working with older adults and caregivers. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Modules offered

Progress in Alzheimer’s Diagnosis and Treatment

CE Credits: Physicians, Nursing, Social Workers, LPC’s

Description: This program was developed to provide the audience with an overview of the progress in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.  Healthcare providers who do not typically work with or diagnosis patients with dementia will gain valuable information for their patients. Speaker: Steven DeKosky, MD

Duration: 1 hour

Why Do They Have Good Days and Bad Days – Factors Influencing Fluctuations in Cognition and Behavior in Alzheimer’s Disease

CE Credits: Physicians, Nursing, Social Workers, LPC’s

Description: How does thte caregiver account for why the person with disease changes from day to day and minute to minute? This presentation will provide information on the physiological and sensory changes that occur and how they manifest in function and behavior. Speaker: James Hall, PhD

Duration: 1 hour

Cognitive Assessment during the Annual Wellness Visit

CE Credits: Physicians, Nursing, Social Workers, LPC’s

Description: This presentation will cover how easily a cognitive assessment can be performed during the Medicare Annual Wellness visit. Speaker: Janice Knebl, DO, MBA; Nicky Brown, MSSW, LMSW

Duration: 1 hour

 What Does Research say about Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s?

CE Credits: Physicians, Nursing, Social Workers, LPC’s

Description: Can you reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease? If so, how? Can we use the word “prevention” when talking about a disease that we still don’t know the cause? What about lifestyle changes? What about environment? What about ethnicity? Can lifestyle changes impact a person who already has a diagnosis?  This presentation will touch on the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease such as modifiable, cardiovascular and lifestyle. Speaker: Keith Fargo, PhD

Duration: 1 hour

 The Illusion of Opioids

CE Credits: Physicians, Nursing, Social Workers, LPC’s, Certified Public Health

Description: Literature has shown that prescribers receive little education on the treatment of pain resulting in less effective pain treatment with worse outcomes. Attendees will learn the evidence-based analysis of the relative effectiveness of medications and their side effects with recommendations on how to improve treatment of acute and chronic pain. Speaker: Donald Teater, MD

Duration: 1 hour

 Multifactorial Risk Assessment and Evidence-based Interventions to Address Falls in Primary Care

CE Credits: Physicians, Nursing, Social Workers, Physical Therapists

Description: 20% of all falls cause broken bones, head injuries or other serious injuries and over 700,000 people a year are hospitalized for fall related injuries. (1) This activity will discuss how to identify those at risk for falling and how to implement evidence-based fall risk reduction interventions. Speaker: Nicoleta Bugnariu, PT, PhD; Sarah E. Ross, DO, MS

Duration: 1 hour

Team Approach to Hypertension

CE Credits: Pharmacy, Nursing, Social Work, Physicians

Description: Hypertension and how to treat it as a team. Speaker: Kristin Watson, PharmD

Duration: 1 hour

Community and the Health Care Team

CE Credits: Nursing, Certified Public Health, Social Work, Physicians

Description: The community can include the patient experience so it is necessary, as health care providers, to be aware of the impact community can have on its ability to provide care.  This eLearning activity will explore the role community plays within the health care.

Duration: 1 hour

PCMH: Tools to Build a Strong Foundation

CE Credits: Nursing, Certified Public Health, Social Work, Physicians

Description: The patient centered medical home (PCMH) model provides an opportunity for the provider to collaborate with the patient and the other members of the care team.  In order to successfully move to the patient-centered care model, the foundation of the practice needs to be strong.  This module will take a provider through the steps of developing a strong foundation.

Duration: 1 hour

Advanced Care Planning and Texas Directives: More than Document Completion

CE Credits: Nursing, Social Work, Physicians

Description: This presentation will review the importance of advance healthcare planning and of the discussions needed prior to completing directives. It will also include a brief overview of the main documents currently in use to document advance healthcare plans in Texas. Speaker: Kendra Belfi, MD

Duration: 1 hour

Medication Reconciliation: An Introductory Activity

CE Credits: Nursing, Physicians

Description: Medication errors (ME) are the most common type of health-system error, contributing to thousands and thousands of deaths annually. In the 1999 publication To Err is Human by the Institute of Medicine, it was determined that almost 2% of hospital admissions experienced a preventable adverse drug event.  Medication reconciliation is intended to be a systematic process designed to enhance patient safety by validating, at every point of care, a patient’s current medication regimen.  This activity will establish the need for medication reconciliation and educate health professionals on opportunities to conduct medication reconciliation with patients. Speakers: Caitlin Gibson, PharmD; Amulya Tatachar, PharmD; Shara Elrod, PharmD

Duration: 1 hour

Differentiating Dementia

CE Credits: Pharmacy, Nursing, Physicians

Description: Recognizing dementia can be challenging for healthcare providers. Even more so is differentiating the different types of dementia in order to guide management of course of therapy. Improving the diagnosis of the various forms of dementia can improve how the disease is managed, cost of care and patient outcomes.Speakers: Barbara Harty, RN, MSN, GNP; Sarah Ross, DO, MS; Reena Mathews, MD

Duration: 1 hour

Other Training Opportunities

  • Do you want to become a leader in geriatric practice? Get trained on the skills required to make your organization a leader in geriatric care through this 10 month institute offered through TCU Neeley School of Business and UNT Health Science Center. CEs pending. Applications due June 1, 2016. Click here to apply and get more information! 

Training Resources

  • STEADI Tool: Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. There are specific things that you, as their health care provider, can do to reduce their chances of falling. STEADI’s tools and educational materials will help you to Identify patients at low, moderate, and high risk for a fall; Identify modifiable risk factors; and offer effective interventions.
  • Dementia Friendly Communities: The Dementia Friendly America tools and resources help communities work toward dementia friendliness.
  • National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education: Connect with individuals, groups and organizations at all levels of experience across the country and help open doors to progress and possibilities.
  • American Geriatrics Society: The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a not-for-profit organization of nearly 6,000 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.
  • Gerontological Society of America: The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) fosters collaboration between biologists, health professionals, policymakers, behavioral and social scientists, and other age studies scholars and researchers. They believe the intersection of research from diverse areas is the best way to achieve the greatest impact and promote healthy aging.

Take a look at our Events page for upcoming symposiums, conferences, and more!

Older adults are among the fastest growing age group in the United States (US) and use many health care services, have complex conditions, and require professional expertise to meet their health care needs. With this increase in the older adult population, there is increased demand for healthcare professionals with specialized training in geriatrics.

WE HAIL strives to close this gap by educating more healthcare professionals into caring for older adults based on their needs. This will also foster interest towards working with geriatric populations to prepare for their growing population.

WE HAIL uses several tools and methods to develop geriatric patient-focused, evidence-based tools for health care professionals providing primary care in Tarrant County and across rural communities throughout Texas. Through our partnerships, training opportunities offer a wide variety of continuing medical education credits.

This page was last modified on November 29, 2016