Douglas County Health Center Foundation
Celebrating Twenty Years: Lectures, Conferences, and Educational Events, Oh My!
The previous six months our eNewsletter has focused on foundation work that benefits residents of Douglas County Health Center. An additional aspect of our mission that happens alongside our resident work is that we strive to support staff learning and educational opportunities.
Events that the foundation has sponsored include bringing in Teepa Snow, a nationally recognized advocate for those living with dementia. Ms. Snow came to the health center in 2013 to lead employee seminars on how to better care for and support those living with their changing cognitive and physical abilities. The day of seminars proved so popular and helpful that we haven't ruled out bringing her back to the health center for another working visit!
In 2011 and 2013 we sponsored the attendance of two employees each year at the Pioneer Network Conference. The employees who attended were chosen via a foundation led contest that asked them to write a brief essay on why they'd like to attend and if they would agree to bring back the knowledge they gained and provide an in-service training to their fellow employees. Both years we had wonderful full-time, long-term care employees attend and the feedback we received from their participation was heartening.
Several years back Dr. Bill Thomas of Eden Alternative visited the health center for a two-day, foundation sponsored program working with employees. Though the health center has now moved more towards the Pioneer Network model of care and support, at the time having Dr. Thomas lecture and workshop with employees was an informative and noteworthy experience. His organization was instrumental in leading the way to think differently about long-term care, most meaningfully through shifting people's mindset away from the perception of long-term care as an institution and more towards making long-term care a home.
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