HHS Quality in Long-Term Care Conference

Aug. 12-13, 2019
Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center
Georgetown, Texas

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Texas Health and Human Services and the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing are hosting an informative two-day, free conference on quality long-term care. At this event, formerly known as the HHS Geriatric Symposium, providers will gain professional knowledge from nationally and internationally recognized speakers about evidence-based best practices, current health-care trends and cutting-edge advances in long-term care, aging and disabilities.

Day One: Empowering Nurses Across the Long-Term Care Continuum. The first day of the conference will provide a professional focus on topics such as:

  • Dementia
  • Mental health
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Aging
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Technology related to disabilities
  • Current health-care issues like opioids and addiction for RNs and LVNs who work in long-term care, with older adults or with people who have disabilities.

Day Two: Connecting the Dots: Improving Quality and Safety Across the Long-Term Care Continuum. The second day focuses on information relevant to multiple health-care disciplines, community providers, family members and consumers. Topics include trauma-informed care, palliative care, aging and person-centered thinking.

Featured Speakers

Day One

JoAnne Reifsnyder, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, FAAN
Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer
Genesis HealthCare

Dr. Reifsnyder is responsible for leader development, nursing strategy and clinical quality, safety and efficiency at Genesis HealthCare.

She serves on the Board of Hospice Foundation of America. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nursing Leadership , the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, the National Gerontological Nursing Association and Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Reifsnyder was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2015.

Dr. Reifsnyder completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychosocial oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She also holds a PhD in nursing from the University of Maryland, an MBA from George Washington University, a master's degree in nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Holy Family College.

Michael Weber
Founder, Southwestern Consulting Leadership Institute

For 26 years, Michael Weber has been motivating and inspiring people to break out of restrictive patterns of thought and behavior and open themselves up to achieve greater success in their field. His passion is helping people to ignite their performance by challenging assumptions and patterns of thought and behavior. Weber now speaks internationally on leadership, resiliency, teamwork and communication.

Day Two

Veronica Cool, MSF
Founder, Cool & Associates

After 20 years in the corporate sector, Veronica launched Cool & Associates, a management consulting firm to bridge the mainstream world to the Hispanic segment in the United States. The firm specializes in an integrated model of providing solutions for marketing, workforce development and training.

Cool has presented internationally in various conferences, addressing topics such as Hispanic engagement, diverse segment marketing, minority and /Women Business Enterprise, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, access to capital and women in business and leadership. She is a columnist for Huffington Post, The Daily Record and Mundo Latino.

Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD
Principal, Health Management Associates

Barry J. Jacobs is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and principal for Health Management Associates, a national health-care consulting firm. He is the national spokesperson on caregiving for the American Heart Association and an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association.

Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor's degree from Brown University and his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann and Widener universities.

Continuing Education Credits

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission Medicaid and CHIP Services plans to offer continuing education credit for licensed social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, registered dietitians, certified nurse aides, long-term care ombudsmen, guardianship, assisted living facility managers, licensed nursing facility administrators, nursing facility activity directors, licensed psychology professionals, licensed professional counselors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, Day Activity and Health Services managers, and home health and hospice managers.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission Long-Term Care Regulatory Services is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver with distinction, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Conference Hotel Information

Sheraton Georgetown Austin Hotel & Conference Center
1001 Woodlawn Avenue
Georgetown, TX 78628

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Conference Partners

Visit the Second Wind Dreams website.Visit the UT School of Nursing website.Visit the Texas Board of Nursing website.Visit the Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization website.Visit the UT San Antonio School of Nursing website.Visit the Texas Health Care Association website.Visit the TMF Quality Innovation Network website.Visit the Texas Culture Change Coalition website.Visit the Texas Veterans' Land Board website.Visit the UT San Antonio Health website.Visit the International Center of Excellence for Evidence Based Practices website.Visit the Alzheimer's Association website.