Revisiting the Teaching Nursing Home Initiative Presents to CDC and Shares Progress Report

In December, the Revisiting the Teaching Nursing Home Initiative (RTNH) shared reports of their work from the past six months to advance the pilot project to trial and validate a better model of residential care for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's frailest residents. This work is made possible by funders The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, The Independence Foundation, and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF).

Members of the RTNH team presented on long-term care workforce engagement and expansion during a December 6th webinar for state health departments and long-term care stakeholders. JHF COO and Chief Program Officer and RTNH Primary Investigator Nancy Zionts, MBA, and Andrew Naugle, nursing home administrator of Centre Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center shared examples of innovative education-based collaborations that could be models for supporting expansion of the geriatrics/long-term care workforce in partnership with public health agencies across the country. The webinar was hosted for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by The John A. Hartford Foundation.

On December 13, the RTNH National and Statewide Advisory Group, chaired by Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior advisor for aging with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, held their second quarterly meeting. The group had not met since the early days of the initiative and were brought up to date on the activities of the partners from nursing homes and schools of nursing which have been working to implement the RTNH strategies, including the Age Friendly Health Systems framework for resident care. Since August, the RTNH members have worked to determine measures to track the workforce and resident progress over the course of the initiative. Howard Degenholtz, PhD, professor of health policy and management and faculty affiliate of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health has been named as the project evaluator and will support project and survey data collection and analysis of insights from nursing students, faculty, and nursing home staff and administrators. The Advisory Group meeting included a discussion on education and challenges being faced by the project partners and national counterparts, such as retention and recruitment of frontline workers and disruptions to training and clinical site placements caused by COVID-19.

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