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CHAASE Hosts Annual Fall Forum: "Perspectives about leadership during and after COVID-19 in the Senior Care Field"

Thursday, September 9th, 2021 marked the date of the Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence (CHAASE) Fall Forum, titled "Perspectives about leadership during and after COVID-19 in the Senior Care Field."  Due to COVID-19 concerns, the event was held virtually as nearly 200 participants attended.  

The year’s forum discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the field of health and aging services, which has been challenged in many ways and is in the forefront of the public eye. The forum was an opportunity for academics and practitioners to inform and influence the ageing services field. With the challenging COVID -19 pandemic, participants were able to listen to experts regarding their creative solutions that helped them address difficult issues during these times.

Panelist consisted of:  John Sauer (CEO of LeadingAge WI), Erin Shvetzoff Hennessey (CEO of Health Dimensions Group), Lieske Giese (Director of Eau Claire County Public Health Department) and Peter Schuna (President of Pathway Health Services).  Dr. Lindsey Creapeau (UW-EC's Administrative Residency Coordinator, Instructor and the Associate Director of CHAASE) served as the moderator.

Promoting the advancement and implementation of effective practices across the continuum of senior care requires progressive leadership and a commitment to improving the environment for residents, clients, and staff.  The quality and sustainability of new approaches and models for delivering a quality product and service depends on good support, high impact practices, and potentially new partnerships to chart the future course of the field.

Panelists and participants explored the following questions:

  • What is the current environment and what challenges exist in the field today?
  • What impact has COVID-19 had on leadership and organizational performance?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities ahead and how might we address them?
  • What are practices or new partnerships that you see carrying forward?
  • What are the new skillsets and talents required based on the pandemic for emerging leaders?