Our goal is to support curriculum development on care of older adults residing in nursing homes—including care of persons living with dementia—within the context of the Age-Friendly Health Systems 4Ms Framework in order to build a strong pipeline and retention of nursing care staff in long-term care (LTC).

The Cross Cultural Health Care Program

With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA Grant Number U1QHP28742), DPEN is working with the Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP) to prepare and empower nurses and CNAs by interrupting systemic racism, oppression, bias, and discrimination in LTC systems, thereby improving the quality of life, patient care, and job satisfaction for all staff.

If you are interested in learning more about how to become involved in any of the following bolded items, please contact us and we will get you connected.

Develop DEI curriculum

  • Dementia-focused training modules
  • DEI LTC Listening Sessions and needs assessments in long-term care facilities
  • DEI-focused training modules developed for long-term care staff to provide more equitable care of residents.
  • Up to 2 pilot training sessions

Train undergraduate nursing students

  • Incorporate dementia-focused training into Excellence in LTC Externship
    • Externs work in LTC facilities
  • Incorporate DEI training into UW SoN undergraduate curricula

Train CNA students

  • Administer DEI training in an accredited, certified CNA program
  • Submit DEI training to WA State-required core CNA curriculum

Train CNA staff in LTC

  • Administer DEI training to currently employed CNAs in 2-4 nursing homes in medically underserved areas who will receive CNE credits