Program Summary


DPEN worked with the Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP)—with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA Grant Number U1QHP28742)—to develop curriculum for the care of older adults in nursing homes (including people living with dementia) in the context of the Age-Friendly Health Systems 4M’s Framework.  We are preparing and empowering nurses and certified nursing assistants (CNA’s) to interrupt systemic racism, oppression, bias, and discrimination in long-term care (LTC) systems.  We hope this will help build a strong, long-lasting supply of staff in LTC and improve LTC residents’ quality of life, care, and the job satisfaction for all LTC staff.

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DPEN and CCHCP’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy

Develop DEI curriculum

  • 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 to residents.
  • 8 in-person sessions across 4 sites

Train undergraduate nursing students

  • Incorporated dementia-focused training into Excellence in LTC Externship
    • Externs worked in LTC facilities
  • Incorporated DEI training into UW School of Nursing BSN curriculum through the “Transition to Nursing Practice” course in Winter and Spring 2024

Train CNA Students

  • Tested curriculum with students through The CNA Association: NAHCA
  • Will administer DEI training in an accredited, CNA program
  • Will submit DEI training to WA State-required core CNA curriculum

Train CNA staff in LTC

  • Administered DEI training to currently employed CNA’s in 2 nursing homes in medically underserved areas