Program Summary


We want to development 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 hope this will help build a strong, long-lasting supply of staff in long-term care (LTC).

DPEN is working with the Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP) with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA Grant Number U1QHP28742).  Our two organizations will prepare and empower nurses and certified nursing assistants (CNA’s) to interrupt systemic racism, oppression, bias, and discrimination in LTC systems.  This will improve LTC residents’ quality of life, patient care, and job satisfaction for all LTC staff.

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

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

Develop DEI curriculum

Train undergraduate nursing students

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

Train CNA Students

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

Train CNA staff in LTC

  • Administer DEI training to currently employed CNA’s in 2 to 4 nursing homes in medically underserved areas who will receive continuing nursing education (CNE) credits

WA Nursing Commission DEI Workgroup’s Timeline and Progress

Workgroup Timeline 2022-2023 June 2022: Launched workgroup and identified initial workgroup members August 2022: Finalized workgroup goals, divided into subcommittees, appointed chairs Q4/22 - Q1/23: Listening sessions, developed protocol for DEI assessment in LTC and protocol for facilitating conversations with staff Q1/Q2 2023: Coordinate and pilot training curriculum and facilitating conversations with pilot participants Q2/3 2023: Evaluation report and integration into UW SoN undergraduate and graduate programs for 600+ students