Building Vaccine Confidence Among Nursing Home Staff (Archive 8/18/21)

1.0 CME / 1.0 CMD Management 

This webinar will discuss strategies to build COVID-19 vaccine confidence and provide approaches to overcoming barriers to vaccination among nursing homes staff.

Recent data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) show that approximately 59% of nursing home staff in the nation are fully vaccinated. While approximately 81% of the nation’s nursing home residents are fully vaccinated, both staff and residents in long term care facilities are still at high risk of contracting the virus. As the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread and COVID-19 case numbers continue to increase, it is crucial to build vaccine confidence among LTC staff and protect our nation’s most vulnerable populations.  

This webinar will feature trusted experts who will share best practices and strategies to help overcome challenges to getting nursing home staff vaccinated


Invest in Trust: A Guide for Building COVID-19 Vaccine Trust and Increasing Vaccination Rates Among CNAs

AMDA’s COVID-19 Vaccine Education Toolkit

Learning Objectives

By the end of the webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Implement key takeaways and strategies from the Invest in Trust guide (co-authored by panelist Ann Christiano from the Center for Public Interest Communications and commissioned by The AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network).
  • Describe CNA and frontline staff perspectives and concerns.
  • Discover ways in which medical directors can help build vaccine confidence among staff in PALTC settings.
  • identify approaches to improve communication and messaging to encourage nursing home staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Speaker Information:

Moderator: Ghinwa Dumyati, MD

Panel: Ann Christiano; Leslie Eber, MD, CMD; Lori Porter

Ann Christiano is the director of the Center for Public Interest Communications and clinical professor of the Department of Public Relations at the University of Florida. She is the lead researcher for the Invest in Trust: A Guide for Building COVID-19 Vaccine Trust Among Certified Nursing Assistants guide developed for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in collaboration with Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico Health Science Center.

Ghinwa Dumyati, MD, is an infectious diseases physician and a professor of medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her research focuses on surveillance and prevention of antibiotic resistance organisms, healthcare-associated infections and C. difficile. She is also experienced in antibiotic stewardship and has assisted nursing homes in establishing their own programs. She is a co-chair of the AMDA Infection Advisory Committee and a Fellow of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology.

Leslie Eber, MD, CMD, is board certified in internal medicine and is a certified medical director. Dr. Eber divides her time between clinical practice, medical directorship and research. She is the medical director of Orchard Park Health Care Center in Greenwood Village, CO. Dr. Eber is an advisor to the Governor’s COVID-19 Residential Care Settings Strike Team and provides expertise for the Colorado AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network. Dr. Eber is on the national board of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and is the current president of CMDA – The Colorado Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Lori Porter is co-founder and chief executive officer of the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA). Ms. Porter started her career in long-term care in 1980 as a dietary aide. She then moved on to be a certified nursing assistant (CNA) for seven years, a nursing home administrator for nearly seven years, and an operations director. In 1995, she followed a dream and cocreated the NAHCA, to honor and recognize CNAs and other frontline care providers who serve our nations frail, elderly and disabled as well as elevate the profession of nursing assistant through professional development, advocacy, and empowerment.

Credit Information:

Activity Created 8/2021

Credits Available Until 8/2024

Credit Statements: 

CME: AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CMD: This self-study activity has been pre-approved by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) for a total of 1.0 management hours toward certification or recertification as a Certified Medical Director (CMD) in post-acute and long-term care medicine. The CMD program is administered by the ABPLM. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit actually spent on the activity.

Visit the Continuing Education page for information on if and how you can claim credit/hours for AMDA’s education.

Disclosure Information:

The Society requires the disclosure of all speaker/faculty/planner’s relevant financial relationships; presence of off-label use of a device or medication; and discussion of any experimental, new or evolving topic prior to each accredited education activity.

If the learner perceives any bias toward a commercial product or service, advocation of unscientific approaches to diagnosis or therapy, or recommendation, treatment, or manners of practicing healthcare that are determined to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or are known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients please report this to the Society’s staff.

All relationships have been identified, mitigated, and resolved. 

The following speakers have financial relationships to report: Ghinwa Dumyati, MD - Roche Diagnostics: Advisory Board (Relationship has ended); Pfizer: Grant Research Support (Principal Investors); all others have no relationships to disclose.

The following AMDA Online Education Committee members have financial relationships to report: Robert Zorowitz, MD, MBA, CMD – United Health Group: Stock Shareholder; all others have no relationships to disclose.

AMDA staff have no financial relationships to disclose.