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Workforce Development Conference


An Area Wide Summit on Workforce Development and 
Training in the Care of Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities

September 28, 2017
9AM – 3:45PM

Turf Valley Resort
2700 Turf Valley Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

The registration for this event is closed.

Please contact Jamie Jaegers at 443-543-5628 if you missed the registration deadline and are still interested in attending the 2017 Workforce Development Summit.

On September 28, 2017, the Erickson School and the Willging Endowment will present a Summit on workforce development in the long-term care industry. Representatives from Maryland’s community colleges, educators at the high school level, long-term care facility administrators and key staff, and industry leaders will gather to discuss and identify the action steps to be taken to assure that a well-trained staff will be available to the rapidly changing needs of the provider community.  Mark your calendar now to join us in September!

The Summit has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 6 clock hours and 6 participant hours.

Paul R. Willging Award of Excellence

“The field of aging services is full of unsung heroes. The purpose of the Willging Endowment is to recognize those individuals and organizations who have made a positive difference in the care and quality of services provided to older adults in either a professional or volunteer capacity. The award is to reflect work that meets one or more the following:

  • Demonstrated marked improvements to the quality of health and human services for the older adult
  • Brought about changes through innovation, e.g., workforce development and training, or enhanced partnerships that affected support for seniors
  • Improved the delivery of services especially targeted for older adults
  • Initiated and/or promoted volunteer initiatives that positively affected older adults at the community level

This year we would like to recognize Dr. William Leahy

A preliminary agenda for the day includes:

*NOTE: The location has been changed to the Crystal Room.

Time   Location
Check in at the registration table outside of the Crystal Room. Light refreshments will be available. Registration area
Conference opening
• Ron Carlson,
Executive Director, The Paul R. Willging Endowment
• Allan Kittleman,
County Executive, Howard County, Maryland
• Carol Beatty, Secretary, Maryland Department of Disabilities
• Rona Kramer,
Secretary, Maryland Department of Aging
Crystal Room
9:15 – 10:00
Speaker #1
• Scott Townsley, J.D.
Professor of the Practice, Erickson School
“Descriptive Assessment Of Challenges, Barriers And Opportunities In The Care Of Older Adults: Changing Demographics And Changing Systems Of Care Create An Opportunity For Innovation And New Thinking.”
Crystal Room
10:00 – 10:45
Speaker #2
• Robyn Stone
Executive Director, Leading Age Center for Applied Research
“Improving The Long Term Care Workforce Serving Older Adults – Strategies That Work: Expanding Worker Supply Through Improved Education, Employee Incentives And New Career Opportunities
Crystal Room
10:45 – 11:00
Break and networking
  Registration area
11:00 – Noon
Individual presentations
“Models of Success”
• Ron Carlson
Moderator, Executive Director, The Paul R. Willging Endowment
• William Leahy
High School Home Health Foundation: A Practicum On Building An Area Wide High School Based Training Program Tuition Free For CNA/GNA Training
• Julie Parks
Grand Rapids Community College Director, Workforce Training. Health Career Pathways: Putting In Place A Free And Low-Cost Training Via A Regional Partnership With Health Care Employers
• Nina Roa,
Specialist, Career and Technology Education, Maryland Dept. of Education – A roadmap of the career and technology components that produce successful programs
Crystal Room
Noon – 1:15
Paul R. Willging Award of Excellence presented to 
Dr. William Leahy
• Ron Carlson
introducing Freeman Hrabowski III, President, UMBC – Assuring A Skilled Workforce In Long Term Care: What Will It Take and What Can Educators Do?
Crystal Room
1:15 – 2:15
Panel discussion #2
“Resources to Jumpstart Workforce Training”
• Kevin Heffner
Moderator. President, Lifespan
• CAPT Young Song
DrPH, MPH, MS, RDMS, PH, RD, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS
• Peggy Powell
Director, Workforce and Curriculum Development, PHI
• Laura Ginsburg
Division Chief, Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor
Crystal Room
2:30 – 3:45
Panel discussion #3
“Coming To Grips With The Barriers To Workforce Development: Sustainable Solutions And Urgent Opportunities”
• Judah Ronch,
Moderator. Dean, Erickson School, UMBC
• Michael DiGiacomo,
Executive Director, GWDB, Maryland Department Of Labor
• Kathleen Hebbel,
Associate Director, Maryland WorkSmart
• Veronica Cool,
Founder, Cool and Associates
• Daniel Bustillo,
Director, Healthcare Career Advancement Program

Audience commentary by: Jackie Harris. President and CEO, Integrace

Crystal Room


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