Webinars and Teleconferences


Upcoming Webinars & Teleconferences

    There are no upcoming webinars at this time; please see the archived webinars section for past webinars.

    Archived webinars

    Accelerating boosters to support safe visitation for long-term care residents

    Friday, February 4, 3:30pm ET

    Update: Recording and materials are now available courtesy of The Consumer Voice: watch on YouTube and download a list of resources presented during the webinar.

    Please join ACL and the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care for a discussion of COVID-19 boosters as a way to support safe visitation and promote family connections for residents of long-term care facilities. 

    The CDC recommends booster shots for everyone 12 and older to help keep up the protection provided by COVID-19 vaccines. Boosters are especially important for people who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities because of their increased risk of both infection and serious illness or death due to COVID-19. However, although the majority of nursing home residents completed initial vaccinations, fewer have received boosters, leaving residents at increased risk. 

    The webinar will explore the important role families play in residents’ decisions to get boosters and how families can help their loved ones get fully protected. It also will discuss strategies for ACL’s networks to effectively engage families on the importance of boosters. Speakers from CMS and the White House COVID-19 Response Team also will share the latest information on boosters. 

    Speakers include:

    Alison Barkoff, Principal Deputy Administrator, Administration for Community Living Lori Smetanka, Executive Director, National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care


    American Sign Language and CART will be provided. Please contact Marcia Gordon at marcia.gordon@acl.hhs.gov by Wednesday, Feb. 2 if you need any other accommodations to participate.

    • Dr. Cameron Webb, Senior Policy Advisor for Equity on the White House COVID-19 Team
    • Evan Shulman, Director, Division of Nursing Homes, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    • Mark Miller, President, National Association of State LTC Ombudsman Programs

    ACL Webinar on COVID-19 Booster Shots with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
    Webinar: Tuesday, December 14, 11:00am ET 

    Please join U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Administration for Community Living Principal Deputy Administrator Alison Barkoff Tuesday at 11am ET for a Zoom webinar on COVID-19 vaccine boosters for people with disabilities and older adults.

    CDC now recommends boosters for everyone 16 and older six months after your second Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna dose OR two months after your first Johnson & Johnson dose.

    If you need accommodations to participate in the webinar with either Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) or closed captioning, please contact Marcia Gordon at marcia.gordon@acl.hhs.gov.

    Locating and Engaging Hard-to-Reach Members During COVID-19: A Panel Discussion
    Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 12:00 – 1:30 PM ET

    Resources for Integrated Care (RIC) invites you to attend a webinar featuring speakers from health plans that serve people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. These speakers will share strategies related to engaging hard-to-reach members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    As a population, people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid are more likely to have one or more chronic medical conditions and serious mental illness (SMI) than Medicare-only beneficiaries. They also experience more negative social drivers of health. The COVID-19 pandemic has made in-person engagement much more difficult and has magnified health and social needs. During this time, reaching these members is both more pressing and more challenging.
    In 2021, RIC launched Integrated Care Community of Practice (ICCoP), a learning community of outreach and care coordination staff from 20 national and local health plans focused on sharing promising practices for reaching and engaging members in primary and specialist care, social services, and long-term services and supports.
    This panel discussion will offer promising practices that emerged from the ICCoP and elsewhere. By the end of this discussion, attendees should be able to identify strategies for:

    Locating hard-to-reach members, including through the deployment of community health workers and through partnerships with community-based organizations. Addressing unmet social needs and building trust through tangible supports for members. Developing information system approaches to contacting hard-to-reach members. Reaching members with limited English proficiency, those experiencing homelessness, or those with SMI. Providing COVID-19 vaccine outreach and education to hard-to-reach members. 

    ADA National Network Special Session: Has the COVID-19 Vaccine Effort Worked for People with Disabilities?" 
    November 9, 2021, 2.30pm ET

    In this presentation, CDC survey data will be reviewed that shows adults with a disability are more likely to report difficulty getting a COVID-19 vaccine compared to adults without a disability. Despite disparities related to COVID-19 vaccine access, adults with a disability are less likely to report vaccine hesitancy compared to adults without a disability. In addition, we will hear real life cases and situations that emphasize the disparity. Finally, resources will be reviewed that are aimed at improving vaccine access for people with disabilities.

    Learning objectives:

    Webinar participants will be able to cite differences in COVID-19 vaccination rates and access for people with disabilities compared to people without disabilities Webinar participants will learn of what difficulties Arizonans with disabilities faced in accessing the vaccine. There will also be a discussion on best practices for making vaccine distribution more accessible for the disability community.


    Please join us for important updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Education following the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. Examples of how communities and school can support vaccine awareness and vaccination efforts will be explored and discussed. A panel discussion with practitioners from the field will follow the federal agency updates.


    Christian Rhodes: Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Education Dr. Kate Woodworth: Pediatrician, CDC COVID-19 Response, Vaccine Task Force, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Dr. Kevin Chatham-Stephens: Pediatric Vaccine Planning and Implementation Lead and Medical Epidemiologist, CDC COVID-19 Response, Vaccine Task Force, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Levi Bohanan: Special Assistant, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education  Panel of Practitioners 

    Registration closes at midnight, November 8, 2021.

    All webinars offer captioning. Requests for sign language interpreters must be made the Wednesday before the webinar to support@adapacific.org.

    Lessons from the Field - Strategies for Supporting COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

    November 10, 2021 - 3:00 PM EST - November 10, 2021 - 4:00 PM EST

    The U.S. Department of Education is hosting a webinar series to support educational settings in safely sustaining in-person instruction. The series features lessons learned and best practices from faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, early childhood education providers, and other places of educational instruction describing approaches to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to join the next webinar, Strategies for Supporting COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts


    Dr. Blythe Ryerson is the Acting Director of the Division of Human Development and Disability in CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The Division's mission is to lead inclusive programs, surveillance, and research to improve the health and development of children and adults with, or at risk for disabilities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Blythe has stayed committed to continuing to build on the Division's foundation of work while exercising agility to improve health equity for people with disabilities during public health emergencies. J.J. Rico is the Chief Executive Officer at the Arizona Center for Disability Law which is the protection and advocacy agency in Arizona, providing free legal services to people with disabilities. J.J. has dedicated his 20-year legal career representing persons with disabilities specifically focusing on the employment and access provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Taking Care of Yourself During COVID

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET 

    Has the COVID-19 pandemic left you feeling overwhelmed and stressed out? Self-care is essential to weathering these tough times. Join ACL's Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs (ONHPP) for our webinar, “Taking Care of Yourself During COVID.” After participating, you will be able to:

    Understand the changes required in daily activities as a result of COVID. Recognize the importance of self-care during COVID.


    Keri Lipperini, MPA – Director, ONHPP, ACL
    Carol Craig – Director, Senior Nutrition Program, Montgomery County Health & Human Services
    Melinda Gaines – Program Specialist at Calvert County Government Office on Aging
    For questions, contact Kathy Wilson-Gold, MS, RDN, LD, at kathy.wilson-gold@acl.hhs.gov.

    Archived Webinars
    • Apply learned techniques to reduce stress.

    Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP): Tools to Assist the People You Serve 

    Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 11:00am - 12:00pm ET

    View a recording of the webinar on YouTube for tools and information to help the people you serve learn more about, and apply for, Emergency Rental Assistance and download the slides for links and additional useful information. (Posted October 1)

    Are you serving people at risk of eviction or who have been evicted? Are you working with landlords whose tenants are behind on rent as a result of COVID-19? Do you serve people facing housing instability or economic hardships? 

    If you answered, “yes,” to any of those questions, then this webinar is for you! 

    The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) makes funding available to states, territories, local governments, and tribes to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many people with disabilities and older adults who are eligible have not applied, and we need the aging and disability networks to  help to get the word out!

    On Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will host a webinar to provide the tools and information you need to help the people you serve to learn more about and apply for Emergency Rental Assistance resources.  

    Please join us to:

    Learn more about ERAP, Learn first-hand from community-based organizations about how they are helping people with disabilities, older adults, caregivers and landlords apply for ERAP,  Connect with local tools, resources and partners, and  Share how you are promoting ERAP.   


    In an unpreceded opportunity to enhance and strengthen the HCBS system, The American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Biden in March provided $12.7 billion to increase access to HCBS for Medicaid beneficiaries. In May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided states with guidance to receive the enhanced funding.

    This webinar will include an overview of Section 9817 of the American Rescue Plan and presentations from Colorado and Massachusetts on innovative initiatives in their initial state spending plans.  


    Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration for Community Living  Ralph Lollar, Director, Division of Long Term Services and Supports, Disabled and Elderly Health Program Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  Jennifer Bowdoin, Director, Division of Community Systems Transformation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Bonnie Silva, Director, Office of Community Living, State of Colorado   Whitney Moyer, Chief, Office of Long Term Services and Supports, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    The webinar will be recorded and published on ACL.gov. The webinar will include real-time captioning and American Sign Language remote video interpreting. If you need any additional accommodations or have any questions, please send an email to the Housing with Services Resource Center at HSRC@acl.hhs.gov.

    ACL/CMS Promising Practices Series: Expanding, Enhancing, and Strengthening Home and Community Based Services under Section 9817 of the American Rescue Plan Act

    Thursday, September 30th, 3:00 - 4:30pm ET

    COVID-19 has impacted older adults and people with disabilities in many ways. In addition to increased risk of serious illness or death, the pandemic also put additional demands on the support and service systems many people with disabilities and older adults rely on, bringing to light direct care workforce shortages and the increased need to further develop and strengthen home and community-based services (HCBS).

    Pandemic-Related Disaster Assistance for SSI Recipients

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 2:00-3:00pm ET

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently changed their rules about how pandemic-related financial assistance can affect an individual’s eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or monthly SSI benefit amount. Previously, SSA had been counting many types of assistance as income and resources for SSI purposes, resulting in individuals having their SSI benefits reduced or suspended, or having their applications for SSI benefits denied. However, due to the severity of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SSA has decided they will not count most types of pandemic-related financial assistance against SSI eligibility or benefit amount, even if the money from these financial assistance programs is retained for 12 or more months.

    Join ACL's National Center on Law and Elder Rights for a training that will review the guidance issued by SSA on what types of financial assistance they now consider pandemic-related disaster assistance, what steps they will be taking to restore individuals’ SSI benefits, and what advocates can do to assist clients with contacting SSA to access or restore SSI benefits. The training will will be presented by Kate Lang of Justice in Aging.

    Closed captioning will be available for this webcast. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webcast start time. The webcast will be recorded and available on NCLER's website shortly after the presentation. The recording and training materials will also be emailed to all registrants within a few days after the training.

    Head Start Resource Center

    A webinar hosted by the Office of Head Start Resource Center on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 2pm ET will provide the latest information on COVID-19 for programs providing in-person comprehensive services in center-based, home-based, and family child care setting.

    Promoting Social Engagement in Senior Centers: Local Examples and Looking Ahead

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 3 PM ET
    Join engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults for a webinar focused on promoting social engagement in senior centers. During the webinar, the National Institute of Senior Centers will highlight the importance of senior centers and the integral role they play in developing innovative and creative social engagement opportunities for older adults.
    Attendees will hear from Duxbury Senior Center and City of Calabasas Senior Center on the local social engagement programs they are implementing to engage mind, body and spirit to promote older adult health and well-being. Speakers will also share their insights into the latest efforts to re-open and their vision for future programming.
    Tuesday, September 21, 2-3 PM ET
    Head Start and Early Head Start programs need to stay informed about how to protect the health and safety of children, families, and staff. This webinar will provide the latest information on COVID-19 for programs providing in-person comprehensive services in center-based, home-based, and family child care settings. This webinar will be offered with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish. 
    Key topics covered during the webinar:
    Pandemic update: current data, trends, and emerging issues related to the virus COVID-19 vaccines for adults and children: what’s available now and what’s anticipated


    Target audiences:
    Head Start and Early Head Start program staff, families, directors, managers, and administrators Home visitors Child care health consultants Head Start federal staff Head Start national and regional TTA staff Head Start Collaboration Office directors
    • COVID-19 infections in children: what we know about symptoms and illnesses
    • Implications for Head Start and early childhood education programs: using these updates to support children, families, and staff


    DIAL Webinar: Partners in COVID-19 Vaccine Access

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 2 PM ET 

    Getting vaccinated is the most important step we can all take to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19, but for many people with disabilities, getting vaccinated has proven to be difficult.

    Join us for this webinar focused on COVID-19 vaccine access resources and improving vaccine access for people with disabilities. Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Alison Barkoff will kick off the event.

    This webinar will highlight the Disability Information & Access Line (DIAL), ACL’s disability network, and other disability organizations that provide critical assistance to a diverse range of people in communities across the country. Featuring panelists from disability organizations, the event will also share innovative local partnerships and creative solutions to overcoming barriers to vaccination.

    Beyond Extra Time for Exams; Accommodations at Colleges and Universities

      Wednesday, August 25, 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

      Hosted by the NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Center.

      With school starting back up and students returning to campus, there are a lot of questions raised about how or when to accommodate different disability related needs. This webinar will explore technical assistance provided by the Northeast ADA to students and postsecondary schools about accommodating different needs beyond the more familiar forms of accommodation. We will examine food allergies, service and emotional support animals, online learning, and more. This session is an introductory exploration of thinking through how the ADA applies in the college or university setting.

      Telework in Action: A Disability Inclusion Practice Whose Time Has Arrived

      Thursday, August 12, 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

      Sponsored by the ODEP-funded Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) 

      During the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies quickly transitioned to telework. As a result, much has been learned about conducting business in a teleworking environment. Once considered a workplace accommodation or employee benefit, telework has now become a common workplace practice.

      This webinar will focus on how organizations and employees have adapted to telework and how it will remain an integral part of the workplace of the future. Guest speakers will discuss the many benefits of telework, including cost savings, increased productivity of employees, and expanded access to a qualified talent pool of people with disabilities. Participants will also learn about providing accommodations remotely and ensuring accessibility of recruiting, onboarding, communication, and training platforms. 


      • Moderator: Nakisha Pugh, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) 
      • Lane Erwin, Director, Organizational Effectiveness, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
      • Neil Barnett, Director of Inclusive Hiring and Accessibility, Microsoft
      • Terri Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer, Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC)

      The Impact of the Pandemic on the Direct Support Professional’s (DSP) Workforce

      Wednesday, August 11,1:30 - 3:00 PM ET

      This CMS training will explore the Direct Support Professional’s (DSP) experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through information gathered through the National Core Indicators (NCI) Staff Stability Survey, the presentation will highlight current research on the DSP workforce gathered before and during the pandemic.  Information will be presented regarding the DSP workforce nationally and its growth and importance to those needing long-term services and supports.  Results from two national surveys conducted with DSPs during the pandemic will be shared reflecting the impacts the pandemic has had on individual DSPs.  Finally, the training will share the personal stories of six DSPs as they navigated the pandemic. 

      Following the presentation, webinar participants will have the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session receiving feedback from CMS and the presenters.

      NIDILRR Webinar: Social Isolation and Loneliness among Adults with Serious Mental Illnesses

      Thursday, August 5, 2021, 2:00-3:00 PM ET (Note: Registration closed July 30, 2021. Space is limited.)

      Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic all of us have experienced the changing nature of social connections, and many of us have gained personal insight into what it means to be socially isolated, lonely, or both. These are not new concepts that have resulted from the pandemic. However, the pandemic has likely made worse our experiences of social isolation and loneliness and challenged our beliefs about who is socially isolated and lonely. This is the second of a four-part national webinar series on research related to social isolation and loneliness for people with disabilities hosted by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Join NIDILRR grantees Dr. Bryan McCormick and Dr. Mark Salzer for an important discussion on social isolation and loneliness among individuals with serious mental illnesses.

      Webinar today: Stakeholder Briefing on OCR/DOJ Guidance on “Long COVID” and Disability Rights

      July 28, 2021 at 3:00pm ET

      The HHS  Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs is hosting a  Stakeholder Briefing TODAY, July 28, 2021 at 3:00pm ET to discuss the joint guidance issued by the HHS Office for Civil Rights and the DOJ Civil Rights Division about how "long COVID" can be a disability under the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. The guidance was released on Monday as part of the celebration of the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  It was included in this comprehensive package of resources published by the White House for people with disabilities, including people with COVID-related disabilities. The package also included ACL’s guide to the community-based resources that can help people if they need assistance to live in their own home, go to work or school, or participate in the community.

      Please register in advance for today’s Stakeholder Briefing using this link and feel free to send this invitation to your members and network.  If you need accommodations, please email ronald.allen1@hhs.gov. We hope you can join us. 

      Please note this event is only for stakeholders and is not open to the press.

      Financial Well-Being for Individuals with Disabilities During the Pandemic and Beyond,

      Tuesday, July 27, 3:00 - 4:15 PM ET. 

      This webinar addressed the questions that job seekers and workforce staff are asking. U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin Walsh kicked-off the webinar to mark the 31st anniversary of the ADA. Subject-matter experts introduced attendees to a new, online Financial Toolkit through an engaging dialogue pulling from both professional and personal lived experience.

      Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy Among Direct Service Workers

      Thursday, July 1, 2021, 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

      Vaccine uptake among direct service workers (DSWs) is particularly important for personal health and safety and to the many individuals that DSWs support, due to the high contact, personal nature of home care. However, DSWs experience many barriers to vaccination including culturally competent and accessible information, paid sick leave and/or time off, and transportation.

      In this webinar, experts in the field will discuss demographics of the DSW workforce, barriers to vaccination, strategies to increase vaccine confidence and uptake, and promising practices.


      Cory Nourie, Director of Community Services, Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services Ramu Iyer, National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals Advisory Council Member Robert Espinoza, Vice President of Policy, PHI Trudy Rebert, Federal Policy Counsel, National Domestic Workers Alliance

      #VaccinateByADA: Strategies for COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Confidence for People with Disabilities

      Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. ET

      Join the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) for a webinar on 'Strategies for COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Confidence for People with Disabilities'. AUCD network members will share outreach strategies, lessons learned, and continuing barriers in the goal of vaccinating all eligible persons with disabilities by the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26th. Presenters will provide real-world examples of their vaccination outreach efforts, including:

      A fully accessible COVID-19 vaccine drive-through clinic serving persons with disabilities in Baltimore, MD; 'Real Talk' community Q&A events for persons with disabilities to ask trusted doctors about the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida;


      The webinar will also speak to how we can better include people with disabilities, including those from racial and ethnic minorities, in future public health emergency planning. ASL and CART captioning will be provided.

      • Providing COVID-19 vaccine information to persons with disabilities residing in the Navajo nation through podcasts and other innovative collaborations in New Mexico;
      • And more!

      Connect+Conversations Webinar on Addressing Loneliness and Social Health

      Wednesday June 23, 2:00 - 3:30pm EDT

      Join us for Connect+Health, the first event in the Connect+Conversations series.

      This session will focus on the health benefits of social connection and the health risks of isolation and loneliness. You will hear from expert researchers and have the opportunity to engage with people across the US and globally. This session is for anyone who is interested in creating a more connected society—regardless of where you live, how old you are, and whether you know a little or a lot about this topic!


      Kasley Killam, MPH: Founder, Social Health Labs Edward Garcia, MPH: Founder, Foundation for Social Connection Kelli Harding, MD, MPH: Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and author of "The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness." Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD: Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University and leading researcher on the long-term health effects of social connection. Marc Schulz, PhD: Professor of Psychology at Bryn Mawr College, Associate Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, and Senior Advisor for the Lifespan Research Foundation. Louise Hawkley, PhD: Principal Research Scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago and leading researcher on the long-term health effects of social isolation and loneliness.


      Contact Aging@JewishFederations.org with questions.

      Vaccine Reluctance Among Older Adults with a History of Trauma: Diverse Concerns, Trauma-Informed Strategies, and Lessons for the Future

      Wednesday, June 23, 2:30 - 3:45pm ET

      The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Center on Aging and Trauma, a project of the Holocaust Survivor Initiative, invites you to participate in this webinar to learn how a history of trauma can impact older adults as they age. Past trauma may contribute to vaccine hesitancy among diverse populations of older adults. Learn strategies for ensuring that older adults have the information and person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) support they need to make informed decisions about their health.

      Myra Giberovitch, MSW, RSW, therapist, trauma specialist, author, adjunct professor Rafael Martinez, LCSW, MSW, psychotherapist, Callen-Lorde S. Orlene Grant, RN, BSN, MSN, President, Founder and CEO of the Juanita C. Grant Foundation (JCGF) Shannon Patrick, MPH, Program Director of MHP Salud’s Strengthening Aging service for Older Hispanic Adults program Leah Miller, BA, Associate Director of The JFNA Center on Aging and Trauma

      The Connect+Conversations series is led by Social Health Labs and the Foundation for Social Connection with support from Commit to Connect, a national initiative of ACL and the AARP Foundation.

      Resuming In-Person Visits during COVID-19: Tips for Identifying Trauma, Potential Abuse, and Supporting Residents

      Friday, June 18, 3:00-4:30 PM ET

      In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), join the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) to learn how to identify and respond to signs of trauma and potential abuse or neglect, and support residents as Ombudsman programs resume in-person visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Dr. Laura Mosqueda, an expert on elder abuse and neglect, will provide tips for Ombudsman programs conducting in-person visits and how to identify signs of trauma in response to isolation and loss during the pandemic and potential signs of abuse and neglect. She will also share recommendations for supporting residents and available resources. As an accomplished physician and researcher, Dr. Mosqueda has testified in front of Congress and has been invited to the White House several times to discuss elder justice initiatives. She has taken the lead on landmark studies to identify forensic markers of abuse and neglect and serves as a volunteer representative for the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.

      Attendees will also hear from two Ombudsman program representatives as they share their experiences resuming in-person visits, including their observations during reentry and how they supported residents. They will also share tips for visits, lessons learned, and successful practices.

      WEAAD Webinar: Coming Back Strong After COVID-19: Federal Elder Justice Innovations and Resources

      Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 12:00 PM ET

      In the face of the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the elder justice community has found opportunities to innovate, collaborate, and educate to reduce the risks of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. This webinar will highlight prominent elder justice issues and resources to strengthen the elder justice movement as we rebuild from the pandemic. Attendees will learn about tools and tips to enhance their elder abuse outreach and response efforts and strategies to spark community engagement.

      Join ACL, National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), the Elder Justice Initiative at the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to learn the latest information about this important topic.

      This is Our Shot: Stories From Our Community 

      Friday, June 4, 3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT

      Join the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) for "This is Our Shot: Stories From Our Community" hosted by Christina N. Mills, CFILC Executive Director, and Russell Rawlings, DOnetwork Statewide Organizer. The presentation includes a series of short videos of disabled people describing their experiences around deciding whether to get vaccinated and their experience when they did get their COVID-19 vaccine.

      ASL, Spanish Interpretation, and Real Time Captioning will be provided. 

      Accelerating Vaccination of Older Adults

      June 1, 2021 at 2 PM ET

      In this virtual roundtable to close Older Americans Month, leaders from the aging services network will talk about the difference vaccination is making in the lives of the older adults they serve. Join to hear about some of the creative approaches they have developed for helping older adults get vaccinated, particularly their efforts to connect with people of color and others who may not have not been as effectively reached through mainstream vaccination efforts.

      FAQs About COVID-19 Vaccines that People with Disabilities Should Consider

      Wednesday, May 26, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

      COVID-19 vaccines are important tools to reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially for people with disabilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine should get it, as well as continue to follow safety precautions like wearing a mask, washing hands, and avoiding crowds. Come hear frequently asked questions (FAQs) about COVID-19 vaccines that people with disabilities should consider. This webinar will outline the CDC guidelines, as well as explore solutions to challenges people with disabilities may experience regarding accessing COVID-19 vaccines, like making an appointment for vaccination. Participants will receive tips, resources, and guidance regarding the available vaccines as we collectively navigate this challenging time.

      Early registration is required. Registration closes 1 hour before the live webinar begins. Webinars are presented through Zoom. Captions and American Sign Language will be available. All webinars are recorded and the archive, transcript, accessible presentation, as well as additional handouts will be made available within one week of the live webinar. If you missed any of previous webinars in the COVID-19 Accessible Materials for People with Disabilities Project, visit their webinar archive at https://cidi.gatech.edu/covid/training for broadcast recordings, live transcripts, and other support documents. For questions about this webinar or if you would like more information about the COVID-19 Accessible Materials for People with Disabilities Project, please contact training@gatfl.gatech.edu. This webinar series is made possible due to funding from the CDC Foundation along with technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      Navigating Older American’s Act Title III-D During the COVID-19 Pandemic

      Friday, May 21, 2021, 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

      This webinar was rescheduled from April 23.

      The Aging Network has always played a vital role in ensuring older adults have access to the supports they need to remain healthy and independent. Yet months of staying home and being less active have taken a toll on the well-being of many older adults. The American Rescue Plan provides new investments in Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III-D programs to help grantees and their delivery networks build additional capacity for and deliver evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.

      This ACL webinar will highlight best practices for selecting and delivering evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs – including programs delivered in remote and/or in-person, socially-distanced formats. Attendees will hear from three ACL grant recipients about the strategies they are employing to deliver these programs during the pandemic, and the lessons they have learned along the way.


      Shannon Skowronski, Team Lead, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs, ACL Megan Stadnisky, Evidence Based Aging Services Coordinator, Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Service Kathryn Zahm, Community Programs Manager, AgeOptions Peggy Tully, Health Education Implementation Coordinator, AgeOptions Erika Saleski, Project Director, MA4 Network/Missouri Association of Area Agencies of Aging Emily Barbee, Field Specialist in Nutrition and Health Education, University of Missouri Extension


      The webinar will be recorded. If you are interested in the webinar and cannot attend, please register using the link above. We will send you the recording link via email.

      COVID-19 Vaccines for Caregivers and Personal Care Assistants 

      Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

      Vaccines are an important tool for slowing the spread of COVID-19, especially for caregivers and personal care assistants (PCA) working with people with disabilities. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect direct care and support of people with disabilities. This past year has brought heightened anxiety and uncertain feelings to many people's lives. However, following recommendations, including getting the COVID-19 vaccine, are important steps towards keeping the virus at bay. This webinar will explore the considerations of COVID-19 vaccines for caregivers and PCAs within the disability community. Presenters, many who are caregivers and PCAs themselves, will share their COVID-19 vaccine experiences and why they chose to get vaccinated. Webinar participants will receive tips, resources, and guidance for COVID-19 vaccinations as we collectively navigate this challenging time.

      Webinars are presented through Zoom. Captions and American Sign Language will be available. All webinars are recorded and the archive, transcript, accessible presentation, as well as additional handouts will be made available within one week of the live webinar.

      Early registration is required. Registration closes 1 hour before the live webinar begins.

      COVID-19 VACCINATIONS: A Candid Discussion for Minorities & People of Color

      Thursday, May 6, 2021, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 PM ET

      Join a panel discussion on topics including: how the vaccines work, equity around vaccine administration, vaccine hesitancy, communication and trust, and other COVID-19 related questions. 

      U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration panelists include Dr. Kameron Matthews, Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Clinical Services; Dr. Jane Kim, Chief Consultant, VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Dr. Ernest Moy, Executive Director, Office of Health Equity; and Dr. Alicia Christy, Deputy Director of Reproductive Health, Women's Health Services.

      Space is limited, register as early as possible.

      Using the CMS Guidance to Open Nursing Home Doors

      April 30, 2021 (recording available)

      Click the title above to view the webinar. Slides from this Consumer Voice sponsored webinar are available HERE.

      Key Points Covered in the webinar:


      • Visitation is person-centered
      • Indoor visitation should occur for all residents at all times, except for a few circumstances
      • Vaccinated residents can touch and hug
      • Visitors are not required to be tested or vaccinated as a condition of visitation


      •  Vaccinated residents can participate in activities without masks or social distancing.


      • When do residents have to quarantine? It depends on:
      • Vaccination status
      • Close contact?
      • How long they are away from the facility

      FEMA Call for Disability Stakeholders on Funeral Assistance Program

      Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 1 p.m. ET

      Join FEMA's Office of Disability Integration and Coordination to learn how they are providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

      The Federal Response to COVID-19 - Addressing the Needs of the Autism and Disability Communities

      Wednesday, April 28, 2-4 pm ET.

      The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Autism Research Coordination at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host this webinar. Presenters from NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Departments of Education and Labor will discuss issues related to health, education, and employment of people with disabilities during the pandemic, followed by a discussion with leaders from the autism advocacy community. The event is free and no registration is required.

      White House Virtual Forum on Breaking Down Barriers for People Who Have Challenges Accessing COVID-19 Vaccination

      Wednesday, April 21, 2:30 - 4:30 pm ET

      The White House COVID-19 Response Team and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are hosting a virtual forum – Breaking Down Barriers for People Who Have Challenges Accessing COVID-19 Vaccination. This event is an opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned from public health efforts to improve COVID-19 vaccine access for people with disabilities and people who are unable to leave their home. President Biden recently spoke of the importance of improving access to vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities when he announced new funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote that objective. We hope you will join us in building on this work as we collectively share and learn more about how U.S. public health officials are promoting health equity and getting shots in the arms of the most vulnerable Americans. Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging at ACL, and representatives from the CDC and FEMA will be speaking.

      Relay Captions will be available at this event. A link to this service will be provided during the event. An ASL Interpreter will also be present.

      This event will be recorded and shared with individuals who have registered.

      Please send any request for reasonable accommodations or questions about this event to dhddodrequests@cdc.gov by April 20, 2021.

      Engaging Communities in Faith-Based Models of Care

      Thursday, April 22, 2021  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

      Faith leaders and clergy play a complex and significant role in their communities, offering comfort, guidance and leadership to congregants, and connecting people to valuable health-related resources and information. Throughout the pandemic, faith leaders have helped people to navigate a myriad of spiritual, emotional, and logistical challenges.

      The emergence of COVID-19 has underscored the nation’s failure to adequately address the social factors that influence health within the African-American community, which is consistently over-represented in the prevalence and mortality data associated with COVID-19 illness. Across the country, African-American faith leaders are leading local efforts to support their congregants and communities, including many who are at high risk of infection, but are understandably skeptical of the healthcare system.

      Join Grantmakers In Aging and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care to learn about successful faith-based models of care in different parts of the country and how you can support faith groups in your community.

      Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on Adults with Physical Disabilities from Marginalized Communities

      Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:00pm ET

      Hosted by the University of Michigan IDEAL Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) and ICPSR

      This webinar will present the findings from a recent study on the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adults with physical disabilities from marginalized communities living in southeast Michigan. Interviews with 16 adults will reveal how these individuals either had to engage in risky behavior in order to have their needs met, or avoid risks and consequently not have their needs met.   

      Forming Strategic Partnerships Between Housing, Medicaid HCBS Payers, and Community-Based Services

      Thursday, April 22, 3:00-4:30 pm ET. 

      This ACL/CMS webinar provides strategies and best practices to form partnerships between housing, Medicaid HCBS payers, and community-based services to successfully address housing challenges. These partnerships can enable stakeholders to leverage the unprecedented influx of COVID-19 related funding (CARES Act, Omnibus, and American Rescue/Recovery Plan) for rental assistance and pre/post housing related services and supports, ensuring Medicaid HCBS beneficiaries are housed securely and can actively participate in their community.

      ACL Webinar 4/23: Navigating Older American’s Act Title III-D During the COVID-19 Pandemic

      Friday, April 23, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

      The Aging Network has always played a vital role in ensuring older adults have access to the supports they need to remain healthy and independent. Yet months of staying home and being less active have taken a toll on the well-being of many older adults. The American Rescue Plan provides new investments in Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III-D programs to help grantees and their delivery networks build additional capacity for and deliver evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.

      This webinar will highlight best practices for selecting and delivering evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs – including programs delivered in remote and/or in-person, socially-distanced formats. Attendees will hear from three ACL grant recipients about the strategies they are employing to deliver these programs during the pandemic, and the lessons they have learned along the way.

      COVID-19 Vaccine and Direct Service Professionals 

      Thursday, April 15, 2021, 4:00 PM ET

      As part of their Get Out the Vaccine campaign, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) is partnering with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals to present this webinar on COVID-19 vaccination for direct support professionals (DSPs). Hear from DSPs about how they made the decision to get vaccinated to keep themselves, their clients, and their families safe.

      Engaging Faith Leaders to Improve Vaccine Confidence

      Wednesday, April 7 at 1 PM ET

      Join this webinar hosted by the Association of Immunization Managers (IAM) to hear diverse faith-based organizations on their best practices for building vaccine confidence in faith communities. 

      COVID-19 Vaccination and Reaching People with Disabilities

      March 30 through April 8

      Webinar Series: COVID-19 Vaccination and Reaching People with Disabilities. AUCD, ASTHO and NACCHO will host sessions featuring state-level jurisdictions and CDC guests from 1-2pm ET on the following dates:
      • Webinar #1 - Navigation: Promising practices for scheduling and transporting PWD to COVID-19 vaccination appointments
        Tuesday, March 30th - REGISTER
      • Webinar #2 - Consideration: Promising practices for vaccinating family members of PWD and those who are homebound 
        Wednesday, March 31st - REGISTER
      • Webinar #3 - Communication: Promising practices for reducing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and disseminating accessible messages
        Wednesday, April 7th - REGISTER
      • Webinar #4 - Prioritization: Promising practices for educating others about the importance of disability prioritizing in state vaccination plans
        Thursday, April 8th - REGISTER  

      Strategies for Health Plans to Support Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Vulnerable Populations

      Thursday, April 1, 2021 12:30-2:00 PM ET

      Webinar Registration

      Individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 infection, and are hospitalized with COVID-19 at a rate three times higher than Medicare-only beneficiaries. As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available, it’s critical that high risk individuals are provided equitable access to the vaccine.

      Health plans play a key role in promoting equitable access to and educating members on the importance of COVID-19 vaccines. By the end of this webinar, participants should be able to:

      Identify ways to promote equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. Describe how to use data to identify high-risk members and target outreach to encourage them to get a COVID-19 vaccine.


      Featured Speakers:

      Marvin Figueroa, Director, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Shelly Winston, Division of Part D Policy, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Beejadi Mukunda, MD, Medical Director, MyCare Ohio, CareSource Jennifer Anadiotis, Director, Integrated Care Post-Acute Strategy, CareSource Alex Li, MD, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, L.A. Care Health Plan Misty de Lamare, Director of Communications, L.A. Care Health Plan
      • Identify key considerations for effective communication and outreach strategies to increase vaccine confidence.

      Getting the Vaccine to Communities That Need It Most

      March 30, 2021, at 2:00 pm ET

      This webinar for Older adults, caregivers, representatives from community-based organizations, and community leaders will explore how health inequities have affected vaccine information, distribution, and access in various communities. The webinar will include resources to help older adults, caregivers, and others obtain vaccine access and information. Co-hosted by the Diverse Elders Coalition, the National Hispanic Council on Aging, and Justice in Aging

      Alliance for Aging Research

      March 18 at 12:00 pm ET

      The Alliance for Aging Research is hosting a webinar on Thursday, March 18, from 12:00-1:00pm ET on overcoming barriers to COVID-19 vaccine confidence among long-term care employees. (Posted Mach 15)

      What Your Community Needs to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines (Lo Que Su Comunidad Necesita Saber Sobre Las Vacunas Contra el COVID-19)

      March 2, 2021, at Noon ET

      Join the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) for a webinar about what communities need to know about the COVID-19 virus and the vaccines that will help to slow the spread and save lives.  The webinar, co-hosted with the Partnership Center at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and featuring expertise from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will be presented in Spanish.

      What Families Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines

      (Lo Que las Familias Deben Saber Sobre Las Vacunas Contra el COVID-19)

      February 26, 2021, at 2:00 PM ET  Join the National Hispanic Pastors Alliance and the Pastor’s Wives of America for a webinar about what families need to know about the COVID-19 virus and the vaccines that will help to slow the spread and save lives.  The webinar, co-hosted with the Partnership Center at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and featuring expertise from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be presented in Spanish.

      Health Equity Task Force

      February 26, 2021, at 3 PM ET

      A meeting of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will be held and is open to the public. You must preregister to attend. The meeting will introduce Task Force members and to outline the charges as directed by Executive Order 13995, Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery. Information about the meeting can be found on the HHS Office of Minority Health website. Pre-registration for the meeting must be completed by 5 p.m. ET, Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

      Virtual Public Engagement: Strategies and Trends

      February 23, 2021, at  03:00 PM ET

      The National Center for Applied Transit Technology is hosting a webinar titled, Virtual Public Engagement: Strategies and Trends on February 23, 2021, at 3:00 PM ET. The webinar addresses how the COVID-19 pandemic forced transit agencies to pivot in a number of ways, including how they engage with the public.

      Addressing Social Isolation Through Senior Housing During COVID-19 

      Feb. 24, 2:00pm ET:

      Join the EngAGED February Webinar: Addressing Social Isolation Through Senior Housing During COVID-19

      Senior housing offers a space for older adults to engage and connect with their fellow residents and build a sense of community. While the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the need for physical distancing, the Aging Network has found creative ways to continue to offer opportunities for engagement to address social isolation in senior housing facilities. Join engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults, on February 24 at 2:00 pm ET for a webinar focused on social engagement and housing. Attendees will hear from the American Association of Service Coordinators, Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc. and Atlanta Regional Commission on how they are addressing social isolation in senior housing through different initiatives and partnerships—and how your organization may be able to replicate similar engagement opportunities.

      Community-based Organization stakeholder webinar

      February 19th at 03:00 PM ET

      Community-based Organization stakeholder webinar will be held on February 19th at 03:00 PM ET to discuss the HealthCare.gov Special Enrollment Period 2021.

      Virtual Public Engagement: Strategies and Trends

      CV-19 Check Up Webinar

      Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm Eastern

      The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of over 400,000 Americans, the majority of whom are older adults or other high-risk individuals. The ACL-funded National I&R Support Center invites you to join this webinar to learn about an online, free, and confidential tool, CV19 CheckUp, available to help users across the country evaluate their own risk levels associated with COVID-19 through a personalized and comprehensive questionnaire. ADvancing States is pleased to partner with the team that developed the CV19 CheckUp with the mission of helping millions of individuals identify and reduce risks. Data collected through CV19 CheckUp so far is already helping to highlight why it’s so critical to focus efforts around helping older adults understand and mitigate risk; as illustrated in this national infographic, older adults may underestimate the risk levels of their own behaviors. Join us on February 10 to learn more!

      Presenter: James Firman, CIO, BellAge Inc., and former CEO of the National Council on Aging

      Real-time captioning will be provided for this webinar. 

       Pre-registration is required for this webinar. Space is limited so make sure to register as soon as possible.

      Mobilizing transportation to increase COVID-19 vaccination

      On February 4, 2021 (2:00-3:30 pm Eastern time), the National Center for Mobility Management will present the webinar, “Mobilizing transportation to increase COVID-19 vaccination” with public health experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The information presented will assist the public health and public transportation sectors in identifying ways to collaborate to ensure all Americans living in rural and small urban communities are vaccinated. In this webinar, hosted by the National Center for Mobility Management, CDC will be joined by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA).

      Georgia Tech and CDC Webinars for the Disability Community

      Georgia Tech's Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI), in partnership with the CDC and the CDC Foundation, is hosting a series of webinars for the disability community. The next webinar is, A Closer Look: Guidance for Business and Employers Considering the Needs of People with Disabilities during COVID-19 on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM.

      A Conversation on COVID-19 with Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Muslim Community
      Thurs., Feb. 11, 2021, 1;30 p.m.
      American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) hosts this conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID Director and Chief Medical Advisor on COVID-19 to President Biden. 

      ACL/CMS Webinar Reducing Food Insecurity and Nutrition-Related Chronic Diseases During COVID-19 Among Medicaid HCBS Beneficiaries

      Thursday, January 14, 2021, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET.

      Food insecurity is growing among Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) beneficiaries as the COVID-19 pandemic enters 2021. Many beneficiaries facing food insecurity also suffer from nutrition-related chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. This webinar hosted by ACL and CMS will provides HCBS stakeholders with resources they can use to ensure long-term success in addressing food insecurity; and invites them to consider referring beneficiaries to education and supports to manage often complex and long term needs.

      The webinar will be recorded. If you are interested in the webinar and cannot attend, please register. We will send you the recording link via email.

      Questions? Email HCBSSTPHelpdesk@neweditions.net

      Georgia Tech and CDC Webinars for the Disability Community

      Georgia Tech's Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI), in partnership with the CDC and the CDC Foundation, is hosting a series of webinars for the disability community. Below are the forthcoming events: 

      Making Social Media Accessible for People with Disabilities - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM A Closer Look: Guidance for Business and Employers Considering the Needs of People with Disabilities during COVID-19 - Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM

      Traumatic Brain Injury TA Resource Center Webinar: Telehealth During a Pandemic

      Friday, December 18, 2020

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      Telehealth has been a tool for providing care for a long time, however, there has never been a time where telehealth has been a more critical tool than it is now in light of COVID-19. Join the webinar to learn from a TBI State Partnership Program state grantee about the basics of telehealth; learn how COVID-19 has changed access to telemedicine; and explore the benefits for providers, people with TBI (traumatic brain injury), and related disabilities, and caregivers. Federal resources available on telehealth and maintaining accessible services will also be highlighted.

      CDC/Georgia Tech Webinar Series

      Access to previously aired webinars for the disability community that were produced by Georgia Tech's Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI),  in partnership with CDC and the CDC Foundation, are available here.

      Applying Evidence to Inform State Responses to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Settings

      Tuesday, December 1, 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
      One of the earliest hot spots of the COVID-19 pandemic was in a Seattle-area nursing home. To this day, the virus disproportionately affects residents of long-term care facilities nationwide. States took different approaches in an attempt to mitigate the initial spread of COVID-19, but communities are beginning to see another rise in cases. 
      Mathematica and a panel of experts from across the country will share the latest evidence on how COVID-19 has affected nursing home residents and how evidence can be used to inform policy recommendations for state regulators, agency and long-term care industry executives, legislators, and other key stakeholders. Panelists will discuss testing approaches for residents and staff; the role of nursing home staffing in mitigating the impact of COVID-19; how nursing homes and their state regulators should balance resident health and safety to reduce social isolation; and how states might set up their reporting systems to ensure they have real-time data to identify and control hot spots.

      ACL/CMS Webinar 11/12: HCBS Innovation During COVID--Medicaid HCBS Payers & Providers

      Thursday, November 12, 2020 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

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      The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) host a monthly webinar series that invites subject matter experts and practitioners from across the home-and-community-based services (HCBS) spectrum to share insights and best practices to develop high quality HCBS services and programs.  

      In this webinar you will hear from payer and provider industry leaders about changes their industries experienced since the beginning of the PHE and what lies ahead for them. Several payers and providers will share innovations they used to address COVID and/or SDOH. SDOH areas addressed in this webinar include: direct support services, employment, food insecurity, housing, and transportation. See more details about the speakers on the registration webpage.

      COVID-19 and Intergenerational Shared Sites: Lessons on promoting connections between young and old during a pandemic and beyond

      Tuesday, October 20th, 1:00 pm ET

      Join Generations United and The Eisner Foundation for a one-hour virtual briefing about the value of intergenerational shared sites throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Recognized in the Older Americans Act, intergenerational shared sites -- or settings where children, youth, and older adults participate in services and/or programs concurrently in the same space -- have been shown to increase wellbeing of participants of all ages while maximizing organizational and community resources. The program will include an overview of what we're learning from shared sites during the COVID-19 pandemic and speakers from shared sites that have adapted and/or served during the pandemic.

      Speakers include:
      -    Lynette M. Fraga, CEO, Child Care Aware® of America and Member of Generations United Board of      Directors 
      -    Trent Stamp, CEO, The Eisner Foundation 
      -    Donna M. Butts, Executive Director, Generations United 
      -    U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania
      -    Samantha Koehler, Senior Policy Aide, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging 
      -    Colleen Farrell, Public Relations Manager, Providence Mount St. Vincent (Seattle, WA)
      -    Elsa and Scott Detweiler, Family Members, ONEgeneration (Van Nuys, CA)
      -    Suzanne Lair, Site Principal, Jenks West Elementary (Jenks, OK)

      Providing In-person Services and Supports to People Living with Dementia during COVID-19
      October 19, 2020, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

      At the onset of COVID-19, most but not all community-based in-person services for people living with dementia and their caregivers were suspended. During this webinar, two providers will discuss how their organizations used innovative approaches to ensure people living with dementia continue to receive needed services through traditional means during COVID-19. Nevada Senior Services adult day center has remained open, providing services at two locations, albeit with strict policies in place to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19. Ventura County Area Agency on Aging adjusted home delivered meals to include all clients who live alone with dementia and those with intellectual disabilities and dementia. Multiple phone check ins and respite care further assist.

      Rethinking Services for People with IDD Webinar Series

      ACL and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are hosting a webinar series on rethinking home and community-based services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


      August 5: Rethinking employment services and supports September 16: Rethinking day services September 30: Rethinking transportation 


      Contact Kristie Kulinski at kristie.kulinski@acl.hhs.gov with questions.

      The National Center on Law and Elder Rights:COVID-19 Medicare Enrollment Information Q &A 

      This webinar answered your questions about how to assist older adult clients with the Special Equitable Relief and COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period. 

      Presenter Georgia Burke, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging

      Resuming ‘New Normal’ Operations: A Peer-to-Peer Exchange for Urban Programs

      May 26 & 28, 2020

      Parts 1 & 2 available by clicking the link above.

      Senior nutrition programs across the country are transitioning in ways large and small to “new normal” operations as localities and states are reopening to resume economic activity. Implementing “new normal” operations will differ from community to community, particularly along geographic lines. As such, the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA) and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) hosted two virtual peer-to-peer exchanges – one for rural programs on Tuesday, May 26 and one for urban programs Thursday, May 28.  Participants reviewed available national plans for community reopening, heard what is working around the country in the time of COVID-19, and shared questions and concerns about what lies ahead.

      In these webinars, attendees:

      • Heard how senior nutrition programs are preparing to transition to “new normal” operations;
      • Explored opportunities and strategies for the future that you apply locally; and
      • Gained practice-informed insights for providing home-delivered meals and congregate nutrition programming to seniors in both rural and urban settings.

      Supporting Grandfamilies in a Pandemic

      Thursday, May 21, 2020, 2:00 PM EDT

      Join Generations United and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) for a conversation on how the aging network can best support older adults raising grandchildren or other young relatives during this tumultuous time. A grandparent currently raising her grandchildren will share first-hand experience, and other grandfamily and AAA experts will join the conversation.

      National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Special Report - Implications of COVID-19 (5/15/2020)

      Sponsored by NIDILRR, the Institute on Disability/UCED at the University of New Hampshire, and NIDILRR.

      The coronavirus outbreak is affecting hundreds of thousands of people and having a growing impact on the economy and employment. During this special additional nTIDE Lunch & Learn, our team of experts will share their latest perspectives, based on data from a population survey released mid-month, on the coronavirus pandemic and its implications on employment, emerging bills and policies, and resources for the days ahead.

      Meals on Wheels America and Caesars Foundation will host the National Social Isolation Summit on

      Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.

      During this virtual convening, you will hear from Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Brigham Young University, as she helps to set the stage for a wider conversation surrounding isolation and loneliness, particularly among homebound older adults. A panel of individuals representing an array of different sectors will also join the webinar. To learn more, chick HERE

      Tackling High-Priority COVID-19 Challenges for Nursing Homes

      Daily, 20-minute "National Nursing Home Huddles" weekdays at 12:00pm (noon) ET

      ​The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, is launching the COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes to support nursing home leadership, staff, residents, families, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.The Rapid Response Network features a daily 20-minute National Nursing Home Huddle to provide real-time, pragmatic solutions that can be implemented in nursing homes today to solve many of the key problems brought about or exacerbated by COVID-19.

      Call topics will reflect the most pressing issues identified by those providing care for nursing home residents, including access to personal protective equipment (PPE), lack of testing, hospital to nursing home transfers, staff illness and absence, and staff attrition.

      Through a partnership with ACL and NCAPPS the huddles June 15-18 will focus on transitions from nursing homes June 15-18. Topics and presenters include the ACL Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (Monday), Centers for Independent Living (Tuesday), Georgia's Developmental Disabilities Network (Wednesday), and New York Mental Health Peer Supports (Thursday).

      Addressing Social Isolation Through Technology Solutions

      Webinar Transcript Available Here

      Webinar Slides Available Here

      Friday, June 26 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

      ACL presented a webinar highlighting how technology can be leveraged to increase social engagement, including specific hardware and software options. Presenters identified resources for acquiring and distributing technology, as well as mechanisms for training older adults and adults with disabilities to use technology solutions designed to mitigate social isolation.

      Presenters: Majd Alwan, LeadingAge; Cathy Bodine, University of Colorado, Denver; Scott Code, LeadingAge; Ryan Elza, AARP Foundation; Sandy Markwood, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a); Carolyn Phillips, GA Tech Pass It On Center

      ASA "Future Proof" Series 

      ASA president and CEO Peter Kaldes is hosting a series of conference calls with leaders in the field to share their strategies for coping with the challenges brought about by COVID-19. Featured leaders include:

      May 7: Paul Downey, President & CEO, Serving Seniors May 14: Shireen McSpadden, Executive Director, San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services  May 21: Jean Accius, Senior Vice President, Global Thought Leadership, AARP and Robert Espinoza, Vice President of Policy, PHI May 28: Bob Blancato, President, Matz, Blancato & Associates June 4: June Simmons, President & CEO, Partners in Care Foundation June 10: Michael Adams, CEO, SAGE June 18: John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers in Aging June 25: Karyne Jones, President & CEO, National Caucus & Center on Black Aging, Inc.

      Community-Based Strategies for Suicide Prevention Among Older Adults 

      September 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

      In recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, join us for a discussion of community-based strategies to support older adults in managing mental health. This webinar will discuss the prevalence of suicide among older adults as well as the unique risk factors present for an aging population both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will highlight two community-based interventions, including one focused on training meal delivery providers in suicide first aid and another on implementing the evidence-based Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) in collaboration with clinical partners.

      engAGED Social Isolation Virtual Summit

      September 24, 2020

      Join engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults for an interactive discussion and dialogue with Aging Network leaders on social isolation and engagement among older adults.

      Attendees will learn about the latest research on social isolation and loneliness, as well as innovative social engagement best practices that respond to current challenges. National leaders and local experts will highlight COVID-19 adaptations and innovations that address social isolation in diverse communities and how technology is helping to foster engagement duringCOVID-19. 

      The engAGED Social Isolation Summit is open to the public and is free. Questions? Contact info@engagingolderadults.org.

      Opening remarks by Sandy Markwood, CEO, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging,  and Greg Link, Director, Office of Supportive and Caregiver Services,  Administration for Community Living.

      COVID-19: Optimizing Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies

      September 24, 2020

      The HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response's Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) has posted slides and a recording from this webinar.

      AT3 Webinar: Social Isolation, Assistive Technology, and a Partnership in Action

      Thursday, September 24, 3:00 PM EST

      Slides, Video Recording

      The National Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training (AT3) Center hosted a webinar highlighting Connecticut’s CARES Act “Stay Connected” program, which is a collaborative effort between the Connecticut State Unit on Aging, Connecticut’s Tech Act Program, five Area Agencies on Aging, five Centers for Independent Living, three AT Partners and Quinnipiac University School of Nursing. The “Stay Connected” program utilizes Prof. Nicholas R Nicholson’s six question Social Isolation Scale to identify older adults and individuals with disabilities who are socially isolated or at risk of social isolation. Based on survey results, an individual will be referred for an assistive technology consultation and services provided by the Connecticut Tech Act Program and AT Partners.

      How to make PDFs accessible for emergency communications

      August 20th from 1:30-2:30 ET

      State and local health organizations have a crucial role to play in disseminating information to citizens. Even in times of crisis, we must strive to reach the largest population possible to do the most good. Many people with disabilities (an estimated 1 in 4 Americans) rely on you to ensure the PDF communications you share are accessible to them.

      Using Social Determinants of Health Data to Fight COVID-19

      Wed., Aug. 12, 2020, 12:00 p.m. EDT

      This webinar is for those interested in accelerating data-driven solutions to improve the prevention, treatment, and management of resources to fight COVID-19 and support the recovery effort. 

      CMS Teleconferences

      COVID-19 Office Hours Calls (Tuesdays at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern)

      Office Hour Calls provide an opportunity for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to:
      • Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without Walls;
      • Rapidly Expand the Healthcare Workforce;
      • Put Patients Over Paperwork; and
      • Further Promote Telehealth in Medicare

      Next Calls:

      Tuesday, July 14th at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern
      Toll Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 2550919
      Audio Webcast link

      Tuesday, July 21st at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern
      Toll Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 7477995
      Audio Webcast link

      Tuesday, July 28th at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern
      Toll Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 1492795
      Audio Webcast link

      Weekly COVID-19 Care Site-Specific Calls

      CMS hosts weekly calls for certain types of organizations to provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance. One to two leaders in the field also share best practices with their peers. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters if time allows.

      Home Health and Hospice (twice a month on Tuesday at 3:00 PM Eastern)

      Next Call

      Tuesday, July 21st at 3:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern
      Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 6080197
      Audio Webcast Link

      Supporting Rural Veterans and Caregivers During COVID-19

      Wednesday. July 14, 2pm ET

      The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Philips will be hosting  a virtual seminar focused on the needs of rural veterans and caregivers in the midst of COVID-19. The hour-long session will feature Dr. Thomas Klobucar, Executive Director of the VA Office of Rural Health, and Dr. Steven Lieberman, Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Health, who will provide an update on VA operations amid COVID-19 and a presentation on Rural Health resources available to Veteran families. Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, and Nathan Naylor, Vice President for Veterans Health Care with Philips, will introduce Project Atlas - a new partnership initiative aimed at establishing virtual clinics in rural regions of the country.

      Archived episodes on Accessing VA Telehealth Amid COVID-19 and VA Self-Care & Whole Health are available on the Elizabeth Dole Foundation YouTube Channel.

      FEMA Region II Webinar: Scams Targeting Small Businesses

      During disasters, small businesses often become targets for fraudulent scams claiming to provide assistance. FEMA Region II and the Federal Trade Commission are hosting webinars on July 22 (in English) and July 23 (in Spanish) at noon EDT to discuss emerging scams and how to avoid them.

      Nursing Homes 

      Wednesday, July 22nd at 4:30 – 5:00 PM Eastern
      Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 1143564
      Audio Webcast Link

      Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 (twice a month on Fridays at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern)

      Lessons from the Front Lines calls are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians are invited to share their experience, ideas, strategies, and insights with one another related to their COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters.

      Friday, July 17th at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern
      Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Code: 3096434
      Web Link

      Successfully Engaging Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities via Technology: Strategies and Best Practices

      July 9, 2020

      View materials from this July 9th webinar where ACL and other national stakeholders highlighted programs, best practices, and tips for creating communities of learning and engagement via technology. Presenters addressed marketing/outreach, barriers to virtual participation, strategies for holding interactive and inclusive conversations, and more.

      Click here for recorded webinar

      Click here for slides

      Click here for the transcript


      Connecting Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities to Resources in Rural America in the Face of COVID19

      Resources from the webinar available HERE.

      Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 2:00 EDT/1:00 CDT (No preregistration required)

      Please join the Administration for Community Living (ACL) for a webinar titled, “Connecting Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities to Resources in Rural America in the Face of COVID19.” Featured presenters will share COVID19-related and other resources and research to help support older adults and persons with disabilities residing in rural communities.

      Featured presenters include:

      Moderator: Amanda Reichard, PhD, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living Introduction and welcome: Lance Robertson, Administrator, Administration for Community Living (ACL) Collette Adamsen, PhD, Director, National Resource Center on Native American Aging Sara Tribe Clark, Director, Eldercare Locator Richard Petty, MBA, Director, IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance Center for independent living at ILRU Andrew Myers, MA, University of Montana Rural Institute.

      Last modified on 02/09/2022

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