Resources for Nursing Home Social Workers


Please join us online  for a series of presentations related to long-term care and social work.  The target audience for this series is researchers. Advocates, educators, and practitioners are welcome!  These meetings will take place using ZOOM.   There is no registration and no CEUs.

Internet connection: By clicking the link to the ZOOM site, participants can join the meeting with audio and video through their computer at no cost.  (You will be asked to download an app to run ZOOM on your computer, tablet, or smartphone).  Plan to join the meeting 10 minutes before start time to make sure your equipment is working.  If you encounter problems, try a different browser.

Telephone: Participants have the option of joining by telephone only (toll call). (If you are unable to download the ZOOM app—plan to join by phone).

Hand-outs of the presentation, links to the meetings and a recording of the session are posted below, as the material becomes available.

Thursday  July 18, 2019

Recruiting for the National NH Social Services Directors Study and Preliminary Results

4:00 -5:00pm eastern time  [3-4pm central time]

Speaker:  Mercedes Bern-Klug, PhD University of Iowa,  Director: Aging and Longevity Studies Program

During spring 2019, a nationally representative sample of CMS Medicare and/or Medicaid certified nursing homes was selected for inclusion in a study of the role, characteristics and training needs of social services department. This webinar will explain the process of recruiting respondents for both the online and hard copy survey and will share preliminary results.  The study is funded by the Retirement Research Foundation.

 Use this link to  join the ZOOM meeting  on July18th:

 Hand-out of the PowerPoint





Friday March 29, 2019   

Addressing Social Isolation and Suicide Risk Among Older Veterans

Who Return to the Community from VA Nursing Homes

Noon - 1pm (eastern time)     [11:00 - Noon central time]

Presenter: Kelsey Simons, PhD, LMSW   Researcher, VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention (Canandaigua VAMC in New York),  will  present research related to veterans’ experiences with care transitions to the community from VA nursing homes.

Click HERE  for a copy of the ppt presentation    Click  HERE to listen to the recording.




Previously recorded:

Using Simulation to Teach Interprofessional Collaboration Skills to MSW

and DNP Students in the context of Geriatric Care

This presentation reviews an Interprofessional team objective structured clinical examinations (ITOSCE) model that uses simulation with standardized older adult patients to prepare Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and MSW students to effectively collaborate to assess patient needs and develop a collaborative plan of care. The standardized cases emphasize geriatric care delivery in the context of chronic illness accompanied by a complicating psychosocial issue. The simulation begins with a health assessment by the DNP student, followed by a handoff to the MSW student, who then completes a psychosocial assessment before debriefing with the DNP student. The simulation culminates with both students collaboratively identifying key areas for joint intervention and documenting their assessment findings and the integrated plan of care. The presentation will discuss the logistics of conducting the ITOSCE and the impact of participation on students' learning of interprofessional collaboration skills and geriatric assessment and care planning.

Speaker:  Robin P. Bonifas, PhD, MSW, LICSW,    Professor and Chair, School of Social Work, Indiana State University

 PowerPoint slides as a hand-out(6 per page)    click HERE

For recording of the presentation click HERE



Improving Access to Depression Treatment for Low-income Homebound Seniors Through Tele-delivered Counseling       

Presenter:  Namkee G. Choi, PhD, Professor and Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology, University of Texas at Austin Steve Hick School of Social Work

        click HERE  for a ZOOM recording of the April 2018  presentation  

        click HERE for a PowerPoint slides (6 per page)




Exploring Primary Outcomes of Calmer Life

Community-Based Intervention for Late-Life Anxiety in Underserved Communities

Presenter: Nancy Wilson, MA, LMSW, Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Faculty Associate of the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine

“Exploring Primary Outcomes of Calmer Life: Community-Based Intervention for Late-Life Anxiety in Underserved Communities”   Funded by  PCORI/AD-1310-06824 (MA Stanley, PI Nancy Wilson, MA, L MSW, Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Faculty Associate of the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine)

Social worker Nancy Wilson will discuss the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded Calmer Life: Treating Worry among Older Adults in Underserved, Low-Income, Minority Communities study, which compares two approaches, one called Calmer Life (CL) and another called Enhanced Community Care (ECC).  L helps individuals by providing worry-reduction skills and resource counseling for basic needs in a flexible, culturally supportive manner. ECC relies on standard information and resource counseling.   This study offers valuable information to help expand the reach of anxiety treatment among minority seniors living in underserved neighborhoods.  [

BIO:  Nancy L. Wilson has been involved in clinical and academic work in aging and care delivery since completing her graduate training in social work at the University of Chicago, over 40 years ago.  She is currently Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Faculty Associate of the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and a Research Scientist at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness & Safety (IQuESt) at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and BCM.  Her practice and scholarship have focused on advancing interdisciplinary models of mental health and community long-term care service delivery to elders and their families coping with chronic illness including dementia, depression and anxiety.  She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and recipient of the GSA’s Maxwell A. Pollack Award for distinction in bridging the worlds of research and practice 

Click  HERE  for handout of PowerPoint (6 slides per page).   Jan 2018  recorded.

Recording posted HERE .


Disparities in Long-term Care (2 presentations)

CMS SNF Health Equity Initiatives

Presenter: Sonya Karpiak Bowen, MSW, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Minority Health.

Sonya Bowen will provide an overview of CMS health disparity programs and policies embed health equity into agency programs that use research and program data to increase understanding of where disparities exist, including at the intersection of other minority groups (e.g., race and ethnicity).  She will discuss CMS’s SNF Health Equity initiatives to increase the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate care in nursing homes to serve vulnerable and culturally and linguistically diverse populations including racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Sonya Karpiak Bowen joined the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1994 and its Office of Minority Health (OMH) in 2015, initially as a special        assistant to the deputy director, and currently as a health insurance specialist. Her primary responsibilities include advancing program incentives and policies to increase physical accessibility in health care settings, targeting analyses of high risk, high needs subgroups of dually Medicare-Medicaid eligible beneficiaries within CMS’s Financial Alignment Initiative evaluation, and supporting culturally and linguistically appropriate services in nursing homes under the Health Equity Innovation Incubator. Bowen previously worked on the development and oversight of state Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) programs for disabled and elderly individuals in the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.  In preceding years, she provided leadership for the administration, evaluation and ongoing refinement of the national HEDIS® Medicare Health Outcomes Survey and facilitated use of the data in Medicare Advantage oversight, payment, operations, and quality reporting and improvement activities.  Ms. Bowen holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore.     Please  click HERE for 6-slides per page hand-out


Johns Hopkins' Evidence-Based Community Cancer Disparities Research in East Baltimore

Presenter: Jim Zabora, Director of Outreach & Education for the Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities (JHCRCD), Baltimore MD.

Jim Zabora, Director of Outreach & Education for the Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities (JHCRCD), Baltimore MD. Johns Hopkins social work researcher and educator Jim Zabora will define and describe cancer disparities and affected populations in Baltimore City and provide evidence of successful research initiatives to address and reduce these disparities.

Objectives: 1. Define the cancer disparities and affected populations in Baltimore City; 2. Describe the vision and mission of the JHCRCD from a cancer prevention and control perspective; 3. Provide evidence of successful research initiatives to address and reduce these disparities.    Dr. Jim Zabora is the Director of Outreach & Education for the Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities (JHCRCD) with a faculty appointment in the School of Medicine. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Life With Cancer (c) Program for 3 years at the Inova Health System in Fairfax, VA, and Dean and Professor of Social Work for 10 years at the National Catholic University School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.    click  HERE  for ppt  (Recorded December 2017)