SDAHO’s Post-Acute Care Conference Offering Educational Opportunities, Networking and an Autographed Jersey

The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) 2023 Post-Acute Partners in Care Conference is about learning, networking, professional growth and more! This years conference will feature a variety of hot topic sessions, some include:

  • More Than Bricks and Mortar: Elder-Directed Nursing Home Models
Green House homes attracted significant media and regulatory attention during the COVID-19 pandemic due to their superior infection-control outcomes, with a particular focus on private rooms and bathrooms. But creating eldercare spaces that are both safe and welcoming goes beyond simple design. Join Alex Spanko of the Center for Innovation – the non-profit parent of The Green House Project and Pioneer Network – for an exploration of how providers can bring the best of elder directed care to even the most traditional of settings.
  • Growing our Own: Healthcare Workforce Strategies to Attract the Next Generation
Grow-your-own programs help to address the shortage of healthcare workers in rural areas. They focus on encouraging individuals to consider choosing healthcare careers, cultivating their interest, and helping them develop skills that they can use professionally in their home communities. This approach recognizes and builds on the idea that health professionals are more likely to consider serving in the community in which they were raised. During this lively discussion, panelists will share how they are connecting students to healthcare careers within South Dakota communities.
  • Contractual, Business and Cultural Issues Around Traveling Staff 
The health care industry was already experiencing a shortage of professionals prior to the pandemic, but COVID-19 exacerbated this issue throughout the country, especially in rural communities. Travel staff were employed to help meet the rising demands. As the demand increased, so did a variety of issues. This session will explore the topics and issues surrounding contracted/travel staff including the pros and cons of having contracted/traveling staff, cultural concerns, pay and compensation and effectively managing the performance and behavior of contracted/traveling staff. Participants will also learn how to effectively set up the contract and relationship for success. Other topics that will be addressed include issues surrounding agency relationships, housing, and recruitment
  • Community Approach to Challenging Behavior Placement 
Important transitions for those with dementia and their families and/or caregivers span the care continuum, including initial diagnosis; advanced, driving cessation, managing behavioral symptoms, changes in care settings, and preparing for end-of-life. Many times, challenges with these transitions can be tempered by a streamlined process and utilization of community resources. We will identify potential community resource partners, considerations for transition planning, and tools for caregiver support.

This year’s conference also features two keynote speakers!

Opening Keynote Speaker is Donna Wright, a nurse and professional development specialist with Creative Healthcare Management in Minneapolis.  Donna has degrees in Nursing, Family Sociology, and Adult Education. Donna has worked with many health care organizations to help them create meaningful, effective programs that support professional development and competency assessment for all departments.

Closing this year’s conference is Dan Meers, Mascot, Motivational Speaker, and Author. Dan Meers has been KC Wolf, the mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs, for more than 25 years. In 2006 he was selected as the first NFL mascot inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame. Dan travels throughout the United States and the world entertaining thousands of people both in and out of costume.

As a special give-a-way this conference, SDAHO will be drawing for an autographed jersey from KC Wolf, signed by Dan Meers! Don’t miss out on your chance to win this unique gift, from this years Super Bowl Champion Mascot!

Deadline to use the SDAHO room block is TODAY, March 24, 2023. A block of rooms are reserved at the Sheraton Sioux Falls, under Post Acute Care Conference. CLICK HERE


What: SDAHO Post-Acute Partners in Care Conference

When: April 12-13, 2023

Where: Sioux Falls Convention Center

Cost: Member $200 / non-member $300

CLICK HERE to for more information and to register!