FOCUS Conference
November 18-19, 2020
Kalahari Resort and Conventions - Wisconsin Dells, WI
Health and Human Services, See Stevens Point Offerings


19th Annual Focus Conference

Focus 2020 Conference and Special Session: Wednesday-Thursday, November 18-19, 2020
Kalahari Resorts & Convention Center, 1305 Kalahari Dr., Wisconsin Dells, WI

Details 


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Quality Assurance (DQA), is pleased to announce the 19th annual FOCUS (Forging Our Commitment to Ultimate Service) conference for health care providers and DQA staff on November 18-19, 2020, at the Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. The FOCUS 2020 conference is being developed in collaboration with DQA, health care provider and provider association representatives. 

Sponsored by: The Department of Health Services, Division of Quality Assurance

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New this year!  The 2019 FOCUS Special Session and Conference is "Going Green!"  It will be a paperless event. Handouts and folders will not be available for conference participants at the conference.  

Should participants choose to print out their own materials, handouts will be available 30 days prior to conference and can be accessed here.

 CALL FOR PRESENTERS!

We're now accepting online proposals for 90-minute breakout sessions.

The FOCUS conference brings together provider associations, health care providers, and Division of Quality Assurance staff annually to help provide better care and service for Wisconsin elders and those with disabilities.  FOCUS, which stands for Forging Our Commitment to Ultimate Service, is a unique opportunity to teach, learn, and collaborate.

The FOCUS conference addresses a wide variety of healthcare-related topics.  For the past several years, one of the days of the conference has been dedicated to current and emerging topics and is referred to as the special session.  This year's special session will focus on the caregiver shortage and associated challenges that come with it.

The conference serves:

  • Aging and Disability Resource Centers
  • Adult Family Homes
  • Community-Based Residential Facilities
  • Division of Quality Assurance
  • Facilities Serving Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospices
  • Life Safety Industry
  • Nursing Homes
  • Residential Care Apartment Complexes
As such, we look for proposals that apply to a variety of provider types.  Proposals that apply to a specific provider type will also be considered but you should note in your proposal which provider type(s) is you primary audience.

The conference is intended to be applicable to administrators, architects, case/discharge managers, caregivers, dietitians/dietetic technicians, engineers, medical directors, nurses, pharmacists, quality improvement managers, risk managers, social works, and therapists.


Proposal Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2020

Please complete one online proposal form for each breakout session idea.  Breakout session title, description, and learning objectives are required at time of submission.

When determining your preferred fee for speaking at the conference, please provide an all-inclusive fee that includes travel and meal costs.  All speakers receive a complimentary registration tot he conference and a hotel room.

The FOCUS 2020 planning committees will review all proposals and selected presenters will review all proposals and selected presenters will be notified by May 5, 2020.  All proposals are selected through a collaborative review process completed by the conference planning committee.  The planning committee is made up of staff of the Division of Quality Assurance and members of the provider community.

Need more information? Please email Don Wadewitz or call (608) 267-3745.

​Who Should Attend

  • Administrators
  • Case/Discharge Managers
  • Caregivers
  • Dietitians/Dietetic Technicians
  • Medical Directors 
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists 
  • Quality Improvement Managers 
  • Risk Managers 
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists​
Provider Types
  • Aging and Disability Resource Centers
  • Adult Family Homes
  • Community-Based Residential Facilities
  • Division of Quality Assurance 
  • Facilities Serving Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities 
  • Home Health Agencies 
  • Hospices
  • Nursing Homes 
  • Residential Care Apartment Complexes
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Registration Information

2020 registration information coming soon!

2019 ​Keynote Presentations

SPECIAL SESSION
November 20, 2019

Due to unforseen circumstances, Paul Greenwood will now speak in 
the 
morning and Elaine Sanchez will speak in the afternoon. 

Keynote 
"Putting the Spotlight on Elder Abuse: Forgotten No More"
Paul Greenwood, Retired Prosecutor, Elder Abuse Consultant


Plenary 
"Dad Did What?!? Sexuality, Dementia and Long-Term Care"
Elaine Sanchez, Author, Speaker

2019 FOCUS CONFERENCE
November 21, 2019

Keynote
​"Dementia 360"
Teepa Snow, Author, CEO, Dementia-Care Education Specialist

2019 Agenda

 November 20, 2019

​7-8 a.m.
​Registration
​​8-8:30 a.m.
​Welcome and Opening Announcements
​​8:30-9:45 a.m.
​Keynote: Putting the Spotlight on Elder Abuse: Forgotten No More
Paul Greenwood, Retired Prosecutor, Elder Abuse Consultant

Due to unforseen circumstances, Paul Greenwood will now speak in 
the 
morning and Elaine Sanchez will speak in the afternoon. 
​9:45-10:15 a.m.
​Break
​10:15-11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions "A"
​​11:45-12:45 p.m.
​Luncheon
​​12:45-2:15 p.m.
​​Breakout Sessions "B"
​​2:15-2:30 p.m.
​Break
​​2:30-4 p.m.
Plenary: Dad Did What?!?  Sexuality, Dementia and Long-Term Care
Elaine Sanchez, Author, Speaker

Due to unforseen circumstances, Paul Greenwood will now speak in 
the 
morning and Elaine Sanchez will speak in the afternoon. 


 November 21, 2019

​7-8 a.m.​Registration and Breakfast
​8-8:30 a.m.
​Welcome and Opening Announcements
​8:30-9:45 a.m.
Keynote: Dementia 360
Teepa Snow, Author, CEO, Dementia-Care Education Specialist
​9:45-10:15 a.m.​Break
​10:15-11:45 a.m.Breakout Sessions "C"
​11:45-12:45 p.m.
​Luncheon
​12:45-2:15 p.m.​​Breakout Sessions "D"
​2:15-2:30 p.m.​Break
​2:30-4 p.m.​Breakout Sessions "E"

Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)​     


Continuing Education Hours are a measure of participation in continuing education programs. Certificates of completion will be available at the conference.  It will be your proof of attendance and continuing education hours. It is your responsibility to report your hours earned to your appropriate credential or licensing board.

This conference has been approved by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) for 6.25 participant hours per day. 

This conference has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter, for 5.75 participant hours per day. 





Lodging Information


2020 lodging information will be available soon.

A one-night deposit is required at the time of reservation.  Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local tax unless a S211 form is presented at check-in.


 2019 Special Session Committee Members

Nikki Andrews - Bureau Director, Division of Quality Assurance
Ann Angell - Deputy Bureau Director, Division of Quality Assurance
Juli Brandt - Regional Field Operations Director, Division of Quality Assurance
Heather Bruemmer - State Ombudsman Executive Director, State of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care
Lisa Eberle - Program Director, Central Wisconsin Center
Sandra Finseth - Quality Assurance Program Specialist, Division of Quality Assurance
Leann Graffin - Training Officer, Division of Quality Assurance
Liz Masanz - Director of Nursing, Norwood Health Center
Patty Morter - Professional Networking Chair, Wisconsin Representatives of Activity Professionals (WRAP)
Jim Raab - Nursing Home Administrator/Occupational Therapist, Four Winds Manor
Jerry Riederer - Nurse Consultant, Division of Quality Assurance
Kelly Terrab - Quality Assurance Program Specialist, Division of Quality Assurance
Dinh Tran - Quality Assurance Program Specialist, Division of Quality Assurance
Therese Van Male - Nurse Consultant, Division of Quality Assurance
Mary Van Rossum - Regional Field Operations Supervisor, Division of Quality Assurance
Don Wadewitz - Section Chief, Division of Quality Assurance

 2019 FOCUS Conference Committee Members

Nikki Andrews - Bureau Director, Division of Quality Assurance
Vickie Bergquist - Dietary Services Consultant, Division of Quality Assurance
Leann Graffin - Training Officer, Division of Quality Assurance
Vicky Griffin - Nurse Consultant, Division of Quality Assurance
Jessica Gross - Member Care Quality Specialist, Division of Medicaid Services
Kristen Isham - Regional Field Operations Supervisor, Division of Quality Assurance
Katy Johnson - Social Service Director, Bethany St. Joseph Care Center
Kathy Klika - Board Member, Residential Services Association (RSA) of Wisconsin
Kathy Lyons - Bureau Director, Division of Quality Assurance
Kim Marheine - Ombudsman Services Supervisor, State of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care
Mary Ellen O'Connell - Activity Professional, Wisconsin Representatives of Activity Professionals (WRAP)
Jessica Radtke - Regional field Operations Director, Division of Quality Assurance
Jerry Riederer - Nurse Consultant, Division of Quality Assurance
Miriah Seyler - Nursing Home Administrator, Rennes Health and Rehabilitation
Dinh Tran - Quality Assurance Program Specialist, Division of Quality Assurance
Therese Van Male - Nurse Consultant, Division of Quality Assurance
Mary Van Rossum - Regional Field Operations Supervisor, Division of Quality Assurance
Don Wadewitz - Section Chief, Division of Quality Assurance

Contact Information


For questions regarding registration contact: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Continuing Education at 715-346-3838 or uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu

For questions regarding the Special Session & FOCUS 2019 Conference contact: Leann Graffin at 608-267-1438 or leann.graffin@dhs.wisconsin.gov

Cancellation Policy


Full refunds granted upon receipt of written request to uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu. Cancelling your hotel room does not cancel your conference registration. 

Request must be received by November 6, 2019 to receive a full refund.  Refunds requested between November 7-13, 2019 will be assessed a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given on or after November 14, 2019

Substitutions can be made at anytime, but no shows will be responsible for the full conference fee. Last minute registrations cannot be guaranteed meals or materials.

Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

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Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. 
Please contact Continuing Education at 715-346-3838 or uwspceweb@uwsp.edu.






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