FOCUS Conference
November 20-21, 2019 | 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kalahari Resort and Conventions - Wisconsin Dells, WI
Health and Human Services, See Stevens Point Offerings

focus.jpg18th Annual FOCUS Conference 

Kalahari Resorts & Convention Center 
1305 Kalahari Dr., Wisconsin Dells, WI

FOCUS 2019 Special Session

"Let's Talk About It! Topics Too Important to Ignore"

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 

FOCUS 2019 Conference 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

 

 

ALREADY REGISTERED?  ACCESS HANDOUTS HERE!


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Quality Assurance (DQA), is pleased to announce the 18th annual FOCUS (Forging Our Commitment to Ultimate Service) conference for health care providers and DQA staff on November 20-21, 2019, at the Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. The FOCUS 2019 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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Join us this November for the 18th Annual FOCUS Conference! 

Registration Information


Registration is closed.

Walk-in registration is not permitted.  

 

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Conference Handouts


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.

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

​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

Agenda for November 20, 2019

​7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.​Registration
​8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.​Welcome and Opening Announcements
​8:30 a.m. - 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 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.​Break
​10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions "A"

​11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.​Luncheon
​12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions "B"

​2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.​Break
​2:30 p.m. - 4:00 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. 

Agenda for November 21, 2019

​7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.​Registration and Breakfast
​8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
​Welcome and Opening Announcements
​8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Keynote: Dementia 360
Teepa Snow, Author, CEO, Dementia-Care Education Specialist
​9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.​Break
​10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.Breakout Sessions "C"
​11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
​Luncheon
​12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.​​Breakout Sessions "D"
​2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.​Break
​2:30 p.m. - 4:00 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

The conference room block is available at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center has expired; however rooms may still be available. For reservations click here

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.

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.

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

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

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