The 2020 Annual Summit of the Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative (AE) will explore the topic: Mitigating Racial Inequities in Post-Acute & Long-Term Care. As nursing homes have struggled to adapt to COVID-19 and keep residents safe, the pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated widespread disparities in healthcare outcomes. Amid national cries for racial justice, nursing homes are challenged to understand and address persistent inequalities experienced by patients, staff, and leaders of color.
The AE meeting will feature three afternoons of education and action. During Day 1, nationally renowned experts will describe the presence and causes of racial disparities in nursing homes and how this connects to systemic racism. Residents, family members, staff, and healthcare leaders will also share their experiences and discuss what they are doing, or would recommend doing, to address or respond to inequity. Day 2 will feature working sessions for AE members to develop plans of action based on barriers and opportunities identified in Day 1. The meeting will culminate on Day 3 with a discussion on these action plans and concrete next steps for advancing equity in PALTC.