OHCA The Oregon Caregiver Spring Summer 2022

The Oregon Caregiver SPRING/SUMMER 2022 www.ohca.com 4 Our time in lockdown has forced us to look introspectively and reflect on how we can better serve our residents, our clients, and our communities. Over the past two years, OHCA has committed to becoming better allies for our residents and staff of color and historically marginalized groups to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive sector as a whole. We know our caregivers, staff, and residents bring diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives to the communities in which they work and live and we are committed to creating a safer and more inclusive sector. As we slowly come out of a global pandemic and racial reckoning, the long term care sector is tasked with building a stronger, more inclusive, and empathetic workforce. I have no doubt our provider members will rise to the occasion and take all the necessary steps to make every single person feel welcomed when they enter a long term care setting. In this issue of Oregon Caregiver, we focus on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work in long term care and share actionable steps to practice authentic allyship for staff, residents, and clients. In our feature article, we highlight what some long term care providers are doing to incorporate DEI into their communities and how they’re planning to sustain the work. In our quality article, Linda Kirschbaum shares some thoughts on DEI from our recent Quality Summit as well as a few preliminary tips for providers to consider as they incorporate DEI into their workplaces. OHCA legal counsel Eugenia Liu dives into the legal implications of discrimination and biases in the workplace. Libby Batlan, OHCA’s SVP of government relations, wraps up the 2022 short legislative session and highlights key bills that will impact our sector. Walt Dawson breaks down the demographics and data in our long term care communities. The Oregon Department of Human Services share highlights from the recent statewide Oregon LGBTQ+ Older Adult Survey. Two OHCA business partners share thoughts on how to create an inclusive and diverse senior community. Incite Strategic Partners focuses on ways to make residents and staff feel welcomed and celebrated, while Lane Powell illustrates how to expand recruitment efforts to become more diverse. In our policymaker profile, Representative Tawna Sanchez, shares her personal experiences as one of the first Native American women to take office in the Oregon Legislature and how she plans to humanize the laws put in place. Hear from Kenisha Wilson, a caregiver at Our House of Portland and the OHCA 2021 Caregiver of the Year Award recipient, who shares what she loves most about working in long term care in our leader profile. Review highlights from the 2022 Spring Expo in Salem and save the dates of important in-person and OnDemand events and trainings coming up this year. You can read this magazine and all past editions of the Oregon Caregiver on our website, www.ohca.com.  Embodying the Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 11740 SW 68th Pkwy, Ste 250, Portland, OR 97223 Phone: (503) 726-5260 www.ohca.com OHCA STAFF Libby Batlan • Senior VP of Government Relations Philip Bentley, JD • President & CEO James A. Carlson • Advisor Cheryl Durant • CRM Administrator/Accountant Melodie King, CMP • Director of Education Linda Kirschbaum, LNHA • Senior VP Quality Services Eugenia Liu • Senior VP & General Counsel Brenda Michael • Assistant Controller Lori Mueller • CFO Sara Schouten • Member & Administrative Services Coordinator Catherine Van • Communications Coordinator Rosie Ward • Senior VP of Strategy BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR Kathy LeVee, Generations, LLC VICE CHAIR Rick Miller, Avamere Health Services TREASURER Mark Kinkade, Gateway/McKenzie Living IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR Steve Fogg, Marquis Companies, Inc. NON-PROPRIETARY REPRESENTATIVE JoAnn Vance, Providence Child Center MULTI-FACILITY REPRESENTATIVE Ryan Delamarter, Prestige Care, Inc. BUSINESS PARTNER MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE Gabriela Sanchez, Lane Powell, LLC ALF REPRESENTATIVE Mauro Hernandez, PhD, Hearth & Truss; ITA Partners, LLC MULTI-FACILITY REPRESENTATIVE Jonathan Allred, EmpRes Healthcare Management, LLC INDEPENDENT NURSING FACILITY REPRESENTATIVE Kathleen Parry, Maryville Nursing Home BUSINESS PARTNER MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE Scott Reese, Alliance Insurance Group NON-PROPRIETARY REPRESENTATIVE Mark Remley, Aidan Health Services, Inc. IN-HOME/SENIOR HOUSING REPRESENTATIVE Kevin Call, Adeo In Home Care ALF REPRESENTATIVE Andy Becker, Sapphire Health Services ALF REPRESENTATIVE Lisa Maynard, The Springs Living ALF REPRESENTATIVE Tom Stanley, Cascade Living Group, Inc. 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