44th Annual Pre-Conference and Conference – April 23-24, 2020

Pre-Conference: Thursday, April 23, 1:00 – 4:30 pm
LEADING WITH THE LENS OF EQUITY: UNEARTHING IMPLICIT BIAS – INCREASING CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS

Conference: Friday, April 24, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
AGE FRIENDLY MINNESOTA. AGE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES. AGE FRIENDLY YOU.

Earle Brown Heritage Center – 6155 Earle Brown Dr. – Brooklyn Center, MN

Pre-Conference = 3.5 CEUs; Conference = 6 CEUs; Both Events = 9.5 CEUs
Preapproved for Social Workers by BOSW; for NH Administrators by BENHA (pending);
Nurses: MGS is listed as a Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing; self-submit all other disciplines.

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Pre-Conference, April 23, 1:00 – 4:30 pm

LEADING WITH THE LENS OF EQUITY:
UNEARTHING IMPLICIT BIAS – INCREASING CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS
Facilitator: Hedy Walls, PhD, Chief Responsibility Officer, YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

Conference, April 24, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

AGE FRIENDLY MINNESOTA. AGE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES. AGE FRIENDLY YOU.

7:30 a.m.         Registration – Breakfast – Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 a.m.         Welcome, Gerontologist of the Year
9:00 a.m.         Keynote: Age-Friendly Community Design – Policy, Research, Practice
                       Dana Bradley, Ph.D., Dean of the Erickson School of Aging Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County
10:00 a.m.        Exhibit Hall – Break
10:30 a.m.       Panel Presentations/Conversations (open mic/Q&A format)
                       Facilitator: Olivia Mastry, Collective Action Lab
                        Panel: National and Minnesota leaders share their expertise.
11:30 a.m.       Exhibit Hall – Poster Displays – Break
12:00 p.m.       Lunch, MGS Scholarships, Raffles
1:00 p.m.         Exhibit Hall – Poster Displays – Network Meetings – Tai Ji Quan Demonstration
                       Session Topics: 1) Age-Friendly Minnesota; 2) Age-Friendly Communities; 3) Age-Friendly You
2:00 p.m.         Session A
2:40 p.m.         Session B
3:20 p.m.         Session C
3:50 p.m.         Break
4:00 p.m.         Plenary Session – Call to Action
4:30 pm           Adjourn – Raffles

Pre-Conference: April 23, 1:00 – 4:30 pm

LEADING WITH THE LENS OF EQUITY: UNEARTHING IMPLICIT BIAS – INCREASING CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS

Everyone has unwritten scripts and biases. It is what makes us humans! When we unconsciously link whole groups of people with an attribute or behavior, we might make an implicit association that may be in direct conflict with our stated values and beliefs. In addition, because these biases can be unconscious, they may cause us to discriminate even when we think we are being fair. In this workshop we will seek to uncover what is often unconscious, identifying how our worldviews and mental processes affect social judgment.

As leaders in the aging and healthcare industries, it is imperative that we establish a workforce culture that supports our organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We must provide a framework for setting clear expectations and goals for all of our colleagues to increase our collective cultural competence for working more effectively with the communities we serve. Leading with equity and inclusion and having an understanding of our personal biases creates a mindset that seeks to ensure all are valued. Practicing through a cultural lens transforms the environment to be fair, just, respectful, and acknowledges similarities and differences.

Objectives:
1.  Gain a deeper understanding of unconscious bias, micro-aggressions, and cultural competence.
2.  Recognize the skills needed for intercultural relationships.
3.  Better understand the characteristics of a positive workforce culture that supports equity and inclusion and drives positive behaviors among all professionals.

Facilitator: Hedy Walls, Ph.D., Chief Social Responsibility Officer, YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

Dr. Walls is responsible for the Y’s social responsibility, diversity, inclusion, and global efforts and provides leadership for the Mission Impact Council that addresses sustainable solutions directly relating to urban and underserved communities. She holds a doctorate in education in leadership from St. Mary’s University, a specialist degree in education administration from Minnesota State University in Mankato, a master’s in business administration from Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota

Conference: April 24, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

AGE FRIENDLY MINNESOTA. AGE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES. AGE FRIENDLY YOU.

 Learning through Listening
The morning sessions feature knowledgeable experts who will inform you about the Age-Friendly Movement.

7:30 a.m.         Registration – Breakfast – Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 a.m.         Welcome, Introductions, Objectives and Hopes for the Day
8:50 a.m.         Gerontologist of the Year
9:00 a.m.         Keynote: Age-Friendly Community Design – Policy, Research, Practice
–                        Dana Bradley, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE, Dean, Erickson School of Aging Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Dana Burr Bradley completed her Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University as a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellow and has worked extensively on long-term care, generational and longevity economy policy issues. Most recently she has worked in close collaboration the with World Health Organization on strategies to make communities both age-friendly and great places to retire. Dr. Bradley is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education. She has served as the past president of the Southern Gerontological Society and secretary of the Gerontological Society of America.

10:00 a.m.       Exhibit Hall – Break
10:30 a.m.       Panel Presentations/Conversations (open mic/Q&A format)
                       Facilitator: Olivia Mastry, Collective Action Lab
                       Panel: National and Minnesota leaders share their expertise.
11:30 a.m.       Exhibit Hall – Poster Displays – Break
12:00 p.m.       Lunch – MGS Scholarships – Raffles
1:00 p.m.         Exhibit Hall – Poster Displays – Network Meetings – Tai Ji Quan Demonstration

Shaping Strategies Together
The
afternoon sessions feature café-style discussions where you will share your priorities and ideas. Participants will be divided into three interactive work groups and will remain in their assigned break-out room throughout the afternoon while the facilitators and experts rotate for each session. You will participate in all three sessions.

Session Topics: 1) Age-Friendly Minnesota; 2) Age-Friendly Communities; 3) Age-Friendly You
2:00 p.m.          Session A
2:40 p.m.          Session B
3:20 p.m.          Session C
3:50 p.m.          Break

Prioritizing for Action
Wrap up your day by making a personal commitment to advancing an Age-Friendly Minnesota.

4:00 p.m.         Plenary Session – Call to Action
                       “What immediate step will you take to advance an Age-Friendly Minnesota?”

4:30 pm           Adjourn – Raffles

Objectives:
1.  Inform participants about Minnesota’s vision for age-friendly communities and the value of age-friendly practices for older adults.
2.  Explore age-friendly concepts, including the eight domains of livability that affect the quality of life for older adults, as identified by the World Health Organization.
3.  Actively engage participants to identify strategies and priorities for implementing age-friendly practices in Minnesota, including discussing strategies that leverage differences to promote inclusion.
4.  Develop and disseminate a post-conference synthesis of stakeholder input and priorities for action.

Registration Details

REGISTER for the Conference

MGS Member Conference Discount: A new or renewing membership with conference registration saves up to $110 off the non-member rate. You can join or renew on the conference registration form. Membership must be active during the conference.
(Annual Memberships: Professional- $75; Retired- $40; Student- $30)

Early-bird Registration Rates (by March 31) – rates increase April 1

Pre-Conference & Conference (Both)

Pre-Conference only

Conference only

Member Professional = $170 Member = $40 Member Professional = $130
Non-Member Professional = $300 Non-Member = $60 Non-Member Professional = $240
Member Retired = $135 Student = $20 Member Retired = $95
Non-Member Retired = $235 Non-Member Retired = $175
Student (full time) = $70 Student (full time) = $50

Donate to Sponsor a Student: Please consider adding $50 to your registration to pay for a college student’s registration. There is a donation area on the registration form.
Group Registration Discounts: Available for groups of 5 or more registering together from the same organization. Contact info@mngero.org
Conference Discounts:
A limited number of partial discounts are available for low/moderate-income individuals. To apply contact info@mngero.org
Student Scholarships
: Student scholarships are available for full-time higher education students. These are made possible from individual donations and sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
To apply contact info@mngero.org
Hotel Accommodations:
Click here for several hotel options, including a special MGS rate at the Embassy Suites Minneapolis North attached to the Earle Brown conference center.

Pre-Conference = 3.5 CEUs; Conference = 6 CEUs; Both Events = 9.5 CEUs
Preapproved for Social Workers by BOSW ; for NH Administrators by BENHA (pending);
Nurses: MGS is listed as a Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing

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