PACE is a complex model of care that is growing faster than the number of trained or experienced PACE leaders. The need for PACE leadership training opportunities is paramount to the future success of each program and for PACE as a whole. Existing leaders often are promoted or hired prior to developing a solid foundation of skills and competencies needed for effective PACE leadership.

To address this issue the National PACE Association, in partnership with On Lok PACEpartners, developed the PACE Leadership Training Program. An informational flyer and an application for the 2017-2018 program are now available. Space is limited. The deadline to apply is Aug. 21. Applicants who are selected to participate in the program will be notified within a week of that date.

Selection criteria include the strength of responses to the questions on the application form and the support and commitment of the applicant's organization. Priority will be given to new PACE program directors and executive-level staff.

Program Overview

Applicants who are accepted into the program will be able to access introductory background reading material via an online portal in September in preparation for the in-person training in October. Intensive in-person training will be held Oct. 18-19 following the NPA Annual Conference in Boston. Twenty weeks of deep-dive self-study will begin in November and continue until March 2018. During this time, program participants will visit one of the eight pre-selected PACE sites located across the country. An in-person wrap-up and roundtable discussion will conclude the program on March 20, 2018, following the NPA Spring Policy Forum in Washington, DC.

The PACE Leadership Training Program is designed for new PACE executives, as well as individuals exploring PACE as an option. For experienced PACE leaders, the program provides a deeper understanding of PACE leadership requirements and new skills. The program consists of nine subject modules covering key PACE leadership topics. Topics include attributes of effective leadership, quality care delivery, regulatory compliance and policy, center operations, reliable management systems, financial success, census and growth, and external factors impacting PACE. The final topic is “Taking the Journey Forward for Continuing Development of PACE.”

For more information, contact Venise Lewis.

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