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Palliative Care and Home Care: What You Need to Know
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 Export to Your Calendar 9/24/2019
When: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:15 PM / Registration 8:00 AM
Where: Rush Creek Golf Course
7801 Country Road 101
Maple Grove, Minnesota  55311
United States
Presenter: Julie Benson, Lores Vlaminck, Karen Peterson, Janelle Shearer and Karla Weng
Contact: Melissa Stenberg

Online registration is available until: 9/17/2019
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  MHCA Member Rate  $99
  Non-Member Rate  $150

Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 17.  On-Site registrations are subject to an additional $50.00 fee per registrant (space permitting).

MNHPC Members: Please contact Jessica Hausauer at for your promo code. 



Join MHCA and MNHPC for a comprehensive look at Palliative Care and Home Care.  With a variety of speakers and topics, this course will give you information on the building blocks of Palliative Care and different models that agencies have used.  This workshop also showcases a panel of providers and case studies.  Attendees will receive resources that will help your agency consider which model you want to implement!



  • Define palliative care and explain the difference between palliative care & hospice.
  • Articulate understanding of the patient's goals in managing basic troublesome symptoms.
  • Identify the NCP 8 domains of palliative care and resources needed to implement them.
  • Gain an understanding of the various palliative care models.
  • Learn the critical components of developing a palliative care program.
  • Increase professional confidence to initiate conversations surrounding advance care planning, POLST and having conversations around illness.
  • Obtain a valuable list of resources to develop a successful palliative care program.



1. Home care agency providers in the community and/or in assisted living looking to start a palliative care program.

2. Providers that already have a palliative care program but are looking for additional resources and ideas.



8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.  Program Starts
9:45 - 10:00 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
2:00 - 2:15 p.m.  Break
4:15 p.m.  Adjourn


Speaker Biographies

JULIE BENSON, MD FAAFP, Medical Director, Lakewood Health System

Julie Mayers Benson is a family medicine physician practicing in Staples MN since 1997. She is medical director for Lakewood Health System’s Hospice and Palliative Care program for 21 years. Lakewood began its journey building a palliative care program to serve unmet needs of patients with serious illness in 2008. She is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is past president of the Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care. She currently sits on the recently legislated Minnesota Palliative Care Advisory Council. She has worked with Stratis, ICSI and Minnesota Medical Association on various palliative care projects.  She also has an interest in perinatal palliative care.

LORES VLAMINCK, MA, BSN, RN, CHPN, Principal, Lores Consulting, LLC

Lores is a consultant for palliative care, hospice, home care and assisted living providing education, mock surveys, coaching for leadership and staff development. Lores’ 40+ years of professional nursing experience spans clinical practice in cardiac and general intensive care, outpatient clinic services and 19 years as a home care and hospice administrator. Lores is certified trainer for ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium), EPEC (Education on Palliative and End-of-life-care) and the HPNA’s (Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses) as well as a state and national speaker.

KAREN PETERSON, Regulatory Affairs and Advocacy Manager, MHCA

Karen Peterson, Regulatory Affairs and Advocacy Manager for MHCA, received her BSN from the University of Minnesota in 1993.  Prior to joining MHCA, Karen led Minnesota’s internationally-recognized Advance Care Planning initiative, Honoring Choices, where she taught nurses, social workers, chaplains, volunteers, and physicians to initiate and participate in meaningful conversations with their patients and clients about future healthcare choices.

JANELLE SHEARER, RN, BSN, MA, CPHQ, Program Manager, Stratis Health

Janelle Shearer leads the Stratis Health Coordination of Care and Rural Palliative Care initiatives. She is currently working with ten community-based groups across Minnesota to improve care coordination by bringing community partners together to address their local issues. Janelle has extensive experience at Stratis Health leading quality improvement programs related to hospital, home health care, patient safety, and palliative care. She holds a master of nursing degree from Bethel University and a BSN from the University of Iowa.

KARLA WENG, MPH, CPHQ, Senior Program Manager, Stratis Health

Karla is a Senior Program Manager for Stratis Health, and the Rural lead for the organization. In that role, she provides expertise to Stratis Health initiatives focused on rural providers and communities. Karla has worked on a wide variety of projects supporting rural hospitals and providers to improve quality and patient safety, including developing palliative care services, implementing quality management methods, improving patient safety culture, preventing readmissions, and clinical quality efforts on topics such as heart failure, pneumonia, and diabetes. Karla currently leads HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) funded Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance program which assists rural providers with quality reporting and improvement, and is the technical assistance lead for the FORHP funded Rural Health Value program.  Karla has a master’s degree in public health administration from the University of Minnesota, an undergraduate degree in community health education from Minnesota State University – Moorhead, and is a certified professional in health care quality.

Continued Education Credits

This program has been designed to meet the continuing education requirements for the Minnesota Board of Nursing and the Minnesota Board of Social Work for contact hours.


Education Payment Policy

Non-Members – Payment in full is required upon registration.

Members – Outstanding invoices 30 days after an event date will incur a $25 late fee per registration.


Credit Card/Terms of Use

Each credit card payment will be assessed a one-time 3.5% credit card surcharge.  This will be automatically processed within 1-3 business days of initial payment.  Please contact Acacia, MHCA Administrative Assistant with any payment questions at (651) 659-1451 or


Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and received by MHCA on or before Tuesday, September 10, 2019 to receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee (per registration).  No refunds for cancellations made after the cancellation deadline or for no-shows.  Please notify Acacia at of any name changes.



Presenter handouts will be sent one week prior to the workshop, please print out as you see fit.  In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, handouts will not be distributed at the workshop, unless otherwise noted.



Please contact Melissa Stenberg, MHCA Education Manager at (651) 635-0923 or

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