Caring for Idaho

3rd Annual Thomas Geriatric Health Symposium
"Collaborative Care for Chronic Disease"

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, a no-cost, interdisciplinary geriatric health symposium will be held annually for students and clinicians in the rehabilitation sciences. The first symposium was held in December 2008 and focused on mental health. The second symposium took place on October 30, 2009 and the topic was “Balance and Fall Prevention.” This year’s symposium will be held on Friday, October 29, and the overall theme is “Collaborative Care for Chronic Disease.


8:00–9:00am Registration and Check-in • Pond Student Union Building, 3rd Floor East Lounge
9:00–10:15am Chronic Disease Management Demands A Delivery System Change: Telehealth Anyone? • Pond Student Union Wood River Room Monte Coffman
10:15–10:30am Break (Visit Sponsor Booths)
10:30–11:30am Rural Chronic Illness Self-management: Challenges, Technology, Successes • Pond Student Union Wood River Room Clarann Weinert
11:30am–12pm Question & Answer Session (Monte Coffman and Clarann Weinert)
12:00-1:00pm Lunch break (on your own)
1:00-1:50pm Recognizing and Assessing Dementia: A Team-Based Approach • Pond Student Union Wood River Room Norman Foster
2:00-2:50pm Proactive Dementia Care: A New Paradigm for Collaborative Care • Pond Student Union Wood River Room Troy Andersen Oral Health Session:
Putting the Mouth Back into the Body • Pond Student Union North Fork Room
Lea Erickson
3:00-3:50pm Geriatric Pharmacotherapy: The Pharmacist's Role in Appropriate Drug Management for our Frail and Elderly Patients • Pond Student Union Wood River Room Jolie Jantz

Session 1 (9:00-10:15am): Chronic Disease Management Demands A Delivery System Change: Telehealth Anyone?

Presenter: Monte Coffman

Learning objectives:

  1. Differentiate the scope and costs of chronic versus acute care disease management.
  2. Describe a necessary system design change to meet the future demands of chronic care.
  3. Evaluate the current findings of a current long-term care telehealth program in Kansas

Presenter’s Biographical Sketch:
Monte Coffman graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1976. He started his college education at Baker University following high school graduation. In 1978, he was hired by Top Management Services as Director of Operations with operational responsibilities for 8 facilities. That same year, Monte transferred from Baker University to Washburn University, where he graduated in 1982 with a BBA degree in management. Monte stayed employed with Top Management Services until 1992, when he became Executive Director of Windsor Place in Coffeyville, Kansas. He continues to serve as licensed administrator of a 163 bed skilled nursing facility. He supervises all Windsor Place operations, community outreaches and campus programs, including home care, meals on wheels, transportation, assisted living and two other skilled nursing facilities. Additionally, Monte directs the development of new programs and services such as Telehealth and Age to Age. Operations grew from 170 employees and a $3.5M annual revenue in 1992 to 1,300 employees and a $31M annually in 2009. Monte’s community work involves public education. Together with his wife, Amber, they have 3 nearly adult children, a one-year old grandson, and two spoiled dogs.

Session 2 (10:30-11:30am): Rural Chronic Illness Self-management: Challenges, Technology, Successes

Clarann Weinert, SC, PhD, RN, FAAN

Presenter: Clarann Weinert, SC, PhD, RN, FAAN

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the reason for the need for innovative ways to address rural health needs.
  2. Understand the conceptualization of the Women to Women research project.
  3. Identify components of the intervention.
  4. Comprehend selected outcomes of the intervention.

Presenter’s Biographical Sketch:
Clarann Weinert, SC,PhD,RN,FAAN is a Professor at Montana State University College of Nursing and a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati. Sister Clarann received a BSN (nursing) from the College of Mount St. Joseph on the Ohio; MS (nursing) from The Ohio State University; and MA and Ph.D. (sociology) from the University of Washington. She has a nearly 30 year funded program of research on the management of chronic illness which currently includes: use of computers as a means for providing support and health information to isolated rural woman; use of complementary therapy by rural residents; development of a measure of CAM Health Literacy, family strategies for caring for Native American elders; community-based enhancement of health literacy for older individuals in very small rural settings, and a study of the health status and needs of persons exposed to asbestos from vermiculite ore mined in Libby, MT. Dr. Weinert is widely published in social support, rural health, measurement, and chronic illness management.

Session 3 (1:00-1:50pm): Recognizing and Assessing Dementia: A Team-Based Approach

Norman L. Foster, MD

Presenter: Norman L. Foster, MD

Learning objectives:

  1. Be able to distinguish the terms dementia, delirium, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease
  2. Describe how to recognize dementia early
  3. Discuss the typical features, clinical course and treatment of common dementing diseases
  4. Outline the key components of multidisciplinary assessment of dementia
  5. Describe the role of specialist and primary care of dementia in coordinated care
  6. Explain the physician role in proactive, personalized recommendations for dementia treatment

Presenter’s Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Foster joined the University of Utah in 2005 as Professor in the Department of Neurology, where he is also Director of the Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research (CACIR). He also serves as Senior Investigator for the Brain Institute at the University of Utah.

Dr. Foster completed his undergraduate training at MacMurray College in Illinois, graduating summa cum laude with a dual major in Biology and Chemistry. He received his M.D. from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he subsequently completed an internship in Straight Medicine. After completing his residency in Neurology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Dr. Foster relocated to Bethesda, Maryland for a three-year fellowship in Experimental Therapeutics with the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke at the NIH.

Before returning to Utah, Dr. Foster spent over 20 years at the University of Michigan, where he was a faculty member in the Department of Neurology. While there, he led the Clinical Core and was Associate Director of the NIH-funded Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and he established the first dementia clinic in Michigan, which he directed from 1984-2006.

Dr. Foster is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and a chartered member of the NIH Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration Study Section, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society, and the American Neurological Association. He has been listed as one of "The Best Doctors in America" nine times during his career, and was recognized in 2007 by Utah Business Magazine as a "Health Care Hero" for his clinical innovations.

Session 4 (2:00-2:50pm): Proactive Dementia Care: A New Paradigm for Collaborative Care

Troy Andersen, LCSW

Presenter: Troy Andersen, LCSW

Learning objectives:

  1. Define and explain the underlying philosophy of the Proactive Dementia Care perspective
  2. Identify the key roles of health education and social work as a part of a multidisciplinary team
  3. Identify the primary risk factors included in a Proactive Dementia Care (PDC) evaluation
  4. Discuss the expansion of care provision and planning for the unexpected included in a PDC evaluation
  5. Engage the professional care community into the family care continuum

Presenter’s Biographical Sketch:
Troy Andersen, MSW, MS, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker at the Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research at the University of Utah. He is pursuing his Doctorate in Social Work with an emphasis in aging-related research. In connection with his educational pursuits, Mr. Andersen teaches graduate level courses in the College of Social Work and the Gerontology program. In 2008, he received the John A. Hartford Pre-Dissertation Award in Geriatric Social Work. Mr. Andersen received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Utah, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of Utah. For the last four years, Mr. Andersen has worked at the University of Utah’s Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research, providing medical social work services to patients with dementing diseases and their caregivers and families. In his 20 years of clinical experience he also has worked extensively with individuals with chronic mental illness, as well as in crisis intervention, trauma and grief issues.

Session 5 (3:00-3:50pm): Geriatric Pharmacotherapy: The pharmacist's role in appropriate drug management for our frail and elderly patients

Jolie Jantz, PharmD, BCPS

Presenter: Jolie Jantz, PharmD, BCPS

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand why the ageing process can increase the risk for adverse drug events.
  2. Identify medications used in chronic disease states which may require special monitoring in the elderly population.
  3. Discuss the role of pharmacists in the collaborative care model for geriatric patients.

Presenter’s Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Jantz is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Idaho State University and Clinical Pharmacist for Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Colorado and her Pharm.D. from Idaho State University, after which she completed a residency in Pharmacy Practice with Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Jantz co-coordinates the Coeur d'Alene site for pharmacy students completing their senior clerkship rotations. She precepts students for the Adult Medicine clinical rotation at Kootenai Medical Center and pursues a special interest in geriatric pharmacotherapy.

Oral Health Concurrent Session (2:00-4:00 pm): Putting the Mouth Back into the Body

Lea Erickson, DDS, MSPH

Presenter: Lea Erickson, DDS, MSPH

Learning objectives:

  1. Present an overview of oral changes associated with aging
  2. Discuss periodontal disease as a contributing factor in diabetes, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis
  3. Discuss the role of medical interventions, especially medications, in contributing to dental diseases
  4. Present strategies for mitigating the deleterious oral effects of systemic disease and medical interventions and maintaining oral health in aging patients
  5. Present an integrated view of oral health as a part of total health

Session outline: Researchers are actively looking at the role of dental diseases, particularly periodontal inflammation, in a variety of diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, many medical interventions have a significant impact on the progression of dental diseases. Older adult patients who are more likely to be on multiple medications may experience profound oral effects. This program focuses the integration of oral health into a holistic approach to health.

Presenter's biographical sketch:
Lea Erickson, DDS, MSPH is Chief of Dental Service at the VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry as a dental geriatrician and has degrees from Idaho State University, University of Maryland, and University of Utah.

Continuing Education

Nursing C.E. credit will be available for the Geriatric Health Symposium. Idaho State University School of Nursing (ISU-SON) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. If you are planning on requesting Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit, please read this disclosure form.

The Symposium will also serve Nursing Home Administrators and Residential Care Facility Administrators as well as Occupational and Physical therapists towards their licensing requirements; a certificate of completion will be provided. Please plan to attend all sessions and sign attendance rosters to receive C.E. credit.


The Thomas Geriatric Health Symposium is FULL as of October 18. We are no longer taking registrations for the Symposium's main track. Some space is still available for the Oral Health Presentation (2:00-4:00 pm). To register for this session ONLY, please download and complete this separate Oral Health registration form. One person per form; duplicate as necessary. For further information, call (208) 282-3155 or email

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