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UMD Continuing Education Awarded Two Grants

March 3, 2016
Pauline Nuhring
Continuing Education
(218) 726-6361

Grants were awarded by DEED and MJSP.

Mary Engles, Essentia Health; Roxanne Richards, UMD Continuing Education; Diane Davidson, Essentia Health; and Paul Moe, MJSP

Mary Engles, Essentia Health; Roxanne Richards, UMD Continuing Education; Diane Davidson, Essentia Health; and Paul Moe, MJSP

UMD's Continuing Education Department was recently awarded two grants from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) program.

“We are thrilled to accept these grants from DEED and MJSP. Not only do these grants benefit our current business partners, Essentia Health and Peace of Mind, future businesses will also benefit as we will be able to tailor the materials to other client needs,” said Roxanne Richards, interim director, in UMD Continuing Education. 

In Partnership with Essentia Health
The first grant of $145,320 was awarded to UMD Continuing Education in partnership with Essentia Health. UMD Continuing Education will create and deliver a customized resiliency program called Dimensions of Well-Being focusing on self-awareness, mindfulness, purpose and meaning, self-care, and relationships for Essentia Health.  

Training on the topics of resiliency and well-being will be made available to direct care providers (RNs, APCs, Physicians), support and professional staff, and leaders throughout the state of Minnesota. The program will feature a blended learning format, including in-person and e-learning courses, website resources such as readings and short videos and supporting technology tools delivered through an innovative customized app for Essentia employees. The mobile app, customized for Essentia Workshops, will occur in Duluth, Detroit Lakes, and Brainerd with e-learning available at all of Essentia’s locations.  

All employees will be allowed/encouraged to attend with a target of 4,325 employees. This project will allow individuals to develop knowledge, self-management, and coping skills as well as build a social support network among coworkers, supervisors, and family.  

The health care profession, which has always been physically and emotionally demanding, has been made increasingly difficult due to continuing staffing shortages, ongoing budget cuts, and increases in patient acuity.  Health care employees not only work long hours, but also face the continual challenge of doing more with less.  

Research shows resilience is key to enhancing quality of care and sustainability of the health care workforce. The increasingly high business costs of stress, depression, and burnout, especially in health care, make it incumbent upon employers to invest their time and resources into developing well-being and resiliency in the workplace.

Essentia will benefit from workplace health through enhanced productivity, decreased employee absenteeism, employee retention, and lower insurance costs. 

The training application will be available for UMD Continuing Education to rebrand and re-sell to future clients including those working outside of healthcare.

Lisa Anderson, RN, president, Peace of Mind of Duluth, Richards, and Moe.

Lisa Anderson, RN, president, Peace of Mind of Duluth, Richards, and Moe.

In Partnership with Peace of Mind
The second grant of $26,392 was awarded to UMD Continuing Education in partnership with Peace of Mind, a privately owned health care business in Duluth. 

Continuing Education will create a customized, leadership development program for Peace of Mind that includes building leadership team’s business and risk management knowledge, developing supervisory and performance management skills, preventing and managing stress in a high burnout environment, building cohesion within the leadership team, and promoting the development of a mutual support network within the leadership team.  

Fourteen members of Peace of Mind’s leadership and nursing team will participate in the program.  Some e-learning and in-person sessions will also be made available to Peace of Mind’s entire staff of 70 employees.  The program includes both e-learning and in-person sessions. This project will assist in building a more self-reliant, self-sufficient, and resilient management team at Peace of Mind. 

Development of these projects will enhance UMD Continuing Education’s ability to provide education that can be accessed by other organizations.

About UMD Continuing Education
UMD Continuing Education’s Mission is to be a provider of high quality learning solutions. They use a collaborative approach to develop innovative, relevant programs that address the learning and development needs of professionals, organizations, and the community. Visit the Continuing Education website

About DEED
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade, and community development. For more details about the agency and their services, visit the DEED website or go to their Twitter account.

About MJSP
The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) works strategically with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities, and keep high-quality jobs in the state. Visit the MJSP website.

About Essentia
Essentia Health, headquartered in Duluth, is a fully integrated non-profit health system that serves patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Idaho. Essentia employs 13,900 employees across 18 hospitals, 68 clinics, five ambulance services, eight long-term care facilities, two assisted living facilities, four independent living facilities, and one research institute.  

About Peace of Mind
Peace of Mind, located in Duluth, is a privately owned health care business that offers a home-like environment and care for adults with physical and/or mental disabilities. The company’s 24/7/365 operation currently provides care to 24 clients in six homes with a staff of 70 licensed medical personnel, direct care non-licensed staff, and non-medical business professionals.

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