2020 Vision Creating New Perspectives
38th Annual Conference - Virtual Format

Tuesday, September 22nd
9:00am-12:00pm MDT
Wednesday, September 23rd
9:00am-12:00pm MDT

Full Conference:
Members: $179     Non-Members: $279
1 Day Only 
Members: $129     Non-Members: $229


Tuesday, September 22nd
Opening Keynote - Dr. Brad Nieder "Laughter is the Best Medicine"
9:00-10:00am MDT

 Dr. Brad Nieder’s signature keynote—“Laughter is the Best Medicine”—is funny! The healthcare humor will tickle your funny bone and have you laughing. “The Healthy Humorist®” has been known to skewer such topics as healthcare lingo, diet plans, pharmaceutical ads, medical marijuana and scrubs. He’s even been known to break into song!

Not just your standard comedy show, though, the program is uplifting, too. You may find yourself committing to lightening up and laughing more. Or to adopting a new healthy habit.
It’s also educational … but not in a boring way. You’ll laugh as you learn why laughter really is good medicine … for combating stress, feeling better and living longer. And Dr. Brad always dispenses some wellness advice, too, in an entertaining manner unlike any other doctor you’ve encountered.
So that’s it in a nutshell: a funny doctor who delivers healthcare comedy, an inspiring message and valuable information. You’ll be feeling better in no time!

Mental Health Crisis Planning
Instructor: Ruben Rivera-Jackman

This interactive, entertaining, and instructive webinar will address how our behaviors are a demonstration of who we are and how we communicate our response to daily living.  Older adults with mental health conditions are a diverse population, most of whom want to continue residing in their community. Through various educational techniques, this comprehensive webinar will provide guidelines for supporting adults with mental health conditions who wish to continue living in the independent housing setting.

At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the barriers that older adults face when accessing mental health services
2. Identify strategies for responding to a mental health crisis
3. Develop a plan of action for responding to older adults experiencing mental health decompensation
4. Apply appropriate housing recommendations

Two Concurrent Sessions

NAHMA Update
Instructor: Kris Cook

NAHMA updates us on the key changes in regulations, legislation affecting affordable housing and any relevant late breaking news.  


Action Plan for Moving from Paper Files to an Electronic Filing System
Instructor: Christopher Voss, Vice President, Affordable. Yardi

Going to an electronic filing system can save time and money but there are things to consider to make sure you organize your files effectively. Learn the steps to take to make sure your electronic files are done in a way that meets your needs.

Wednesday, September 23rd
9:00-10:15am MDT
Implicit Bias


Implicit Bias is the attitudes and stereotypes that influence judgment, decision-making and behavior in ways that are outside of our conscious awareness and/or control.  Dr. Liz Redford with Project Implicit will begin this session with an interactive demonstration of perceptual, memory and judgment illusions that help illustrate that we do not have complete access to or control over our own minds. She will provide an explanation of implicit bias with an interactive group demonstration of an Implicit Association Test (IAT), the most widely-used measure of implicit bias. Next, research evidence for how implicit bias impacts organizational effectiveness is provided and followed by practical steps to manage implicit bias.

Facilitator: Liz Redford, Ph.D.
Dr. Redford is a behavioral scientist with Healthy Minds Innovations where she uses behavioral and data science to drive product development. In her role as a scientist and consultant, she has advised corporations, universities, nonprofits and government agencies on implicit cognition and strategies for mitigating biased decision-making.
Dr. Redford earned B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento, and Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Two Concurrent Sessions

Maintenance Discussion Group

This interactive session will encourage discussion of Maintenance best practices, COVID-19 coping tips, and open discussion problem solving. Bring your challenges to the group for solutions and discussion and share some of your success stories.

Management Discussion Group

This interactive session will encourage discussion of key takeaways from the conference as well as management best practices, COVID-19 tips and tricks, as well as open discussion problem solving. Please bring your challenges to the group for solutions and to share some of your success stories.



Awards and Closing Session

Join us in our closing session to celebrate the tremendous work each of you do on a daily basis. We will acknowledge the award winners and close with games and prizes. Attendees must be online to win.