Nursing Home Staffing: Research Highlights Relationship Between COVID-19 and Staffing -Webinar

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Nursing Home Staffing: Research Highlights Relationship Between COVID-19 and Staffing -Webinar

July 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Consumers have long believed that adequate numbers of well trained staff are essential to quality of care and quality of life.  Their advocacy has focused for many years on a staffing standard and the importance of RN coverage.  Sadly, COVID-19 has shown the disparities between facilities in alarming ways, and the factors in COVID-19’s spread are being examined by researchers.  Two studies by Dr. Charlene Harrington and Dr. Yue Li look carefully at the relationship between staffing and COVID-19 spread.  The research findings also address the importance of RN staffing and point out racial disparities in nursing home care.

Harrington and Yi will explain their recent findings and what they tell us about COVID-19, facilities and residents. There will be discussion on how these findings can be applied to consumer advocacy on the state and national level. The importance of additional consumer driven research will be highlighted.

Target Audience:

  • Nursing Home Consumers including families, friends and residents
  • Advocates including ombudsmen, Citizen Group Members, national and state organizations, and concerned individuals
  • Researchers focused on long term care issues and the impact of COVID-19
  • Policy makers concerned about nursing home residents



  • Charlene Harrington, Ph.D., RN is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Nursing, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco. A national expert, Harrington has recently been interviewed for television and newspaper stories about infection control, COVID-19 spread, and staffing.  She is a gerontologist who has been a professor of sociology and nursing at the University of California San Francisco since 1980.  She was elected to the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academies of Medicine.  Her research has included:  designing and managing a model California long term care consumer information system (CalQualityCare.org) website (2002-2016); studying state Medicaid home and community based service programs and policies (1994 to 2016); directing the National Center for Personal Assistance Services at UCSF (2003-2013); assisting with the UCSF Community Living Policy Center funded (2013-2017); and conducting international nursing home research with colleagues in 6 countries (2008-2018).  Her recent research has focused on Nurse Staffing and Coronavirus infections in California nursing homes, corporate ownership and financing of long term care and its negative effect on quality, access, and costs. She is a member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Technical Advisory Committee for the Medicare Nursing Home Compare website, serves on editorial boards, and has written more than 250 articles and books on nursing homes, long term care, health policy and nursing.  She has testified before the US Congress on long term care research and policy, and lectures widely in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Yue Li, PH.D is a professor and health services researcher with major focuses on Medicare policies and quality of hospital and long-term care. His current research includes: 1) Quality and outcome assessment for nursing home, assisted living, and hospital care; 2) Impact of Medicare payment reforms such as bundled payments on health care quality; and 3) disparities in quality of health care. Dr. Li is the Editor-in-Chief of Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology (HSORM, http://www.springer.com/public+health/journal/10742), Director of Health Services Research and Policy (HSR&P) MS/PhD programs at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), and Director of Research, Division of Health Policy and Outcomes Research at the URMC. He was trained in health services and outcomes research, with specific interest in outcome assessment with large datasets. Dr. Li has 20 years of experience with acute, post-acute, and long-term care outcomes and process of care evaluations, has successfully administered and completed multiple NIH and AHRQ funded research projects related to nursing home care, and has published over 125 research studies in leading academic journals. His recent research has been on COVID-19 infections and deaths among Connecticut nursing home residents.


July 17
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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