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Conference Session 4: Oregon’s Response to COVID-19 and Older Adults in Licensed Settings
Friday, October 23, 2020, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Category: Conferences

Oregon’s Response to COVID-19 and Older Adults in Licensed Settings


  • Jack Honey, Manager, Safety, Oversight & Quality, Aging and People with Disabilities, Oregon Department of Human Services 
  • Fred Steele, Director, Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman 
  • Kimberly Fuson, Chief Executive Officer, Cedar Sinai Park, Portland, Oregon


Approximately 30,000 Oregonians live in licensed long-term care settings, including nursing facilities, residential care and assisted living facilities, and adult foster homes. This session will offer multiple viewpoints related to the challenges and opportunities those living and working in these settings have faced during the pandemic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to discuss the actions DHS has taken to support facilities while balancing residents’ safety with quality of life.
  • Participants will be able to discuss how the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman has shifted operations to continue advocating for residents during the pandemic and with limited visitation allowed.
  • Participants will be able to describe several of the challenges licensed long-term care facilities have faced as a result of COVID-19 and how they have dealt with those challenges.

Session Facilitator: Ann McQueen

This session has been approved for 2 CME credits (AMA PRE Category 1) and 2 AFH training credits.

This is the fourth of five sessions of OGA's 2020 virtual conference. You can register for individual sessions or, at a discount, for the entire conference series. For an overview or all sessions, please visit the conference page.

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Jack Honey served as the Deputy Administrator of the Safety, Oversight and Quality Unit (SOQ) within the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), Aging and People with Disabilities Program until stepping into the role of Administrator in July 2019. SOQ is responsible for the licensing, safety, and regulatory oversight of Oregon’s licensed Long-Term Care facilities, including Adult Foster Homes, Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living and Residential Care, including endorsed Memory Care communities.

Jack has worked in Long-Term Care support and advocacy since earning his Bachelor’s degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies, and subsequently a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration. Prior to working with DHS, Jack served as a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Assisted Living Administrator, as well as in non-profit senior and long-term care support services.

Fred Steele was appointed by Governor Kate Brown in September 2015 to be Oregon's Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Agency Director of the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman. The agency programs include the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, the Residential Facilities Ombudsman, and the Oregon Public Guardian and Conservator.

Fred graduated from Willamette University College of Law with a J.D. and a Certificate in Law and Government, from Portland State University with a Master’s in Public Health (M.P.H.) and a focus on Health Administration and Policy, and from University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s in Arts and Science. He has been an active member of the Oregon State Bar since 2008.

Kimberly Fuson's passion for culture change and social justice to assure access to comprehensive, quality and affordable healthcare commenced in 1990 when she discovered her secret identity as a change agent. Her guises include: Social Worker, Private Case Manager, Guardian Ad-litem, Administrator, Chief Program Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director, and now, Chief Executive Officer at Cedar Sinai Park.

Kimberly practices knowing each person served and serving and secures results through organizational development based on person-centered, servant leadership, generative governance, mutual accountability, responsibility, inspiration, creativity, kindness, motivation, self-reflection, independence, honesty, trust.....and commitment to fun.

When not culture changing, Kimberly enjoys traveling the world with family and friends and it is her secret goal to immerse herself in every ocean and sea on the planet.

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