Webinar Series

 

The WA Cares team regularly hosts webinars on the program and topics related to long-term care. 

 

WA Cares Conversations webinars feature a panel discussion of an issue in long-term care or caregiving, along with a short overview of how WA Cares works and how it relates to the issue.

 

WA Cares Basics webinars focus solely on the program, providing details on contributions,
benefits, exemptions and more.

 

The Employment Security Department (ESD) also hosts employer-focused webinars.

 

All webinars will be recorded. Recordings and webinar materials will be available below after the completion of the webinar.

 

Want to keep up-to-date on upcoming webinars? Sign up for email updates. Can’t join live? Recordings are available on the WA Cares YouTube Channel.

 

Upcoming Webinars

WA Cares Conversations: Caregiving and Brain Health

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2024 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Live captions and ASL interpretation will be available.

Join us for a discussion about the importance of brain health. We’ll cover dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injuries, including how to prevent these conditions and resources for people affected by them. We’ll also provide an overview of the WA Cares Fund and how it will help people who need care and their loved ones in the future.

Panelists: Kristen Maki, WA Cares Fund Community Relations & Outreach Program Manager, DSHS, Lynne Korte, Dementia Care Program-Policy Manager, HCS, Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Maria Anakotta, Care Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association of Washington, Monica Vinson, MS, CCC-SLP, CDP, Mason General Hospital.

WA Cares Basics: What Employers Need to Know

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2024 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Live captions and ASL interpretation will be available.
Panelists: Kristen Maki, WA Cares Fund Community Relations & Outreach Program Manager

2024 Webinar Schedule

Date
Webinar topic
Recording Links & Materials
January 18, 2024
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

WA Cares Basics: What Workers Need to Know

Panelists: Kristen Maki, WA Cares Fund Community Relations & Outreach Program Manager, DSHS, Liz Boot, Leave and Care Customer Care Manager, ESD, Jeff Kendall, Service and Delivery Manager, ESD
February 27, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WA Cares Conversations: Caregiving in Rural Communities

Panelists: Kristen Maki Community Relations & Outreach Program Manager, WA Cares Fund, Kelly Shaw, Rural Health Workforce Director, Office of Rural Health, Department of Health, Lynn Kimball, Executive Director, Aging and Long-Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW), Dani Rice, Independent Provider/Caregiver, Julie Gardner, Workforce Development Long-Term Navigator, Department of Social and Health Services
March 18, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

WA Cares Conversations: Supporting Workers with Disabilities

Panelists: Kristen Maki, WA Cares Fund Community Relations & Outreach Program Manager, Rebekah Moras, Executive Director, Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC), Cesilee Coulson, Executive Director, Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE), Kyle Jones, Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor.
May 7, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WA Cares Conversations: Caregiving for Stroke Survivors

Panelists: Kristen Maki, WA Cares Fund Community Relations & Outreach Program Manager, DSHS, Kelsey Hagstrand, MSN, ARNP-BC, CNS, Comprehensive Stroke Center Nurse Practitioner, Harborview Medical Center | UW Medicine, Sarah Turnbaugh, RN, Nurse Navigator, Harborview Medical Center | UW Medicine, Gurpreet Sandhu, Mph, Heart Disease Stroke Diabetes Prevention Program Manager, Washington State Department of Health, Janice Tadeo, Stroke Survivor.
June 5, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

WA Cares Conversations: Caregiving and Brain Health

Panelists: Kristen Maki, WA Cares Fund Community Relations & Outreach Program Manager, DSHS, Lynne Korte, Dementia Care Program-Policy Manager, HCS, Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Maria Anakotta, Care Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association of Washington, Monica Vinson, MS, CCC-SLP, CDP, Mason General Hospital.
July 17, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

WA Cares Basics: What Employers Need to Know

Panelists: Kristen Maki, WA Cares Fund Community Relations & Outreach Program Manager
August 6, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WA Cares Conversations: Getting Help with Hearing Loss

Panelists: Kristen Maki, WA Cares Fund Community Relations & Outreach Program Manager, DSHS, Berle Ross, Sign Language Interpreter, Contracts and Resources Program Manager, ODHH, Maggie Campbell, Hard of Hearing Consultation and Resources Program Manager, ODHH, Steve Peck, Telecommunications Relay Services, ODHH, Cheri Perazzoli, President, WA State Chapter Hearing Loss Association of America.
September 12, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WA Cares Conversations: Home Safety and Fall Prevention

Panelists:

2023 Webinar Schedule

Date
Webinar topic
Recording Links & Materials
May 4, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Chamber Briefing: How to Prepare for WA Cares

Panelists: Rachel Smith (President & CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce), Ben Veghte (WA Cares Fund Director, DSHS), Alison Eldridge (Transformation Manager, ESD)
July 20, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Paid Leave and WA Cares: Employer webinars

Panelists:
July 27, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Paid Leave and WA Cares: Employer webinars

Panelists:
September 21, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

[In Spanish] WA Cares Basics: What Workers Need to Know

Panelists: Mayra Flores (Customer Service Specialist, Employment Security Department), Maria Mungarro (Assessment & Eligibility Program Manager, Department of Social and Health Services), Ady Ramos (Team Supervisor, Employment Security Department)
September 28, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Updated Reporting Requirements

Panelists: Employment Security Department staff
October 31, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

WA Cares Conversations: Long-Term Care Planning

Panelists: Kristen Maki (WA Cares Fund Community Relations & Outreach Program Manager, DSHS), Anne Moua (HCBS Waiver Program Manager, DSHS), Sharon Daniel (Senior Compliance Analyst, OIC), Mary Mitchell (Director, Aging and Disability Services), Cathy Maccaul (Advocacy Director, AARP Washington)
November 16, 2023
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

WA Cares Conversations: Talking With Loved Ones About Long-Term Care

Panelists: Kristen Maki (WA Cares Fund Community Relations & Outreach Program Manager, DSHS) Christina Marneris (Community Services Manager, Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington), Lynne Korte (Dementia Care Program-Policy Manager, HCS)
November 28, 2023
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

WA Cares Basics: Self Employed Workers

Panelists: Kristen Maki (WA Cares Fund Community Relations & Outreach Program Manager, DSHS) Stephanie Mehan (Leave and Care Employer Reporting Supervisor, ESD) Brent Williams (Leave and Care Employer Reporting Specialist, ESD)
December 14, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Managing WA Cares Exemptions

Panelists: Liz Boot, Leave and Care Customer Care Manager, Employment Security Department & Deb Mason, Leave and Care Customer Care Supervisor, Employment Security Department

2022 Webinar Schedule

Date
Webinar topic
Recording Links & Materials
June 28, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

WA Cares Conversations: Caregiving and the LGBTQ+ Community

Panelists: Hannah Dahlke (Member, LGBTQ+ Seniors of the Inland Northwest), Ruben Rivera-Jackman, (Trainer, National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging), Steven Knipp (Executive Director, GenPride), Janice Emery (Member, NW LGBTQ+ Senior Care Providers Network)
July 19, 2022
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

WA Cares Conversations: The Gender Gap in Caregiving

Panelists: Jessica Gomez-Barrios (Political and Advocacy Coordinator, Service Employees International Union 775), Maggie Humphreys (Washington State MomsForce Director, Moms Rising), Lunell Haught (President, Washington State League of Women Voters)
October 6, 2022
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

WA Cares Conversations: The Next Generation of Caregivers

Panelists: Susan Engels (Office Chief, State Unit on Aging, DSHS), Christine Morris (Office Chief, Training, Communications and Workforce Development, DSHS), Dani Rice (Caregiver)
November 17, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

WA Cares Conversations: Caregiver Mental Health

Panelists: Daryn Nelsen-Soza (Board Member & Senior Education Manager, NAMI Washington), Dana Allard-Webb (Family Caregiver Support Program Manager, DSHS), Adrienne Cotton (MAC & TSOA Program Manager, DSHS), Lynne Korte (Dementia Care Program Policy Manager, Dementia Action Collaborative)