EAGLE Summer 2020 Newsletter
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 In This Issue
UMA Chair's Message
EAGLE Seeks New Director to Grow EAGLE Team
COVID-19 and UMA's Coordination of PPE
EAGLE Director's Message
Commission News
The Path to EAGLE
Peer Reviewer News
Member News
National Immunization Awareness Month
Calendar of Events
Choosing Hope

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference."

Steve Fetyko
Steve Fetyko
UMA Board of Directors
For me, the serenity prayer above is a reminder that during this pandemic, while it may feel like what is happening is outside my control, I can focus on what I can take action on and what I can make a difference on. It is now almost 5 months since all our lives, and the lives of those we serve, have been turned upside down. As we weather all the challenges that the coronavirus has brought us, UMA members share a common foundation from which to build toward our next normal. Together, we have leaned heavily on our faith and our faith-based values. In the face of complex, costly and changing regulations and requirements related to COVID-19, we gain clarity and motivation from our faith-based values. We are grounded in our conviction and commitment to provide the safest and most caring environment possible for those we serve... read more.

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EAGLE Seeks New Director to Grow EAGLE Team

UMA is seeking a Director of EAGLE Accreditation. Current Director of EAGLE, Jill Myers, who has served in her position for the past two years through an innovative leasing agreement with The Methodist Home, will continue to serve the EAGLE Accreditation Program in a consulting and coaching role with special projects and as a lead peer reviewer.

Qualified applicants should apply to careers@ouruma.org.
The deadline for applications is Monday, August 17th.

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COVID-19 and UMA's Coordination of PPE

Your UMA continues to work for you as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. UMA's collaboration with a group of Jewish agencies including the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS), Jewish child and family services, and support from the Jewish Federations of North America, has allowed for the coordination and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to UMA members.

Click here to access the private cooperative purchasing site.
    "EAGLE drives us towards
service excellence and we
have been challenged
to figure out how to provide service excellence during this pandemic."

- UMA Member Survey

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Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize . . .

Philippians 3:14, NIV: "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

Jill Myers
Jill Myers
Director of EAGLE Accreditation
So many of us have been challenged in our organizations to pause, reconfigure, recalculate, and resume to conduct business in ways we have never imagined in our lifetime. Oh, how things were different from a look back to January - a new year and anticipations for the future. I would consider nothing is the same for any of us personally and professionally. Now we can hardly imagine life before. Forgetting what lies behind us and leaning forward is what God asks of us. We must put our trust in him.

Many organizations are beginning and continuing their accreditation journey with no clear certainty of what may lie ahead. These organizations have embraced the idea of completing the journey they are on; to finish the race; to not look back; and continue on to the prize of accreditation. The demonstration of this pressing "onward to perfection" is what defines faith-based organizations and sets them apart.

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Commission News

Welcome New Commissioners
We would like to welcome three new commissioners this summer. They represent long term EAGLE Accredited organizations:

Sheila Bundy
Director of Healthcare Services
Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Center, Meadville, PA

Nicole Smith
Executive Director of Maryland and DC Programs
Board of Child Care, Baltimore, MD

Andrew Allen
Director of Culinary Services
Otterbein SeniorLife, Lebanon, OH

EAGLE Accreditation Reviews Go Virtual for 2020
Out of an abundance of caution and in response to changing conditions in states and facilities, all EAGLE accreditation site visits will be virtual through the end of the year. The EAGLE and UMA team will work to support organizations with this new approach and use of the Zoom platform. Despite the dramatic changes that organizations have had to make during the past three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most organizations have opted to continue with their accreditation schedule as planned. The 2020 calendar remains full of EAGLE accreditation self-studies and site visits.

Commission Approves Key Changes to Principle 1: Christian Mission and Church Relationship
The Connectional Relationship standard will continue as a part of the Principle 1: Christian Mission and Church Relationship, but will no longer be essential under changes approved by the Commission during its August 6th meeting. Principle 1.4 that requires the formal documentation of the denominational sponsor or connectional unit relationship is no longer a "required element". The change, comes following a recommendation from the Spiritual Task Force, which met twice this summer to consider changes to the components of the holistic care principles while working to ensure the continued integrity of the principles... read more.

Best Wishes to Past EAGLE Commissioner
UMA and EAGLE wish to extend our best wishes to Rev. Edie DeVilbiss former Pastoral Care Director of Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services on her retirement.

Rev. Edie DeVilbiss
Rev. Edie DeVilbiss
LUMFS Tribute

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The Path to EAGLE

Register for the Innovations Summit Keynote Speaker, Jack Uldrich    Register for the Innovations Summit Education Sessions

Registration for the Innovations Summit is now open. The summit will be held October 14, 15 and 16. This VIRTUAL event is targeted to C-suite executives and senior management, as well as other professionals engaged in the non-profit industry in housing, healthcare, and human services to children, youth, families, older adults, and persons with developmental disabilities.

- Save the date -

UMA 2021 Annual Meeting
2021 UMA Annual Meeting
April 27-29
Frasier, Boulder, CO

For more details, please visit our website.

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Peer Reviewer News

Virtual Reviewer Opportunities for 2020 and 2021
Virtual reviews offer an advantageous way for more peers to participate in a site visit without the need for travel. If interested, please contact Jill Myers (jmyers@ouruma.org) for more information.

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UMA EAGLE Information Survey Results
Earlier this summer, UMA surveyed all members including a series of EAGLE-related questions.

What are your reasons for seeking or retaining EAGLE Accreditation?

"We anticipate (EAGLE) may help us in the new normal as part of a value proposition of being committed to quality and excellence."

"EAGLE ensured we developed crisis management/infectious control/risk management plans."

"Our Pandemic and Influenza Plan was originally developed in preparation for our Eagle accreditation."

* Quotes provided by EAGLE Accredited organizations from the UMA Member Survey.

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National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness month, an opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines to protect against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia. It is a great time to remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay current on their vaccinations. Below is information from the CDC and the Medicare Learning Network to share with others in your community.

The CDC has a variety of resources to assist in communicating to healthcare professionals, parents, and patients about immunization during August and throughout the year. They have produced toolkits for reaching parents and patients, a toolkit for reaching healthcare professionals, a #HowIRecommend video series for providers, an interactive vaccine guide and an adult vaccine assessment tool. The CDC also provides sample graphics and newsletter text that can be used.

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August 12 Human Resource Network Call
   - Attracting Compassionate Talent: What's Your Strategy?
September 3 Development Network Call
September 9 Human Resources Network Call
October 14 - 16 Innovations Summit
   - October 14: Innovations Keynote Speaker, Jack Uldrich
   - October 15 - 16: Innovations Summit Education Sessions
April 27 - 29 Annual Meeting

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