Indy Regional Programs

ISDH & University of Indianapolis

Expressive Arts in Long Term Care

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC) has been contracted by the Indiana State Department of Health to design, implement, and coordinate a project that will improve the quality of life of older adults living in long term care facilities through the use of the arts. 

The Expressive Arts in Long Term Care project will educate long term care professionals in best practices for using visual art, dance, drama, music, writing/memoir in individual and group settings for residents living in long term care facilities. Activity directors, social workers, administrators will all benefit from this training. CEUs are available for social workers and administrators; CEUs for activity directors are in process.

As this training is funded by CMP funds, it is ONLY open to SNFs. Assisted Livings on the same campus as a SNF can participate, but free-standing ALs are ineligible.

CAC will host a total of six training workshops around the state, each four days in length. Faculty for the Expressive Arts in Long Term Care project include:
•    Visual Art: Sarah Tirey, BFA, Associate Adjunct Faculty of Art & Design, University of Indianapolis
•    Dance: Heidi Fledderjohn, MA, BC-DMT, RYT, Dance/Movement Therapist, Facilitator and Teacher, Know Wonder, St. Vincent Health, Still Waters Adult Day Center
•    Drama: Sally Bailey, MFA, MSW, RDT/BCT, Professor of Theater and Gerontology and Director of the Drama Therapy, Kansas State University
•    Music: Rebecca Sorley, DA, Professor of Music, Director of Student Support, and Coordinator of the Music Business Concentration, University of Indianapolis
•    Writing and Memoir: Katharine Houpt, MAAT, ATR, LCPC, Director of an expressive arts therapy program at a nursing facility in Illinois

The 2017 workshop schedule:

Fort Wayne   May 15-17 and 31
Merrillville    June 5-7 and 27
Columbus   August 7-9, 29 
Evansville  October 9-11, 24
Indianapolis    October 30-November 1 and 21

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $100
Long term care professionals interested in registering may do so at

Each workshop is limited to 50 participants. There will also be two “train-the-trainer” workshops, two-day sessions developed to ensure sustainability for the teaching of expressive arts beyond the scope of this project. 

For more information, please contact Kayleigh Allen, Project Coordinator, at (317) 791-5934 or


CAC & ISDH announce 7 collaboratives for improving quality in Indiana long term care The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC) have named seven regional collaborative groups to receive funding for the purpose of improving the quality of care in Indiana long term care facilities. There is NO COST for facilities participating in the collaborative.

A total of $190,000 was provided across 7 regions by ISDH through the Regional Healthcare Quality Improvement Collaborative grant. Lead organizations in each region will bring together a collaborative of at least 20 nursing facilities and other stakeholders in their area to complete two quality improvement projects in the participating nursing facilities.  One project will focus on infection prevention and one will focus on an area of need identified by the collaborative members.  Both projects will follow the CMS Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) model. CAC will provide overall management and technical assistance to each collaborative to ensure success.  

The grantees, their lead organizations and the Indiana counties served are listed in the table below.

Collaborative Lead Organization Counties Served Contact
North Central Indiana Quality Improvement Collaborative REAL Services, Inc. LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall, Kosciusko Brandyn Blosser
Community Care Connections Reid Hospital and Health Care Services Henry, Randolph, Wayne, Fayette, Union Billie Kester
East Central Indiana Collaborative LifeStream Services Wabash, Grant, Blackford, Jay, Madison, Delaware, Henry, Randolph Jenny Hamilton
Quality Improvement Collaborative of NE Indiana (QICNE) Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana, Inc. LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, DeKalb, Whitley, Allen, Huntington, Wells, Adams Emily Baransy
Southwestern Indiana Collaborative for Performance Improvement Gibson General Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility Know, Gibson, Pike, Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick Brian Bailey
Southern Indiana Regional Collaborative Indiana University  School of Public Health
Owen, Monroe, Greene, Lawrence, Orange Katie Johnson
Central Indiana Regional Collaborative CICOA Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby Donata Barnes



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