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October 24, 2023

8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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The 23rd

Annual Case Management Conference

will take place on October 24, 2023,

online via Zoom.

Registered nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals attending this 100% virtual event will actively engage with a carefully selected team of experts to enhance care coordination and case management skills necessary to advocate our clients, our professional and personal selves, and our communities…you, me, and us.


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College of Nursing

School of Social Work

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Topics include

  1. Understanding Mindfulness Through Cognition and Applying Mindfulness for Improved Patient and Self-Care
  2. Nutrition: New Approaches to Chronic Illness and Self-Care
  3. Ending Elder Abuse: Identifying, Responding to, and Preventing Older Adult Maltreatment
  4. Implicit Bias: What is Restorative Justice? (provides 1.0 contact hour* of Michigan Implicit Bias CE content)
  5. Blind Spots and Bias in Pain Control (provides 1.0 contact hour* towards Michigan Implicit Bias & Pain CE content)

*Contact hours and agenda subject to change

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Upon completion of this conference, the participant will:

  • Discuss the neurocognitive basis for mindfulness and how to apply concepts to personal self-care practice.
  • Apply principles of nutrition to improve chronic illness and personal self-care.
  • Discuss elder abuse and neglect and apply community resource frameworks to care interventions.
  • Analyze historical causes of bias and current restorative justice practices to facilitate change in healthcare settings. 
  • Identify systemic, historic and current barriers in pain management from a bias awareness perspective.


This conference is designed to meet the continuing education needs of registered nurses, licensed social workers, case managers, and other healthcare professionals interested in case management and transitions of care across a variety of healthcare settings. Michigan nurses and licensed social workers in all specialties whose responsibilities include transitions of care will benefit from this experience.


(Per Individual)

Early Bird Registration (by August 31)

Regular Registration (after August 31)

Early Group (4 or more) (by August 31)

Regular Group (4 or more) (after August 31)

Henry Ford Health System Employees

MSU Employees


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Go to to register online and make your payment by credit card or PayPal.

The registration fee includes attendance for the entire day and access to conference materials. A $25 service fee will be retained on all refunds. To request a refund, email with your request. Please include your registration/ticket number.

No refunds will be made after Monday, September 24, 2023. Tickets may be transferred.

After capacity is reached, registration will be suspended. This is a popular conference, accepting registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register early to ensure your virtual seat!

Continuing Education (CE): CNE/CCM/SWCE. Partial credit may be given for continuing education if a participant is unable to attend all sessions. No refund is given for sessions not attended at the virtual conference.

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Jason Moser, PhD

Jason Moser, PhD

Kelly Gemmel, RDN, CLT

Bethany Duyser, DNP, ​RN, AGPCNP-BC

Krista Walker, PhD

Ashley Meyers,



Conference Agenda

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8:45 – 9:00

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10:00 – 10:05

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11:05 – 11:20 ​11:20 – 12:20

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12:20 – 1:00  ​1:00 – 2:00 

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2:00 – 2:15  ​2:15 – 3:15 

1 contact hour

3:15 – 4:15 

1 contact hour

4:15 – 4:30

0.25 contact hours ​for nurses

Welcome and overview

Understanding Mindfulness Through ​Cognition

Transition & stretch break

Applying Mindfulness for Improved Patient ​and Self-Care  


Nutrition: New Approaches to Chronic

Illness and Self-Care 


Ending Elder Abuse: Identifying, Responding to, ​and Preventing Older Adult Maltreatment


Implicit Bias: What is Restorative Justice?

Blind Spots and Bias in Pain Control


*Contact hours and agenda subject to change

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Jason Moser, PhD

Dr. Jason Moser received his BA in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware. Dr. Moser’s work lies at the intersection of clinical, cognitive neuroscience, social-personality, and developmental research. Prior to arriving at MSU as an assistant professor and director of the MSU Clinical Psychophysiology Lab (CPL), Dr. Moser completed a one-year clinical internship at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology where he received training in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military veterans. Dr. Moser’s previous clinical training was at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety.


Session 1: Understanding Mindfulness Through Cognition

Session 2: Applying Mindfulness for Improved Patient and Self-Care

The first session of the conference will provide a foundation for the science of mindfulness from a neuroscience and cognition framework. Then, in the second session, participants will apply this knowledge to mindfulness practices that better assist their patients and themselves to use evidence-based self-care techniques. Participants will leave with an improved understanding of the origins and effects of mindfulness in the brain and body and will be inspired to add mindfulness to personal self-care practices.

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Kelly Gemmel, RDN, CLT

Kelly is a Registered Dietitian and Certified LEAP Therapist who specializes in gut health and identifying and treating food sensitivities and food-triggered inflammatory conditions such as migraines, IBS, and fibromyalgia. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Michigan State University in 2000, completed a dietetic internship through Loyola University Chicago in 2001, and became a Registered Dietitian in 2002. Kelly has completed coursework through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Functional Medicine Certification Program (IFMCP) to develop advanced competencies in the treatment of patients with complex, chronic disease using the functional medicine model of healthcare. Kelly spent seven years working in Chicago in a variety of clinical areas at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC). In her last two years at UCMC, she managed the Center for the Surgical Treatment of Obesity. In 2012, she founded Innovative Health, LLC, and has been in private practice since 2013.


Session 3: Nutrition: New Approaches to Chronic Illness and Self-Care

New to functional medicine and gut health? Learn how the foods you eat can reduce and heal inflammatory conditions that can be caused or triggered by diet and lifestyle. Participants will review the links between medications, chronic illness, and overall health. This session will conclude with a review of specific diet and nutrition recommendations and lifestyle practices for optimal health and well-being for the general population.

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Bethany Duyser, DNP, RN,


Bethany is a registered nurse and adult-gerontological primary care nurse practitioner. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow with MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and the Infection Control and Refresher Training (IMPART) Alliance addressing competency-based training for direct care workers (DCW) providing long-term support and services for older adults and the interdisciplinary healthcare implications of a robust DCW workforce. Bethany’s experience with elder abuse includes joining the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition (a multidisciplinary team for elder abuse) during her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) research program.


Session 4: Ending Elder Abuse: Identifying, Responding to, and Preventing Older Adult Maltreatment

Elder abuse is an intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult. Contact with the elderly community, either personal or professional, is an opportunity to spot the signs of elder abuse and mobilize community resources for timely intervention. But where to start?

This session will review the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and will dive into community-based organizations that all direct care workers can access, recommend, and share.

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Krista Walker, PhD

Dr. Krista L. Walker, Assistant Dean of College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Michigan State University College of Nursing currently works with students, staff, and faculty on the pathway to practice enhancing inclusive excellence efforts college-wide. She seeks to further build relationships with community partners to demonstrate the college’s commitment to the development of nurses that provide quality, equitable, and inclusive care. Prior to her transition to Michigan State University, Dr. Walker led the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. Walker continues to be a staunch advocate for transformative change that uproots structures and systems of oppression that have historically marginalized underserved populations with an emphasis on healthcare. Originally a native of Muncie, Indiana, Dr. Walker holds a BA in psychology from Purdue University, an MA in Urban Studies from Queens College, City University of New York, an MS in Special Education from Long Island University, Brooklyn, and a PhD in Education Policy and Leadership Studies from the University of Iowa.


Session 5: Implicit Bias: What is Restorative Justice?

Implicit bias stems from a long history of racism and marginalization of specific communities that include people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. Understanding past bias and its destructive impact in systems, including healthcare, can start to not only reduce bias but begin to repair the damage of bias through taking deliberate restorative justice actions. New to restorative justice? This session is for you! Participants will gain insight and inspiration to take the next steps beyond recognizing bias to create action that changes our systems!

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Ashley Meyers, BSN, RN,


Ashley Meyers knew from an early age that she wanted to work in the healthcare field. Frequent trips to work with her grandmother at McLaren Greater Lansing gave Meyers a real taste of what working in a hospital setting was like. Meyers works with the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) and is the principal investigator of a research study titled, “Risk Stratification for Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression.” Meyers is also the President of the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Society for Pain Management Nurses. She is credited with providing the spark that led to the founding of a 24/7 drug drop off at Sparrow Hospital when she had difficulty disposing of her grandparent’s expired medication. Drug drops are now available at several locations throughout the state of Michigan.


Session 6: Blind Spots and Bias in Pain Control

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

-Martin Luther King Jr. to the Medical Committee for Human Rights 57 years ago in Chicago, 1966.

Bias in healthcare has led to differences in healthcare interactions including less aggressive prescribing of pain medication and intervention. Participants in this session will compare potentially stigmatizing language versus preferred language from the patient’s perspective and understand how both implicit and explicit bias continue to have impact in pain intervention methods. Learners will take away examples of what all practitioners can and need to do to recognize and mitigate differences in pain control.

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Nursing: 6.25 continuing education (CE) & continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours

Michigan State University College of Nursing is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

No one with the ability to control the content of this activity has any relevant financial relationship(s) with an ineligible company to disclose. There are no commercial interests to disclose.

Criteria for successful completion of this continuing education are registration for the event, signing into the webinar, attestation of participation in conference sessions, and completion/submission of an electronic evaluation survey.

Social Work: 6 continuing education contact hours

Michigan State University School of Social Work, an accredited social work education program, is authorized by the Michigan Licensure Law Administrative Rule 338.2965 to award Michigan social work continuing education contact hours. We are also an approved Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative Provider (provider #0001) for all programs through August 2024, renewed annually. Criteria for successful completion includes attendance of the full conference, following an online verification of attendance and submission of a completed online evaluation. For ADA requests and for questions regarding the continuing education portion of your day, please contact or (517) 353-3060.

Pain CE contact hours for Nursing and Social Work:

Please note that the Blind Spots and Bias in Pain Control session will provide 1.0 contact hour for pain and pain symptom management. (Pharmacotherapeutic content, relevant for advanced practice nursing, will not be provided.) CE certificates will include pain CE content completion information.

Implicit Bias CE contact hours for Healthcare Providers:

The Blind Spots and Bias in Pain Control and Implicit Bias: What is Restorative Justice? sessions will each provide 1.0 contact hour (total of 2.0 implicit bias contact hours) that meets the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) content requirement for implicit bias training. CE certificates will include implicit bias CE content completion information.

Commission for Case Management (CCM) contact hours: Contact hours for continuing education are pending through the Commission for Case Management Certification.

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Michigan State University College of Nursing

Larissa Miller, PhD, RN, BC-NPD, CNE, CNS (Co-Chair)

Adrianne Wilkerson, DNP, RN, FNP-BC (Co-Chair)

Michigan State University School of Social Work

Gina Tremonti Gembel, MSW

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Institute for Healthcare Policy

Debra Darling, BSN, RN

Christine Karl, BA, RN

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

Suzette Burkitt-Wesolek, BSN, RN

McLaren Medical Group

Michele Milam, BSN, RN, CCM

Faith Community Nursing/Parish Nursing

Deaconess Christie Hansard, RN

Tri-County Office on Aging

Judy Wernert, BSN, RN

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this EVENT was made possible BY

College of Nursing

School of Social Work