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Vision 2025: Focused on Expanding the Workforce

Safeguarding the overall health of the seniors housing and care industry well into the future is a well-publicized initiative. Nowhere is that more on display than the upcoming Vision 2025 event to be held in Chicago June 19-20. This event will host over 30 colleges and universities, more than 35 seniors housing and care operating companies and key trade associations and strategic partners within the industry. The goal of the event is to ensure the health and continuity of the industry through the identification (and development) of at least 25 robust university and college programs. 

Vision 2025 is being sponsored by NIC, American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA), American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), American Senior Housing Association (ASHA), Argentum, LeadingAge, the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards Foundation (NAB Foundation) and Ziegler.  

The content at the event will be robust and thought-provoking. Representatives from universities will provide an overview of the programs in existence today and their successes. They will also provide insights around opportunities that enhance partnerships between the industry and academia, as well as challenges faced over the course of developing their programs and partnerships. Attendees will also hear from key trade associations and operating companies about the business case for expanding university programs focused on seniors housing, care, and aging services. Several trade associations within the industry are deeply involved in efforts to expand the workforce and are already working closely with several of the universities in attendance. These efforts will be discussed throughout the day in panels and forums. Finally, the symposium will offer opportunities for attendees to interact in very purposeful, facilitated discussions focused on key priorities and next steps. 

Vision 2025 will be the first of its kind in the industry at a time when collaboration, passion, and action centered on expanding the workforce are of utmost importance. Getting this many key influencers and participants to rally around this single issue at one event is a monumental effort and all involved should be commended. The thoughts and ideas shared as a result of the event will surely move the seniors housing and care industry forward. 

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