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Changing Talk: Online Training (CHATO) Research Study

University of Kansas Medical Center
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Carissa Coleman


The University of Kansas Medical Center is offering an opportunity for nursing homes to participate in a National Institute on Aging funded research study testing the Changing Talk: Online Training (CHATO). Participants from rural areas are encouraged.

The goal of the training is to increase awareness of the importance of effective communication with older adults and to use evidence-based, person-centered communication during interactions with older adults in nursing homes and other healthcare settings.

The total program is virtual and on-demand. It takes approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete, split into 3 modules and the evaluation portion.


The course is designed for staff in independent and assistive living, nursing homes, and healthcare settings in the community that includes:

  • Registered nurses
  • Nursing assistants
  • Nursing home dieticians
  • Direct care professionals
  • Other administrative and support employees
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

There is no cost for participation. Direct-care staff can earn 3 contact hours, and all staff receive a certificate of completion.

Application process

Complete the interest form on the program website to express interest in the training and research.

Tagged as
Aging and aging-related services · Elderly population · Evaluation methods and resources · Health aides and assistants · Health workforce education and training · Long-term care · Nurses · Research methods and resources

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