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Aging in America 2015 National Forum


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National Forum on Social and Health Disparities in Aging

Friday, March 27 | 9:00 am–12:30 pm

Sponsored by Cigna Health Spring

This program is included with Aging in America Conference registration. Pre-registration is required. Includes coffee.

Those not attending Aging in America can attend the full-day program for $80/ASA Member and $100/Non-member.

Click here to sign up for this event when you register for Aging in America or to add this event to your existing registration.

The commitment to assure social and health equity has been longstanding as a general principle among the vast majority of professionals who work on behalf of older Americans. Over the last several years, the enactment of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act (ACA) finally ushered the U.S. into the company of developed nations that offer health security to their citizens through national health programs. This National Forum will focus on ACA’s impact on the diverse population of Medicare and dual eligibles. Many of the policies that are being implemented impact the current reimbursement and payment model for hospitals, health systems and managed care organizations (MCOs). ACA policies provide financial incentives to reward hospitals and MCOs that can improve health outcomes and reduce unnecessary expenditures. The mandates for delivering improved health outcomes do not take into account the social and health disparities that exist within a community. As a result, health systems and MCOs that wish to meet the requirements of the ACA are looking for new and innovative ways to address health disparities to achieve the aims of the ACA.

Topics include:

  • Setting the Stage: Social and Health Disparities
  • Perspectives From Gender and Sexual Orientation
  • Perspectives From the African-American, Asian, Hispanic and Native-American Communities
  • Closing the Disparity Gap: Need for an Integrated Policy, Research and Programs Response


Colette Browne, DrPH, Professor & Chair, Principal Investigator, Ha Kupuna National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Louis Colbert, MSW, LSW, Vice President of Operations,
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Nancy Hooyman, PhD, Professor of Gerontology and Dean Emeritus, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Martha Pelaez, PhD, Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative Director, Health Foundation of South Florida

Jeanette Takamura, MSW, PhD, Dean and Professor, School of Social Work, Columbia University

Willy Valencia-Rodrigo, MD, Internal and Geriatric Medicine, Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System

Steven Wallace, PhD, Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Darlene Yee-Melichar, EdD, Professor of Gerontology, San Francisco State University


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