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Aging in America 2014 National Summit


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2014 ASA Diversity Summit
Investing in the Future of Professionals in Aging: A Call to Action

Saturday, March 15 | 9:00 am–12:30 pm

Sponsored by Care 1st Health Plan.

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No fee. Pre-registration is required.

Under the Affordable Care Act, a far greater number, and more diverse cohort, of older adults will receive care and services as outpatients and they will be expected to engage in self-management care in their homes instead of on hospital campuses. Non-insured, impoverished and immigrant elders may not qualify for hospital-based services and thus fall through the healthcare insurance cracks, relying on home self-care.

Hospital-employed professionals are trained in instructing patients on their course of care prior to discharge. So, in the future, more community-based professionals will need to assume the care and support roles in managing chronic diseases and disabilities. They will need specific training to assume these
additional responsibilities.

What has been done to educate and train community-based professionals who touch the lives of older adults? Furthermore, what are the educational challenges to preparing these professionals to support culturally and ethnically diverse older adults?

This program will consider the Affordable Care Act provisions’ influence on delivery of care and what training is needed to prepare the nation’s professionals to motivate older adults to engage in successful care management practices and avoid hospital admissions or readmissions. It also will explore ways to enhance the skills of community professionals to ensure their approach, guidance, advice and work with older adults are culturally relevant and ethnically appropriate to diverse populations.

Louis Colbert


Louis Colbert, MSW, Vice President of Operations, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and Chair, ASA Board


Michael Adams, JD, Executive Director, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, President and CEO, American Geriatrics Society
Kathy Greenlee, JD, Administrator, Administration for Community Living/Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Administration on Aging
Percil Stanford, PhD, President, Folding Voice
Jeanette Takamura, PhD, Dean and Professor, School of Social Work, Columbia University
John Thompson, PhD, Executive Director, District of Columbia Office on Aging
Fernando Torres-Gil, PhD, Professor, UCLA School of Public Affairs
Laura Trejo, MPA, General Manager, City of Los Angeles Department on Aging
William A. Vega, PhD, Provost Professor, Executive Director, Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, University of Southern California
Valentine Villa, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, Director, Applied Gerontology Institute, California State University, Los Angeles, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, UCLA

Michael Adams

Jennie Chin Hansen

Kathy Greenlee

Percil Stanford

Jeanette Takamura

John Thompson

Fernando Torres-Gil

Laura Trejo

William A. Vega

Valentine Villa



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