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Kidest Babi, NP

Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
LAC+USC Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

What drew you to the field of aging or gerontology?
I worked as a caregiver taking care of an 80-year-old lady while going to undergraduate nursing school. The experience led me to pursue the field of aging. I have not been disappointed. It is a field that is demanding in terms of time and resources, due to the chronic nature of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes etc. The demand for geriatric healthcare providers is enormous because of the growing aging population.

What is your specialty or area of interest?
My specialty area is healthcare dealing with chronic health management such as: Diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive lung disease, etc.—in both in-patient and out-patient settings. I am a geriatric nurse practitioner in one of the largest county facilities in the country, LAC+USC Medical Center. There are more than 1 million patients who receive care in out-patient clinics at LAC+USC. My area of interest includes healthcare distribution, global health, healthcare policy, and global aging.

How do ASA’s resources and education help you with your work?
I am a 2009 graduate of the New Ventures in Leadership program through ASA. The program was an enlightening experience for me. I am still linked with my mentor from the NVL program, who is a great leader in the field of aging. The ASA conferences are wonderful learning experiences that provide teachings from experts on relevant topics. They offer great networking opportunities with leaders in the aging field. I have been able to gain knowledge about healthcare reform and specific policies affecting the increasing aging population.

How has your volunteer experience with ASA helped you grow as a leader?
I am mentoring various graduate nursing students in a clinical setting, and helping them with their professional development, too. By teaching, I continue to learn as well. It has also been a rewarding experience personally getting to know the next generation of healthcare providers. To who so much is given, more is expected. Click to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

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