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  • Contains 2 Product(s)

    Learning Objectives: By the end of the webinar series, attendees will be able to: 1. Describe the role of physical therapy in older adult health and wellness 2. Identify older adults who could benefit from working with a physical therapist 3. Discuss ways and strategies senior centers and community-based organizations can connect with physical therapists in the local community 4. Describe the benefits of collaborating with physical therapy for senior centers and community-based organizations 5. Describe effective ways to partner with physical therapists to improve older adult health and wellness programming and services 6. Discuss potential barriers to meaningful partnership and strategies to overcome them

    May 31st webinar: The Role of Physical Therapy in Older Adult Health & Wellness

    Did you ever wonder what physical therapists do? Or if they could help an older adult who recently stopped going to your exercise classes and started using a cane? And if they could help, where do you find a physical therapist and who would pay for the service? This 30-minute webinar will describe the role of physical therapy in older adult health and wellness and how senior centers and other community-based organizations can partner with physical therapists to improve their programs and services.

    October 18th webinar: Strategies to Build Partnerships with Physical Therapists

    Everyone wins, especially older adults when community-based organizations and physical therapists collaborate to build a continuum of health and wellness. This 30-minute webinar will describe the benefits of this collaboration from the perspective of senior center staff and physical therapists. A step-by-step process for community-based organizations to identify and engage with physical therapists in their community will be discussed and potential barriers will be identified and addressed. After this webinar, you will know how to start the right conversation with the right physical therapist to build your community-clinical bridge.




  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/09/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Join this webinar to hear discussion among a panel of experts on the value of community-based organization engagement with local Health Information Exchanges (HIE). Speakers will discuss the functions of health information exchange, policies that impact community-based organization’s engagement with HIEs, and successful examples of connections.

    Join this webinar to hear discussion among a panel of experts on the value of community-based organization engagement with local Health Information Exchanges (HIE). These state-based data management systems offer opportunities for community-based organizations to connect with state health care organizations to share data that is representative of whole person care management practices. Access to this data management system can be a support for community-based organization’s health care contracting opportunities and more. Speakers will discuss the functions of  health information exchange, policies that impact community-based organization’s engagement with HIEs, and successful examples of connections.

    Sharon Williams

    Consultant

    Williams Jaxon Consulting

    Sharon R. Williams is the founder and CEO of Williams Jaxon, Consulting, LLC, a business development and training firm focused on support for community organizations, government agencies and health organizations serving Medicare/Medicare consumers. Sharon’s experience includes executive leadership in both the traditional health care and the Home and Community Based Services industries.  She is a seasoned and results oriented executive with a passion for the delivery of high quality, culturally competent, comprehensive and cost effective health care services for publicly funded consumers. Sharon was CEO at CareSource Michigan, a top 100 ranked health plan with Medicaid and Medicare product lines.  Additional leadership experiences include Vice President roles at Coventry, Amerigroup and OmniCare.  She has also served as COO for one of the nation’s leading Area Agencies on Aging.

    Lisa Nicolaou

    Program Director for Social Determinants of Health

    Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services

    Laurie Pferr

    Consultant

    Pferr Consulting

    Leigh Ann Eagle

    Executive Director

    Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence - MAC, Inc.


    Leigh Ann Eagle, BS, is Chief Operating Officer of the Living Well Center of Excellence (LWCE), which utilizes the financial management structure within MAC, INC – an Area Agency on Aging. Currently, she oversees all aspects of program development and design, grant application and management, including the state of-the-art gym designed for older adults and adults with disabilities. Ms. Eagle has worked closely with the Maryland Department of Aging and the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, on programming for Chronic Disease Self-Management. Under Leigh Ann's leadership, the Center connects healthcare organizations with the AAAs and community resources throughout the state to coordinate evidence-based programs. She participated in the National Council on Aging Community Integrated Health Collaborative and is a member of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Health IT Learning Collaborative.

    Sue Lachenmayr

    State Program Coordinator

    MAC, Inc. Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence

    Sue Lachenmayr, MPH, CHES, is the State Program Coordinator for Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence-MAC, Inc. She has 25 years of knowledge and expertise in training, implementing, evaluating and sustaining evidence-based healthy aging/self-management programs. She establishes partnerships between healthcare entities and community-based organizations to expand access and sustainability of these programs across the State of Maryland.  Previously, she served as Senior Director of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) Center for Healthy Aging Technical Assistance Center. Prior to that, Sue oversaw evidence-based program implementation across New Jersey for the Department of Health and Senior Services.

  • Contains 8 Product(s)

    The NISC Leadership Collaborative is intended to create a cohesive national senior center network organized to participate in a collaborative learning environment to share best practices, national initiatives, strategies and resources to spur innovation and to identify national senior center leaders.

    “Meeting by Invitation Only”

    The NISC Leadership Collaborative is intended to create a cohesive national senior center network organized to participate in a collaborative learning environment to share best  practices,  national  initiatives,  strategies  and  resources  to  spur innovation  and  to identify  national  senior  center  leaders. This  initiative  welcomes  appointed  state association  leaders,  network  leaders,  and  leaders  of  NISC  accredited  centers  as members of the collaborative.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/27/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Hear from your peers who have engaged with their local stakeholders and decision makers during Falls Prevention Awareness Week to leverage change on a local level to support all older adults reduce and prevent falls. Best practices and strategies will be shared to help you in your advocacy efforts.

    Hear from your peers who have engaged with their local stakeholders and decision makers during Falls Prevention Awareness Week to leverage change on a local level to support all older adults reduce and prevent falls. Best practices and strategies will be shared to help you in your advocacy efforts.

  • Contains 29 Product(s)

    Monthly "grand rounds" webinars discuss best practices and strategies for offering programs remotely.

    Monthly "grand rounds" webinars discuss best practices and strategies for offering evidence-based health programs remotely. Community-based organizations from across the country share how they are delivering evidence-based programs in the virtual/remote environment, successes of their work, and lessons learned.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/20/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Learning objectives: By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to: • Identify local reporters who are interested in the topic of falls prevention • Prepare for interviews to elevate the importance of preventing falls among older adults • Convey falls prevention information for reporters to include in their news resources

    As you prepare for Falls Prevention Awareness Week, join us to hear from National Council on Aging’s Public Relations Manager, Simona Combi, to learn how to engage with your local media and increase falls prevention education to older adults and your community this September and year-round.  

    Learning objectives: By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:  

    1. Identify local reporters who are interested in the topic of falls prevention  
    2. Prepare for interviews to elevate the importance of preventing falls among older adults 
    3. Convey falls prevention information for reporters to include in their news resources

    Simona Combi

    Public Relations Manager

    National Council on Aging

    Simona Combi managed media relations for several nonprofit research and advocacy organizations, including the Center for Global Policy Solutions and the Urban Institute. Most recently, she worked for IQ Solutions—a NIH contractor—to support the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s press team. She brings experience generating national media coverage and preparing national level spokespeople for interviews.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/19/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us for this webinar describing the joys and challenges of grandparents caring for young grandchildren and learn about the new, one-of-a-kind curriculum we’ve designed to meet grandparents’ needs.

    In the absence of accessible and affordable options for working families, grandparents have increasingly become the cornerstone of early child care in the U.S. One out of four children under the age of five is cared for by a grandparent while a parent works or goes to school. The number of multi-generational families (three or more generations living in the same household) is up. The number of families in which grandparents are raising grandchildren has jumped up as well.

    Join us for this webinar describing the joys and challenges of grandparents caring for young grandchildren and learn about the new, one-of-a-kind curriculum we’ve designed to meet grandparents’ needs. Seven 90-minute workshops provide a chance for grandparents to connect and learn from each other, explore the latest child-rearing advice, and develop strategies for collaborating with their adult children on child care. Each workshop also includes a 30-minute picture book and activity grandparents and grandchildren can enjoy together.

    Dianne Stone

    Associate Director of Network Development and Engagement, Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Center and NISC

    National Council on Aging

    Dianne Stone has more than 20 years of experience with senior centers and aging issues, primarily as the Director of the Newington Senior and Disabled Center in Newington, Connecticut. Stone has also worked, volunteered, and held leadership positions with a variety of organizations in Connecticut, including Connecticut AgeWell Collaborative, the ADA Coalition of Connecticut, Connecticut Medicaid Oversight Council, and the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity. She joined NCOA in January 2022, as a member of the Center for Healthy Aging, where she is primarily focused on supporting senior centers throughout the country through the ACL-funded Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Center and NISC. 

    Kathy Kinsner

    Senior Manager, Parenting Resources

    ZERO TO THREE

    Kathy Kinsner has led ZERO TO THREE’s grandparenting initiative for the last five years, focusing on the unique needs of grandparents caring for grandchildren under five. (zerotothree.org/grandparents) Most recently, Kathy co-created ZTT’s Grand Connections series of grandparent workshops with input from Generations United, the National Family Support Network, and the National Council on Aging, and supervised its pilot at seven US sites. Before her arrival at ZERO TO THREE, Kathy worked for more than forty years as an educator in a variety of settings—as an elementary reading specialist, an Emmy- and NAACP Award-winning producer on PBS series Reading Rainbow, the designer of a non-profit weekly college and careers curriculum for 7th through 12th-graders, and the creator of online graduate courses for educators, one of which won a Teacher’s Choice Award. Kathy holds Master’s Degrees in Education (Bowling Green State University) and Television, Radio, and Film (Syracuse) and was a teaching assistant at both institutions.

    Rebecca Parlakian

    Senior Director of Programs

    ZERO TO THREE

    Rebecca Parlakian serves as senior director of programs at ZERO TO THREE, a national nonprofit focused on promoting the healthy development of children from birth to 3 years old, where she directs a portfolio of federally and privately funded projects related to healthy child development and high-quality teaching and caregiving for children from birth to 5. Rebecca has co-authored four parenting education curricula and developed parenting resources on various topics and in various formats (including an app, podcasts, and videos). Rebecca’s written work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the ZERO TO THREE Journal and the peer-reviewed Young Children, journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has also spoken widely, both within the U.S. and internationally, on topics including brain development, early literacy and language development, parent coaching, children and media, and more. Rebecca holds a master’s degree in education and human development, with a concentration in infant-toddler special education, from the George Washington University, where she is currently serving as adjunct faculty.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    This workshop will connect us deeper to understanding the needs of LGBTQ+ elders and how we can better support LGBTQ+ older adults in our Senior Centers. Lead by Daniel Puerto, Manager of Community Outreach and Engagement at SAGE.

    This workshop will connect us deeper to understanding the needs of LGBTQ+ elders and how we can better support LGBTQ+ older adults in our Senior Centers. Lead by Daniel Puerto, Manager of Community Outreach and Engagement at SAGE.

    Daniel Puerto

    Manager of Outreach and Community Engagement

    SAGE

    Daniel Puerto has been a passionate activist, community organizer and service provider servicing local New York City (NYC). His work for over 10 years has had a focus on grassroots community organizing, policy advocacy, service provision, popular education and entrepreneurship skills development focusing on LGBTQ+ and immigrant New Yorkers. Most recently, Daniel works with SAGE the nation’s largest and oldest LGBTQ+ organization focusing on programs, services and advocacy for and with LGBTQ+ older adults.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    This webinar will provide updates from the Administration for Community Living on Older Americans Act Title III-D, identify best practices, strategies, and resources to help states and their partners administrator and implement these programs, and provide coordinators an opportunity to engage in discussion with your peers about current successes, challenges, and opportunities.

    This webinar will provide updates from the Administration for Community Living on Older Americans Act Title III-D, identify best practices, strategies, and resources to help states and their partners administrator and implement these programs, and provide coordinators an opportunity to engage in discussion with your peers about current  successes, challenges, and opportunities.

    Shannon Skowronski (she/her)

    Team Lead, Administration on Aging

    Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Shannon Skowronski is the Team Lead in the Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs, within the U.S. Administration for Community Living’s (ACL), Administration on Aging (AoA).  For over a decade, she has provided subject-matter expertise for AoA senior leadership, as well as managed a portfolio of grants, focused on healthy aging.  Previously, Ms. Skowronski served as a health policy analyst with RTI International. A former McGregor Geriatric Fellow, Ms. Skowronski holds Masters in Public Health and Masters of Social work degrees from the University of Michigan.

    Michelle Mai

    Program Associate

    National Council on Aging

    Michelle Mai, MPH is the Program Associate with the Center for Healthy Aging. She brings experience conducting outreach increasing public health education within the community. In this role with NCOA, she provides technical assistance to chronic disease self-management education and falls prevention grantees, striving to help them reach their grant goals as they implement evidence based programs into their community. Michelle received her Master’s degree in Public Health and Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from George Mason University.

    Kathleen Zuke

    Associate Director

    National Council on Aging

    Kathleen Zuke was privileged to grow up with eight loving grandparents and developed a passion for supportive services for older adults as a caregiver for her grandfather. She has been a Senior Program Manager with the Center for Healthy Aging since 2015. In this role, she works collaboratively with community-based partners across the country to identify, implement, and sustain evidence-based programs that support older adults in staying well and aging in the community, including chronic disease self-management education, falls prevention, and behavioral health. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health from Hunter College and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    ​Learn about our new resources and strengthen community connections to maximize your impact for the 2022 observation of Falls Prevention Awareness Week, September 18-24.

    Learn about our new resources and strengthen community connections to maximize your impact for the 2022 observation of Falls Prevention Awareness Week, September 18-24.  Guest speakers from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will join to share findings used to re-design the Falls Free Checkup, including dissemination efforts.

    Michelle Mai

    Program Associate

    National Council on Aging

    Michelle Mai, MPH is the Program Associate with the Center for Healthy Aging. She brings experience conducting outreach increasing public health education within the community. In this role with NCOA, she provides technical assistance to chronic disease self-management education and falls prevention grantees, striving to help them reach their grant goals as they implement evidence based programs into their community. Michelle received her Master’s degree in Public Health and Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from George Mason University.

    Dr. Jennifer Tripken, Ed.D., CHES

    Associate Director, Center for Healthy Aging

    National Council on Aging

    Dr. Jennifer L. Tripken is an Associate Director, Center for Healthy Aging at the National Council on Aging. In this role, Jennifer supports the expansion and sustainability of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs in the community and online through collaboration with national, state, and community partners. Prior to joining NCOA, Jennifer worked for eight years as a university professor in Health Education and Promotion. Before that, Jennifer spent six years as a middle and high school Health Education teacher in New York. 

    Jennifer earned her Ed.D. in Health Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, her M.Ed. in Health Education at Boston University, and her B.S. in Athletic Training at Pennsylvania State University.

    Donna Bethge (she/her)

    Aging Services Program Specialist

    Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living

    Donna Bethge is an Aging Services Program Specialist in the Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs at the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Administration on Aging.  She worked in the aging network in Maryland for 10 years with Area Agencies on Aging and an assisted living community, developing and implementing programs for older adults, as well as supporting and promoting evidence-based programs before joining the team at ACL as the lead for the Falls Prevention grant program.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Northern Kentucky University.

    Gwen Bergen, PhD, MPH

    Team Lead, Safety Promotion Team, Applied Sciences Branch, Division of Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Dr. Gwen Bergen has worked in injury prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for almost 15 years focusing most recently on older adult falls prevention and ensuring optimal older adult mobility.  She currently serves as the team lead for the Safety Promotion team which includes the older adult falls work.  She received her MPH from the Emory Rollins School of Public Health and her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

    Daniel Thompson, MPH

    Communication and Partnership Specialist, Division of Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Daniel Thompson, MPH, is a Communication and Partnership Specialist at CDC Foundation detailed to CDC Division of Injury Prevention Safety Promotion Team to fulfill activities of a 5-year older adult falls prevention grant from Amgen. Daniel comes to CDC Foundation with more than 10 years’ experience in public health communication, health policy and partnership experience.  Previously, Daniel worked in advocacy and policy for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, North Georgia Heart Foundation, the Georgia OBGyn Society, and in a partnership development capacity with the Georgia Department of Public Health.  Most recently, Daniel served as a program manager with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians for a statewide tobacco and vaping use prevention program. Originally from Atlanta, Daniel earned a bachelor of arts and masters of public health degree at Emory University.  Daniel and his wife, Misty, live in Gainesville, Georgia. 

    Tracy Gariepy, MS CHES

    Injury Prevention Project Coordinator

    CDC Foundation

    Tracy Gariepy is a Certified Health Education Specialist (NCHEC CHES). She is currently on a fellowship with the CDC Foundation as the project coordinator for older adult falls prevention initiative under a grant from Amgen . Tracy is a Master Trainer for a Matter of Balance, an evidence-based fall prevention program for older adults. She holds an MS in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Applied Health Research from Clemson University. Her most recent research with the university has focused on building capacity to prevent falls among older adults in rural South Carolina communities. Previously, Tracy was a Health and Wellness consultant in the athletic footwear industry for 12+ years. She is actively involved with her local YMCA as a personal trainer and competitive running coach, and resides in Easley, SC with her fiance Blair.