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  • 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.

    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 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 4 Product(s)

    This series of webinars will showcase senior centers who are the winners of the annual NISC Programs of Excellence awards. Awardees will present their innovative programs and discuss how other senior centers can implement similar programs in their communities.

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    Join us for a series of webinars that will showcase the senior centers who are the winners of the annual NISC Programs of Excellence awards. Awardees will present their innovative programs and discuss how other senior centers can implement similar programs in their communities. 

    There will be four webinars in total all featuring the winners from the various categories:

    • September 29, 2021 at 1pm EST: Technology and Virtual Category Winners
    • October 27, 2021 at 1pm EST: Health & Wellness and Community Development Category Winners
    • November 17,2021 at 1pm EST: Cultural and Special Events Category Winners
    • January 19,2022 at 1pm EST: Nutrition Category Winners

    Select the Content tab above for more detailed information about each webinar.

    Registration Details:

    • Registration is FREE, and registrants will have access to both the live webinars and the recordings. 
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email, as well as email reminders prior to each live webinar with a link to join the event.
  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Are you interested in learning more about the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance's Walk With Ease portal? This cost-effective and efficient tool can help you reach more people with the Arthritis Foundation's self-directed version of the Walk With Ease program.

    Are you interested in learning more about the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance's Walk With Ease portal?  This cost-effective and efficient tool can help you reach more people with the Arthritis Foundation's self-directed version of the Walk With Ease program.

    Serena Weisner

    Director of Community Programs

    Osteoarthritis Action Alliance

    Serena Weisner is a Gerontologist dedicated to helping communities and organizations support healthy aging through evidence-based programs and services.  Ms. Weisner has spent nearly 20 years building a career that combines two of her passions – health and aging.  She has had the opportunity to work as a Senior Program Associate for the National Council on Aging, a Project Director for the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services, and the Principal Program Specialist for Health and Aging at the Atlanta Regional Commission.  Each position has allowed her to learn more about what makes programs and services successful, especially with regard to evidence-based programs.  Along the way, she has secured and managed millions of dollars in federal and private funding, as well as established processes, procedures and strategic plans that have continued to be used by her successors.  Ms. Weisner is currently a freelance consultant working with select clients to increase the reach of evidence-based programs.
  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    ​By the end of this webinar, participants will understand the latest CDC recommendations for pneumonia, influenza, and COVID vaccines for older adults and the important role that aging services providers can play in education and outreach.

    By the end of this webinar, participants will:

    Understand the latest CDC recommendations for pneumonia, influenza, and COVID vaccines for older adults and the important role that aging services providers can play in education and outreach

    1. Explain current barriers to vaccine access for older adults, including gaps in Medicare coverage
    2. Learn about a community-based organization’s pneumonia/flu/COVID booster shot clinic for adult day participants and other older adults in Nevada
    3. Learn about CMS’s role in communicating the importance vaccines to older adults and caregivers and resources available for providers
    4. Access numerous resources from federal agencies and national organizations on the vaccine approval process, consumer materials, and other older adult vaccine-related information that would be helpful in local educational efforts and for those launching vaccination clinics

    Jeffrey Klein

    President/CEO

    Nevada Senior Services

    Jeffrey B. Klein, FACHE, President/CEO, Nevada Senior Services has extensive experience in health care management, consulting, and strategic planning for hospitals, community-based services and aging networks.  He is currently the President/CEO of Nevada Senior Services Inc. operating adult day health care centers, caregiver support services, in home respite, home modifications and geriatric assessment clinic and wellness programs. A trusted not-for-profit organization, Nevada Senior Services partners nationally with the Rosalynn Carter Institute (caregiver support), Stanford University (chronic disease management), National Council on Aging (NCOA) and Rush University Medical Center (Bridge). Nevada Senior Services is the Aging and Disability Resource Center serving southern Nevada’s 2 million residents.  Nevada Senior Services was recognized by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Leadership in Caregiving (2016).  As a consultant, Mr. Klein has been a founder and Principal of Altila Associates conducting and supervising extensive engagements for hospitals, medical groups and academic centers.  Specialty areas of consultation included strategic planning, feasibility analysis, financial structuring, project financing, and implementation of innovative inpatient and programs in geriatrics, rehabilitation, neurosciences, chronic disease care and disease state management.  While President and CEO of Premier Hospitals Alliance of New York, he structured cost containment, purchasing and revenue enhancement programs for a consortium of six teaching hospitals with over 5,500 beds.  He was CEO of CRCA, an international consulting and management firm.  CRCA conducted over 180 engagements.  An innovative health care executive, Mr. Klein was responsible for the development of the Center for Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Medicine at Daniel Freeman Medical Center, a 606 bed UCLA teaching affiliate.  This facility was twice recognized as the “Outstanding Rehabilitation Facility in the Nation” by the National Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.  As Corporate Vice President at Daniel Freeman Medical Center, he was responsible for clinical operating divisions, marketing, planning, diversification and business development.

    Mr. Klein holds an MBA from Temple University, Philadelphia. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Management as a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. Mr. Klein is the recipient of Professional Achievement Awards from the National Association of Medical Directors and Coordinators and the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. He Chairs the Nevada Commission on aging Legislative Subcommittee and is an active member of the public policy committees of the American Society on Aging and the National Adult Day Services Association.

    Patricia D’Antonio

    Vice President, Policy and Professional Affairs, GSA and Chair, Adult Vaccine Access Coalition

    The Gerontological Society of America

    Patricia M. "Trish" D'Antonio, BSPharm, MS, MBA, BCGP, is GSA’s vice president of policy professional affairs. In this role, she is responsible for managing the Society’s relationships with other organizations in the aging arena, leading major Society programs and projects, and developing a strategy for future growth of the National Academy on an Aging Society (GSA’s nonpartisan public policy institute). She is also the project director for the Reframing Aging Initiative, a long-term social change endeavor designed to improve the public’s understanding of what aging means and the many ways that older people contribute to our society. She previously served as the executive director of the DC Board of Pharmacy and program manager for the Pharmaceutical Control Division, where she was responsible for the regulatory and policy development for the practice of pharmacy in the District, inspection and investigation of regulated facilities, and served as liaison to the FDA, DEA, and other federal and state organizations that promote safe handling of medications. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Controlled Substance Authorities, a non-profit organization that works to provide a continuing mechanism through which state and federal agencies and stakeholders can work to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of state and national efforts to prevent and control drug diversion and abuse. Prior to working with the DC Department of Health, D'Antonio served as director of professional and educational affairs with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, a professional membership association representing pharmacists who practice in geriatrics. While there she was responsible for advancing initiatives to educate pharmacists and other healthcare professionals in geriatric pharmacotherapy and the unique medication-related needs of the older adult. D'Antonio received her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and received her Master of Science in health finance and Master in Business Administration with a concentration in health care from Temple University in Philadelphia. She completed a residency in administration and finance at The Philadelphia Geriatric Center and is a board certified geriatric pharmacist.

    Lauren Shaham

    Senior Advisor, Office of Communications

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

    Lauren Shaham is a senior communications advisor at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In this role, she coordinates strategic communications for COVID-19, influenza vaccination and the Medicare program. She has previously held communications positions in CMS’ press office and FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Lauren earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.

    Carolyn Bridges

    Associate Director for Science

    CDC Vaccine Task Force Vaccine Implementation and Evaluation Team

    Dr. Carolyn B Bridges is a board-certified internal medicine physician and adult immunization subject matter expert.  After retiring from CDC in 2017 as the Associate Director of Adult Immunizations, she has done consulting on adult immunizations.  After COVID-19 started, Dr. Bridges returned to CDC in 2020 as a contractor to help with COVID-19 vaccine implementation.   She is currently serving as the CDC Vaccine Task Force Vaccine Implementation and Evaluation Team’s Associate Director for Science. 

    Elizabeth A. Mothershed

    Deputy Associate Director, State Strategy and Evaluation Team

    Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, NCEZID/CDC

    Elizabeth Mothershed serves as the Deputy Associate Director of the State Strategy and Evaluation Team, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at CDC. Ms. Mothershed works to advance policies, programs, and partnerships in support of DHQP’s mission to promote safety, quality, and value in public health and healthcare delivery systems. Her team’s work focuses on promoting partner networks with state and local health agencies, sharing best practices for healthcare associated infections prevention, and supporting sustainable systems for maximum prevention impact. Since March 2020, she has served in a variety of roles on CDC’s COVID-19 Emergency Response, supporting healthcare and nursing home response and prevention activities. Most recently she supported the Vaccine Task Force, working to ensure that patients and residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care facilities have access to COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    ​Climate change is the biggest threat to human health. Not only is physical health impacted but there are significant mental health consequences. Older adults are especially vulnerable. This presentation will cover the most important mental health impacts of climate change in the general population, with an emphasis on the elderly.

    Climate change is the biggest threat to human health. Not only is physical health impacted but there are significant mental health consequences. Older adults are especially vulnerable.

    This presentation will cover the most important mental health impacts of climate change in the general population, with an emphasis on the elderly.

    Learning Objectives:

    1) Describe the mental health aspects of acute and slow moving disasters associated with climate disruption.
    2) Describe the impacts of extreme heat on mood, behavior and cognition.
    3) Identify the emotional and psychological responses associated with “eco-distress”.
    4) Understand age-specific factors contributing to mental health impacts of climate change in older adults.

    Part I: Overview: A Primer on Emotional and Mental Health Consequences of Climate Change
        - Robin Cooper, MD

    Part II: The Impact of Climate Change on Older Adults’ Mental Health
        - Andreea Seritan, MD

    Robin Cooper, MD

    Associate Clinical Professor

    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

    Robin Cooper, MD is a private practice psychiatrist in San Francisco, California.

    She has an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of California, San Francisco. Since completing her residency at UCSF in 1972, she has worn many different hats as educator, supervisor and mentor with psychiatric residents and medical students.

    Since learning about the threats of climate disruption over a decade ago, she has focused most of her efforts on climate change with attention to both education and advocacy about the impacts on health and specifically mental health. She is co-founder and President of Climate Psychiatry Alliance, a national group dedicated to understanding, education and advocacy about the specific impacts of climate change on mental health. She has served as consultant to the Task Force on Climate Change and Mental Health within the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and wider UCSF climate projects, has contributed to activities on climate change within the American Psychiatric Association and other groups addressing this issue.

    Dr. Cooper is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

    Andreea Seritan, MD

    Geriatric Psychiatrist and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

    University of California, San Francisco

    Andreea Seritan, MD is a geriatric psychiatrist and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Seritan completed her psychiatry residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, followed by a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining UCSF, Dr. Seritan was at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, where she also served as associate dean for student wellness. 

    Dr. Seritan’s clinical and research work focuses on understanding and managing the psychiatric manifestations of neurodegenerative diseases. She is a member of the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Association for Academic Psychiatry. She is the author or co-author of 97 articles and book chapters. Dr. Seritan was the co-founder of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Climate Change and Mental Health Task Force.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/04/2021

    What changes are coming to Medicare benefits in 2022? Join us for this webinar to discover what your clients with Medicare can expect to pay for coverage in the coming year and trends in the landscape of health and drug plans being offered.

    What changes are coming to Medicare benefits in 2022?

    Join us for this webinar to discover:

    1. What your clients with Medicare can expect to pay for coverage in the coming year
    2. Trends in the landscape of health and drug plans being offered
    3. Enhancement that have been made to Medicare Plan Finder to improve its usability
    4. Changes states have made to the Medicare Savings Programs since the pandemic, and
    5. Special circumstances affecting enrollment

    Ann Kayrish

    Senior Program Manager for Medicare

    National Council on Aging

    Ann is the Senior Program Manager, for Medicare at NCOA where she helps local, state and regional organizations develop and implement strategies to find, counsel and assist Medicare beneficiaries apply and enroll in benefits for which they may be eligible.

    Over the past 25 years Ann has had the opportunity to work in many parts of the health care industry including managed care, patient assistance programs, and provider and sales force relations.  Prior to joining NCOA, Ann managed the operations for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) in Montgomery County, Maryland helping the most vulnerable populations gain access to the health care benefits and services.  

    Ann received her B.S. in Health Care Management from Kings College in Wilke-Barre, PA and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.

    Brandy Bauer (Moderator)

    Associate Director, Center for Benefits Access

    National Council on Aging

    Brandy Bauer is Associate Director of the Center for Benefits Access at the National Council on Aging (NCOA), where she coordinates all communications for the MIPPA Resource Center, identifies and promotes promising strategies to increase benefits access for older adults, and educates consumers about scams targeting older adults. Previously, she spent a decade in the international health and human service sectors, working on improving access to services for vulnerable and marginalized populations, including refugee and war trauma survivors in Europe, and as a humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan.

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    Attendees will learn the purpose and effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults. Attendees will learn how the program is administered and where to find a course in their area.

    Attendees will learn the purpose and effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults. Attendees will learn how the program is administered and where to find a course in their area. 

    Learning Objectives

    1. You will learn the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and what it covers.
    2. You will learn the purpose of Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults and what it covers.
    3. You will learn about the effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid as an evidence-based program.
    4. You will learn who should take these courses.
    5. You will learn about the ALGEE action plan (Assess for risk of suicide or harm, Listen non-judgmentally, Give reassurance, Encourage appropriate professional help, and Encourage self-help) and other support strategies.
    6. You will learn how to find a course or contact an instructor in your area.
    7. You will learn the steps to become a certified instructor and the associated costs.
    8. You will learn about how the program is administered and supported.

    Anne Chapman, MPH

    Director, Strategic Partnership, Mental Health First Aid

    National Council for Mental Wellbeing

    As the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the National Council for Behavioral Health, Anne Chapman’s focus is the development and stewardship of strategic partnerships that support the expansion of the council’s public education initiatives. Chapman has spent her career focused on partnership growth for organizations in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining the National Council, she worked for the American Society of Clinical Oncology where she led their business development strategy to expand participation in practice health initiatives through partnerships with regional health systems and national organizations. While at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, she oversaw the cancer center’s growth and outreach strategy through affiliation expansion and public education programing. Her early career began at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she developed skills in strategy development. Chapman earned her Master of Public Health in Program Management from the Boston University School of Public Health and her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religious Studies from Trinity College. She is also a certified Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid instructor.

    Karen Orsi

    Director, Oklahoma Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, and Member of the NCMHA Executive Committee

    NorthCare

    As Director of the Statewide Oklahoma Mental Health and Aging Coalition for 10+ years, Karen provides older adult behavioral health education and advocacy.  

    She is immediate Past Chair and current Vice Chair of the Planning and Advisory Council to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS)HSAS and serves on the Oklahoma Behavioral Health Advisory Council, National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging Executive Committee, New View Advisory Council and Telligen’s Beneficiary and Family Advisory Council and Governing Board.  

    She developed the Oklahoma Older Adult Behavioral Health State Plan, the Reducing Depression initiative and the Older Adult Peer Support Specialty for ODMHSAS. She is a certified trainer for QPR, Talk Saves Lives, Healthy IDEAS, Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults. 

    Karen has a Sociology degree with a Psychology minor from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and has completed sociology graduate level course requirements at Chicago’s Loyola University.            

  • Contains 4 Product(s)

    Hosted by NCOA and the Administration for Community Living, this series of 4 webinars features organizations that have successfully partnered with their local EMS and fire department to address falls prevention.

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    When an older adult falls and needs help getting up, emergency medical services (EMS) and fire departments are often the first to arrive at the scene. 

    Among people aged 65 years and older, falls are the leading cause of emergency department visits and account for 17% of all 911 calls. Up to 56% of 911 calls for falls do not result in transport to a medical facility. 

    The use of EMS for falls-related calls has heavy financial consequences to communities and decreases the availability of EMS to respond to more urgent needs. As a trusted source of information, firefighters and EMS can have a key role in falls prevention efforts, including addressing home hazards and referring older adults to falls prevention programs and services.   

    Hosted by NCOA and the Administration for Community Living, this series features organizations that have successfully partnered with their local EMS and fire department to address falls prevention. Speakers will share best practices and lessons learned. 

    You will discover new skills and gain innovative ideas that can be adapted and applied in your own community to bridge the fire and falls prevention networks.  

    Registration Details:

    • This series includes 4 live 60-minute webinars on September 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. 
    • Registration is FREE, and registrants will have access to both the live webinars and the recordings. 
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email, as well as email reminders prior to each live webinar with a link to join the event.

    See 4 Webinars in Series

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    This webinar is intended to raise awareness about suicide and highlight strategies to help professionals, consumers, families, and communities understand the role they can play in promoting emotional well-being and preventing suicide.

    This webinar is intended to raise awareness about suicide and highlight strategies to help professionals, consumers, families, and communities understand the role they can play in promoting emotional well-being and preventing suicide. 

    Speakers will discuss the impact of suicide, the implementation of 9-8-8 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and highlight community-based programs and resources that can help. 

    This webinar is hosted by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, and the National Council on Aging.

    Rep. Susan Wild

    Pennsylvania’s 7th District

    U.S. Congress

    Congresswoman Susan Wild has been a member of the Lehigh Valley community for more than 30 years. Her two adult children were born and raised in the Valley, where they attended public schools. Susan built a successful legal practice while raising her two children and became the first woman to be appointed as Allentown City Solicitor. In November 2018, Congresswoman Wild was elected as the first woman to represent Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Wild has been appointed to the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is committed to fighting for quality, affordable health care for all, an economy that benefits every member of our community, and reforming our political system to return government to the American people.

    Dr. Laura Shannonhouse

    Associate Professor

    Georgia State University

    Laura Shannonhouse is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST), and a Suicide to Hope (s2H) Facilitator. Her clinical experiences (e.g. college counseling center, cancer center, crisis center, etc.) have included working with disaster impacted populations both domestically and internationally (e.g. illness-related trauma in South Africa; prolonged grief from daycare center fire in Mexico, post-Katrina charter school teachers; both southeast Asian and post-earthquake Haitian refugees, and urban homeless, etc.). Therefore, her research interests focus on crisis intervention and disaster response; she is curious about how people make sense of suffering through their faith. Specifically, she conducts community-based research in kindergarten through 16 systems and with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to prevent suicide (suicide first aid), and with disaster impacted populations in fostering meaning-making through one’s faith tradition (spiritual first aid).

    Kimberly Williams

    President and CEO

    Vibrant Emotional Health (New York)

    Kimberly A. Williams is the President and CEO of the Vibrant Emotional Health, a nonprofit organization which reaches over 2.5 million people each year to help them achieve emotional well-being through high quality, innovative programs. She began as a public policy intern in 2003, rising to President and CEO in 2017. She has served the mental health industry through various positions, including mental health advocate, administrator, educator, and consultant. As CEO, Williams has overseen the expansion of Vibrant’s premier programs they administer, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Disaster Distress Helpline, and NYC Well, New York City’s leading edge, multi-lingual, multi-modal contact center program that responds around the clock to the mental health needs of over 300,000 New Yorkers every year. Williams serves on a number of advisory committees and boards including the New York State Interagency Geriatric Mental Health and Chemical Dependence Planning Council, the New York State Health Foundation Community Advisory Committee, Mental Health News Education Inc., United Community Schools, and the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, for whom she is immediate past chair. Her leadership in the field has been recognized by City and State New York, New York Nonprofit Media, Mental Health Association in New York State, and the National Association of Social Workers NYC Chapter. Williams has been an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work and NYU Silver School of Social Work. Her voice has been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CBS Evening NewsThe Today Show and more.

    Amy Miller

    Senior Services Manager

    Jefferson Center for Mental Health (CO)

    Amy Miller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arvada, CO, with a broad range of experience in the field of aging.  Amy is the Director of Adult Outpatient Services at Jefferson Center for Mental Health, the Community Mental Health Center serving the suburbs and mountains west of Denver, Colorado.  Amy oversees the day to day operations of the community-based Senior Reach program, and as the Senior Reach National Consultant was closely involved with the training, implementation, and ongoing support for the Senior Reach sites in Colorado, Michigan, and New Jersey.   

    As Director of Adult Outpatient Services Amy provides programmatic oversight of the Senior Services Outpatient, Adult Outpatient, Mountain Services, and Vocational Services programs. During her time at Jefferson Center she has also developed a new program to provide individual and group therapy to individuals with Hoarding Disorder. Amy earned her BA degree in Psychology from the University of South Dakota and her Master of Social Work from the University of Denver; she is also a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

    Brian Altman (Moderator)

    Deputy Director of the Administration on Aging

    ACL

    Brian Altman serves as the Deputy Director for the Administration on Aging (AoA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living (ACL).  In this role, Altman provides expert advice, guidance and support to the agency and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging on key mission critical issues, initiatives and agency functions. Altman also builds and enhances AoA’s work with aging organizations to foster exchange of information and strengthen support for the agency’s vision, policies and programs including working closely with stakeholders.  

    Altman most recently served as the Director of Federal and Political Affairs at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) where he oversaw ASHA’s Capitol Hill office.  Altman advocated for increased access to audiology and speech-language pathology services in programs such as Medicare, newborn hearing screening and those funded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. 

    Prior to joining ASHA, Altman served in federal government at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and completed a detail at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.  At SAMHSA, Brian served at various times as both the Director of the Division of Policy Innovation and the Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. Altman also helped lead SAMHSA’s policy efforts on behalf of LGBT and aging populations, including co-leading the SAMHSA/ACL Behavioral Health Work Group.  
     
    Before joining SAMHSA, Altman was a senior government relations manager at Drinker Biddle & Reath where he represented a broad range of health care clients. Altman also has served as the Director of Public Policy and Program Development at the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA) where his work included advocating for the Stop Senior Suicide Act. Prior to joining SPAN USA, he worked at the American Counseling Association and served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Claire V. Eagan, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. 
     
    Altman graduated from Duke University, cum laude, with a B.A. in public policy studies and received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.