Financial Well-Being & Income Sufficiency Among Older Americans - Part 2
Includes a Live Web Event on 10/20/2022 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
Members of NCOA’s Benefit Enrollment Center (BEC) network will present best practices around meeting those who are struggling to make ends meet financially, and provide them with in-person, benefit enrollment assistance that they may qualify for, but are not aware of. Since 2009, NCOA has supported a network of BECs that includes 87 organizations serving 41 states. Together, these partners have helped nearly 1 million older adults enroll in the five core benefits— Medicaid, Medicare Savings Programs (MSP), Extra Help (Part D Low Income Subsidy/LIS), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Join them for a lively discussion around what it means to provide equitable services, the pandemic as a “teacher” of how older adults are truly living in the U.S., and why its more important now then ever before to understand the ways in which older adults need support.
Webinar provided in partnership by:
Susan Vega, Programs Manager
Alivio Medical Center
Susan Vega is Alivio Medical Center’s Programs Manager. She leads a team of staff and volunteers helping older adults and families in the community to understand the public benefit programs and health insurance options, apply for benefits, enroll in and use their healthcare plans. Ms. Vega also manages Alivio’s Chicago Family Case Management, Women, Infant and Children (WIC - supplemental nutrition program) and the Community Health Education and Promotion team.
Susan Vega has been assisting older adults and their families at Alivio Medical Center since 2004. Her role includes coordination of activities of volunteers and staff through the National Council on Aging’s Benefit Enrollment Center, Get Covered Illinois Certified Application Counselor program, Senior Health Insurance Program as well as the operation of the Pilsen Satellite Senior Center at Casa Maravilla.
Alivio is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) / Community Health Center, serving ten neighborhoods which are predominately Mexican and Mexican-American on Chicago’s southwest side as well as the suburban communities of Cicero and Berwyn. Founded in 1998 Alivio provides primary and specialty healthcare, support and preventive services in its three full-service facilities in Pilsen and Berwyn as well as three school-based clinics in Pilsen and Little Village. Alivio’s mission includes service as well as advocacy around access to healthcare, as well as immigration policies and workforce development.
A key focus of the work of Ms. Vega has done has been developing public and private partnerships and engaging the hard-to-reach Latino community.
Ms. Vega has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Xavier, in Chicago.
Corporate Director, Senior Care Management
National Church Residences
Jerrie O’Rourke, MSW, LISW-S, Corporate Director for Senior Care Management for National Church Residences. Received her Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University and licensed since 2003.
Jerrie has over twenty-seven (27) years of healthcare and leadership experience with home and community-based programs for underserved populations. As a subject matter expert for population health methodologies, Jerrie is responsible for identifying an operational appropriate solution for clinical and non-clinical programs for at risk populations that is inclusive of improving access to aging in place models for older adults and their loved ones. With her industry knowledge and experience including strategic planning and partnerships, public speaking, policy and program development specific to healthcare initiatives, she launched the National Church Residences NCOA’s Benefits Enrollment Center in 2019, expanding the footprint served to statewide in through the COVID-19 pandemic. We have successfully expanded public and private partnerships to include local VA, homeless shelter programs, local firehouse community paramedicine programs, physician practices, long-term services and support providers and not only our own Affordable Housing residential program through HUD, but also other Assisted Living and Independent Living organizations.
Under Jerrie’s leadership other programs include Ohio Money Follow’s the Person program, Journey Navigator program, Community Service Coordinator programs, and other population health initiatives to assist seniors and adults with disabilities age their way and where they choose.
Vivian Nava-Schellinger (Moderator)
Director, Community Partnerships & Network Activation
National Council on Aging
Vivian leads the National Council on Aging’s ecosystem of national and community partnerships, external engagement of NCOA’s advocacy and equity focus, and programs focused on vulnerable populations of older adults.
For over a decade, Nava-Schellinger has used equity as a baseline principle, whether working on large-scale reimbursement programs focused on Medicare/Medicaid populations, securing funding for health literacy programs to drive Affordable Care Act (ACA) outreach in vulnerable communities, or advocating for greater health and economic security across the lifespan for underrepresented populations.
A proud Tejana, born and raised along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, Nava-Schellinger has successfully merge business strategy, development, organizational management, and health equity to ensure that all communities have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about their health and financial well-being.
Nava-Schellinger is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (B.A. Political Science, M.S. National Security Studies), and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (J.D.)