Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Optional Pre-Conference Intensives  9:00a – 11:00a

Oral Health  for Older Adults   

Oral health for older adults is often ignored or not a high priority, but it can have substantial health implications.   What are some innovative strategies in Ohio to address the issue and reach more older Ohioans?  Learn about a state advocacy organization, Oral Health Ohio, and its efforts to improve oral health policy and practice around the state.  Also hear from innovative practices in urban and rural areas to reach and treat older adults, and educate them on the importance of good oral health.

– Marla Morse, Program Director, Oral Health Ohio PRESENTATION
– Dr. Suparna Mahalaha, Faculty member, Case Western Reserve University and Dental Director at Care Alliance Health Center, Cleveland PRESENTATION
-Sherry Shamblin, Chief Strategy Officer, Hopewell Health Centers, Athens PRESENTATION
Barbara Carnahan, Oral Health Program, Ohio Department of Health PRESENTATION
-Mona Taylor, Oral Health Access Coordinator, Ohio Department of Health PRESENTATION

Ohio Medicaid Update

This is always a popular session to learn the newest developments from key Ohio Department of Medicaid staff. Medicaid has undergone many transformation in the last few years because of federal and state initiatives and changes. If you want to stay on top of current programs and future changes this is the session for you.

-Roxanne Richardson, Deputy Director of Managed Care, Ohio Department of Medicaid
-Karla Warren, Integrated Care Manager, Ohio Department of Medicaid
-Carol Schenk, Provider Compliance Manager, Ohio Department of Medicaid


Medicare on the Move: New Insights and Opportunities

The passage of the Chronic Care Act and new attention to social determinants of health have driven the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to promote dramatic changes in Medicare. Our speaker brings a wealth of knowledge and knowhow to the discussion of these changes in Medicare regulations and new initiatives. You will learn how these changes can affect what services Medicare beneficiaries can access and how these changes open up new opportunities for community based organizations like AAAs.

-Tim McNeill, RN, MPH, Freedmen’s Health


Opening Luncheon and General Session 11:30a – 1:00p

Plenary: Motivation: Healing Humor

-Dave Caperton, Motivational Humorist and Author


Laughter doesn’t just feel good, it’s good for you. Besides providing a release for stress, a sense of humor has also been associated with improved immune function, pain relief, lowered blood pressure and is a proven predictor of longevity. Finding the joy in what you do not only benefits your patients and clients, it unleashes your own natural healing potential.

Dave Caperton’s programs have been described by his many clients in business, education and healthcare as a perfect blend of relevant content and entertaining high-energy humor. Drawing on his 20-plus years as an international keynote speaker, business owner, entrepreneur and executive coach and his background as an educator, stand-up comedian and comedy writer, Dave Caperton combines his long business experience and award-winning teaching strategies with razor sharp humor and comic timing to provide transformative insights on engagement, service and managing perception in a way that delivers results and fun.

Dave Caperton talks have been requested and lauded by such iconic organizations as Boeing Aerospace, GE, The Federal Aviation Administration, Nationwide Insurance, Limited Brands, The Cleveland Clinic, and over 750 other successful organizations and associations all over North America. Dave is also the author of Happiness Is a Funny Thing, a book he describes not as a how-to but a why-to book for realizing greater happiness, health, and joyful laughter both at work and at home.



Concurrent Workshops I   1:30p – 3:00p

Ethical Implications with a Focus on Relationships and Boundary Setting – Part 1

Participants will get an overview of the boundary and relationships sections of the Counselor and Social Work Board’s code of Ethics. There will also be a review of the January 2018 revisions that NASW suggested for online and internet boundaries. From starting the relationship with a client with the consent to treat, to determining competencies and dual relationships, participants will be discussing the challenges and gray areas that come with this section of the code of ethics.

-Jennifer Haywood, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, Adjunct Professor, The Ohio State University, MSW Program


The Role of Spirituality in Preventing Social Isolation Among Low-Income Older Adults

Social isolation has been linked to increasing mental and physical challenges that create more hurdles for older adults. Many older adults find that spirituality provides them with emotional and social supports. Learn about programs and partnerships built around spirituality that can prevent social isolation particularly with low-income older adults.
-Jacqi Bradley, Chief Executive Officer, Area Agency on Aging 3
-Fatima Perkins, Director of Community Outreach & Advocacy, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging  PRESENTATION

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Kinship Navigation and Care in Ohio

Many grandparents are raising grandchildren, but some need assistance in navigating the system, and need to be able to take care of themselves as well. Learn more about initiatives in the state to support kinship caregivers, including: the state’s plan for a new statewide kinship navigation program; the Statewide Grandparent and Kinship Care Coalition and what issues grandparents face; and the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio’s Kinship Navigator Program.

-Arcelia Armstrong, Coordinator, Caregiver Support Program and Kinship Navigator Program, Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio
-Katina (Tina) Gaston, Kinship Navigator Program Supervisor, Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio  PRESENTATION
-Barbara Turpin, Co-Secretary, Ohio Grandparent and Kinship Care Coalition and Fellow, Ohio Federation for Health Equity and Social Justice  PRESENTATION
-Emilia Jackson, Caregiver Support Manager, Elder Connections Division, Ohio Department of Aging  PRESENTATION
-Veronica Burroughs, OhioKAN Project Manager, Office of Families and Children, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services PRESENTATION

Re-Entry into Society: Supporting Older Adults with Criminal Convictions and Other Justice Involvement

Decades of mass incarceration in the United States have created a population of older adults who are navigating the transition to life after prison. Past criminal convictions can complicate the aging process by presenting additional barriers to jobs, housing and public benefits, as well as social stigma. This workshop will focus on ways to support this population through the re-entry process.

-Laura Roan, Program Director, Elder Re-entry Initiative, Osborne Foundation
-Michelle Missler, Director, Franklin County Office on Aging
-Michael Daniels, Justice Policy Coordinator, Franklin County Justice Policy and Program
Edward Bell, MBA, AAMS, CMFC, CSS, Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services, Ex-Offender
-Carl Graves, formerly incarcerated resident


Stark County Court Angels Program

The Stark County Probate Court Angel Program is the first volunteer-based monitoring program by a probate court in Ohio. It is designed to confirm the well-being of persons under guardianship. Scripps researchers recently conducted an evaluation of the program and have published a report that describes the program, highlights the evaluation findings, and provides advice for other counties who may want to start a Court Angel program.

-Honorable Dixie Park, Probate Judge, Stark County Probate Court of Common Pleas PRESENTATION
-Dr. Amy Roberts, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Science & Social Work, Miami University  PRESENTATION

Concurrent Workshops II  3:30p – 5:00p

Ethical Implications with a Focus on Relationships and Boundary Setting- Part 2

Participants will get an overview of the boundary and relationships sections of the Counselor and Social Work Board’s code of Ethics. There will also be a review of the January 2018 revisions that NASW suggested for online and internet boundaries. From starting the relationship with a client with the consent to treat, to determining competencies and dual relationships, participants will be discussing the challenges and gray areas that come with this section of the code of ethics.

-Jennifer Haywood, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, Adjunct Professor, The Ohio State University, MSW Program


LGBTQ Aging: The Journey Toward the Future of Cultural Competent Care

Older adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or Queer (LGBTQ) are a large and growing segment of the older adult population. The older LGBTQ community has unique needs and faces discrimination in access to services. Learn how the minority stress model explains health disparities and how to address them through cultural competence, humility and organizational readiness to serve older LGBTQ adults.

-Jerry Mallicoat, LGBTQ Health Initiatives Manager for Public Health, Dayton & Montgomery County; co-founding board member of Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton  


Reframing Aging & Elder Abuse

Using the research and recommendations from the Frameworks Institute, panelists will share how they use evidence-based communications strategies and outreach to drive a more informed conversation about aging and elder abuse and the implications for our communities and public policy.

-Beth Kowalczyk, Chief Policy Officer, Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (o4a) PRESENTATION
-Reverend Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director, Ruth Parker Center for Abundant Aging   PRESENTATION

Chronic Pain: What are the Consequences and What Can Be Done to Ease Pain?

What is chronic pain? How does it affect older adults and people with disabilities? What are the options for treating chronic pain? Is medical marijuana a viable option and what do we need to know about it for the people we serve. Are there good alternatives to standard pain medications? What does the latest research tell us about avoiding opioid addiction? Hear from a noted central Ohio geriatrician about these questions and more.

-Dr. Meredith Mucha, Physician, OhioHealth Faculty of Geriatrics, Hospice Medical Director   PRESENTATION

With, Not For: Leveraging Community Engaged Design to Address Senior Hunger

Design Impact will share how solving with — not for — community members is making a difference in efforts to address food insecurity in older adults. Over the past year, four food banks across the country have been collaborating with older community members in a senior-centered community engagement process to better address food insecurity among older adults. These older community members came up with ideas and tested them with food banks. You’ll also walk away with practical tools for community engagement so you can try this process with your own organization.

-Michelle Sucher, Senior Social Innovation Specialist, Design Impact  PRESENTATION

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Breakfast and General Session 8:00a –10:00a

Greeting from Ursel McElroy, Director, Ohio Department of Aging

Plenary: Livable Communities and the Age-Friendly Movement

-William Armbruster, Senior Advisor, AARP Livable Communities

AARP Livable Communities supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and rural areas across the country to be great places for people of all ages. Communities should provide safe, walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life. Learn how AARP is supporting livable communities and promoting the World Health Organization Age-Friendly Initiative in states, counties, and cities across the country.

Bill Armbruster manages the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, which is a program within AARP Livable Communities. He has been with AARP since 2000, joining as an associate state director for AARP New York. In that role he served the upstate and western region of the Empire State and was responsible for the development, implementation and assessment for community outreach programming. That body of work included livable and age-friendly communities initiatives, partner development and grassroots volunteer organizing for a 30-county region both near and far from his Rochester home base.

Since 2016 Bill has been traveling frequently and far to communities, conferences and meetings nationwide as a speaker and facilitator for the AARP Livable Communities initative. 

In addition to his work at AARP, Bill has extensive experience in corporate wellness programs, occupational rehabilitation and ergonomics, pain treatment and physical therapy.


Concurrent Workshops III 10:30a – 12:00p

“POP Care” – a Healthcare Model to Improve Health of Homebound Adults and their Pets

Both human and animal patients stand to benefit from an innovative new model of healthcare launched by leaders of The Ohio State University Colleges of Nursing, Veterinary Medicine and Social Work. Learn how the POP Care program borrows from the “One Health” concept endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which suggests that the health of people can be directly connected to the health of the animals and environment around them. This innovative program addresses the health needs of people and their pets, with the goal of improving health outcomes for both.

-Dr. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, Vice President for Health Promotion, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine, The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP
-Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny, MSW, Associate Professor, Research Director of Age-Friendly Communities, College of Social Work
-Dr. Laurie Millward, MS, DACVP, Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences


How to Bring Mental Health First Aid to Your Community

Mental Health First Aid is a national public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. The goal is to make Mental Health First Aid as common as learning CPR. Learn how to access Mental Health First Aid courses in your community, for your staff, and about the efforts to focus on older adults. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

-Jennifer Cox, MA, Director of Training, Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services; National Trainer/Instructor, Mental Health First Aid-USA


Don’t Click on That! Weathering a “Cyber Disaster”

Emergency operations at your agency may not start with stormy weather! Presenters will describe how programs and staff across their organizations were impacted by a major computer virus and share lessons learned from operationalizing during an emergency. How can staff manage day to day without computers during recovery? How can an organization plan to get “back to normal?”

-Erica Drewry, Client Services Director, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
-Abigail Morgan, Senior Vice President, Business Strategy & Performance, Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities


PACE: The Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

The Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) provides comprehensive medical and social services to certain frail, community-dwelling elderly individuals, most of whom are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits. An interdisciplinary team of health professionals provides PACE participants with coordinated care. This program is getting more national attention as a service delivery method for integrated care. Ohio has one PACE with multiple sites in the Cleveland area. Learn about this model of care and what it means for its participants.
-Tangi McCoy, MPA, Chief Executive Officer, McGregor PACE
-Dr. Peter DeGolia, Medical Director, PACE
-Kimberly Henderson, Chief Financial Officer, PACE


So You Want to Start an Age-Friendly Initiative

What does it mean to be an Age-Friendly community, why would your community want to seek an Age-Friendly designation, and how do you go about it? Hear from AARP Ohio, Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County, Age-Friendly Cleveland, and Age-Friendly Clinton County about how the initiative came about in their respective communities and what they are doing to become more Age-Friendly.

-Katie White, Director of Age-Friendly Communities, Columbus and Franklin County
-Mary McNamara, Director, City of Cleveland Department of Aging
-Doug Tayek, Associate State Director for Outreach, AARP Ohio
-Taylor Stuckert, Executive Director, Clinton County Regional Planning
-Moderator: Laura Poskin, Director, United for Seniors & Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh

Closing Lunch and General Session 12:30p – 3:00p

Plenary: Homelessness and the Health Outcomes for Older Adults

-Dr. Margot Kushel, Professor of Medicine, Director of University of California San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations

The number of older Ohioans who are homeless increased 97% from 2012 to 2017. It is a problem Aging and Disability advocates are confronting more and more at the front door of services and in care coordination and management. Dr. Kushel will share her extensive knowledge about reducing the burden of homelessness on health through examining efforts to prevent and end homelessness. She will also discuss mitigating the effects of housing instability on health care outcomes.

Margot Kushel, MD is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and the Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. Margot’s research focuses on reducing the burden of homelessness on health through examining efforts to prevent and end homelessness and mitigating the effects of housing instability on health care outcomes. She uses a variety of research methodologies with an aim towards informing the development of programs and policies to end homelessness via understanding the complex interactions between health and housing. She has a particular interest in homelessness in older adults and homelessness in medically complicated individuals. She is the PI of an NIA funded R01 that developed the HOPE HOME (Health Outcomes in Populations Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle agE) cohort, an ongoing longitudinal cohort study examining the causes and effects of homelessness on adults aged 50 and over in Oakland, CA. She is the Co-PI (with Kelly Knight, PhD) of a companion study examining involvement of families in rehousing older adults experiencing homeless. Passionate about training the next generation of researchers seeking to improve outcomes in vulnerable populations, she is the PI of a K24 award from NIA to mentor junior investigators in aging in vulnerable populations and directs the UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship. Margot works with diverse stakeholders to implement programmatic and policy changes based on her research. She maintains an active clinical practice at ZSFG in both primary care and inpatient medicine.