A Conversation with Rubi Ho

Rubi Ho, with The Rubi Ho Group, is back by popular demand to enlighten the Aging and Disability Network during these challenging times. Rubi Ho is a well-regarded strategic and organizational leadership consultant, celebrated author, and founder and architect of the Strategic, Agile, Organizational health and Leadership (SAOL™) methodology andand certification program. He will share relevant and practical advice from his recently released book, The ‘Thrival’ Guide to Work and Life: How to Win in Both.

A panel of staff from various regions of the state led by Duana Patton, CEO of Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5 and Board President, o4a.  Your real time questions will make the session interactive and informative. You don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Racial Healing and Racial Health Inequities

The COVID 19 pandemic heightened our awareness of health inequities. African Americans ages 65 to 74 died of COVID-19 five times as often as white people. In the 75-to-84 group, the death rate for Black people was 3½ times greater. Among those 85 and older, Black people died twice as often.

Dr. Gail C. Christopher is an award-winning change agent widely recognized for designing holistic strategies for social change. She is the former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W K Kellogg Foundation and past Executive Director of The Institute for Government Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr. Christopher is a popular speaker on the issues of race and racial healing because of her knowledge of how to bring about positive change.

The CEO of the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio and nationally recognized Billie Johnson will moderate the session providing context from her many years serving in Ohio’s Aging and Disability Network.

Lunch and Laugh

Motivational Humorist, Kay Frances, has shared her message to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” in 49 states and Canada for over 30 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a degree in Health and Education. When it comes to humor, Kay is the “real deal” having performed as a professional standup comedian for many years and appearing on a number of national television and radio programs. Additionally, Kay is the author of The Funny Thing about Stress; A Seriously Humorous Guide to a Happier Life.

Age and Care with Dignity

Josephine Kalipeni, Director of Policy and Partnerships with Caring Across Generations, will share Caring Across Generations’ latest national and state initiatives to promote policies that support both older adults and people with disabilities who need care, and the families and professional caregivers who care for them. This work is needed to bring our caregiving infrastructure into the 21st century, so everyone can age and care with dignity. Ms. Kalipeni’s expertise includes grassroots and faith organizing, consumer engagement, and equity policy in health, education, and international affairs. She initially worked in family crisis case management and social work, experiencing the hardships of families navigating broken systems.

National and State Leaders Speak

Rounding out an exciting day of exceptional speakers, we will hear from our national and state leaders: Lance Robertson, Administrator for the Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary  for  Aging, and Ursel McElroy, Director of the Ohio Department of Aging. Do not miss this opportunity to hear the latest information and submit your questions for real-time responses on what is happening on the federal and state levels to address the many issues facing the Aging and Disability Network during this unprecedented COVID 19 pandemic.