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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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

Ohio Medicaid UpdatePRESENTATION

  • Roxanne Richardson, Deputy Director of Managed Care, Ohio Department of Medicaid
  • Carol Schenk, MFP Section Chief, Bureau of Clinical Operation, Ohio Department of Medicaid
  • James Tassie, Deputy Director, Project Management and Procurement Implementation, Ohio Department of Medicaid
  • Karla Warren, Integrated Care Manager, Ohio Department of Medicaid
  • Marisa Weisel, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Ohio Department of Medicaid

Aging, Disability, and Acquired Brain Injury – PRESENTATION

  • John D. Corrigan, PhD, Professor, Ohio State University,
  • Monica Lichi, MS, MBA, CCRP, Director, Ohio Brain Injury Program
  • Melissa Gualtieri, RN, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

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

Jump-Starting Your Emotional Intelligence

  • Lucas Tindell, World Class Keynote Speaker

Straight from DC: The Latest National Initiatives on Home and Community-Based Services

  • U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
  • Abigail Duggan, Deputy Legislative Director, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

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

Ethics at the End of Life

  • Marcella Balin

Ageism is No Joke: What the Data Says About Ageism and How to Tell a New Story About Aging

  • Dr. Kate De Medeiros, Professor, O’Toole Family Professorship, Miami University Department of Sociology and Gerontology – PRESENTATION
  • Dr. Dan Van Dussen, Professor, Frank and Nugie DePizzo Endowed Chair of Gerontology and Long-Term Care Administration, Youngstown State University – PRESENTATION
  • Beth Kowalczyk, Chief Policy Officer, Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging – PRESENTATION

The Impact of Social Isolation and Innovative Ways to Address – PRESENTATION

  • Sam McCoy, Sr. Vice President Elder Rights, Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging,
  • Michele Bates, RN, Vice President Consumer & Employee Services, Area Agency on Aging 9
  • Brooke Campbell, BSN, RN, Development & Community Options Division Director, Area Agency on Aging 9
  • Lisa Whitacre, Administrative Assistant Consumer & Employee Services, Area Agency on Aging 9
  • Audrey Caley, Ombudsman Supervisor COS/CPD, Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging

Making the Connection: Transportation Options for Older Adults

  • Beca Sheidler, Vice President of Aging in Place, Area Agency on Aging 3 – PRESENTATION
  • Bryan Black, Transportation Manager, home52 Transportation, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio PRESENTATION
  • Brandi Hesson, Washington County Mobility Manager, Buckeye Hills Regional Council PRESENTATION
  • Christine Happel, Director, Village in the Ville, Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center – PRESENTATION

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

Ethics & Reporting Suspected Animal Abuse

  • Marcella Balin

The Mahoning County Crisis Intervention Program: A Partnership for Success

  • Joe Rossi, CEO, Direction Home of Eastern Ohio
  • Douglas Doyle, LSW, Crisis Intervention and Wellness Manager, Direction Home of Eastern Ohio
  • Judge Robert Rusu, Mahoning County Probate Court

The Direct Care Workforce Shortage: Local Initiatives Aiming to Meet the Need

  • Nicole Khaner, Consumer Service Director, and Dr. Kathy Stevens, Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2 – PRESENTATION
  • Becky Simon, Long Term Care Program Manager, Area Agency on Aging 7 – PRESENTATION
  • Jai’La Nored, Senior Innovation Designer, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Looking Inward and Reaching Out

  • Erica Drewry, Client Service Director, Central Ohio Area Agency on AgingPRESENTATION
  • Regina Russell, Performance Management Lead/Director, Plan4Home and Katina Gaston, Director of Nutrition and Wellness Education and Outreach, Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio – PRESENTATION

Thursday, October 21, 2021

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

Insights from the Leader of Ohio’s Aging Network

  • Ursel McElroy, Director, Department of Aging

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

Consumer Engagement- How to Reach and Better Engage Consumers – PRESENTATION

  • Melissa Gualtieri, RN, Director of Business Development, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
  • Lisa Castro, MSW, LSW Engagement Supervisor, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
  • Amanda Rosenblatt, MSW, LSW Engagement Specialist, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

How AAAs can Support Housing as a Social Determinant of Health

  • Billie Johnson, CEO Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio
  • Duana Patton, CEO Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging,
  • Joe Recchie, CEO, Community Building Partners

Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services Update: Where Are We Now?

  • Sylvia Pla-Raith, Director, Elder Justice Unit, Ohio Attorney General’s Office -PRESENTATION
  • Maridell Couture, Program Officer 3, Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services, Cleveland, Ohio PRESENTATION
  • Heidi Turner, Human Service Program Administrator 3, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services PRESENTATION
  • Trae Turner, Vice President of Community Living, Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging – PRESENTATION

Getting to Broadband Access for All Older Ohioans

  • Sean O’Malley, Broadband consultant for Buckeye Hills Regional Council
  • Angela Thi Bennett, Administrative Director at Digital C

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

Perspectives and Updates from a 2020/21 Health and Aging Policy Fellow

The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of Aligning Social Care with Health Care

  • Tim McNeill RN, MPH, Freedmen’s Health