Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services celebrated 50 years of services by convening a Future of Aging forum in October.
The forum brought together industry leaders from the medical, aging, advocacy, political, and community-based services fields to discuss emerging trends and best practices to help stakeholders build a better future of aging.
“Today, our focus really is how we can all work together to create and strengthen the future of aging in our communities,” said SCES Board President Leslie Hergert.
The keynote discussion at the forum focused on advancing health, equity, and independence. Moderated by Olivia Umoren from USAging, the panelists were:
Robyn I. Stone, DrPH
SVP of Research
LeadingAge LTSS Center at UMASS Boston
Caitlin E. Coyle, PhD
Director, Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging
Manuel Lopes, MBA
Health Equity Compact
Also speaking during this segment were:
- SCES Board President Leslie Hergert
- SCES CEO Marta Corvelo
- Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary, Dr. Elizabeth Chen
- Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Undersecretary for Health, Dr. Kiame Mahaniah
The breakout session “Driving Innovation through Social and Health Care Partnerships” explored the intersection of innovation, social and healthcare partnerships, and the population health needs of aging in place.
Moderated by Marisa Scala-Foley of USAging, the panelists were:
Marisa Scala-Foley, MGS
Director, Aging and Disability Business Institute
Guy Fish, MD, MBA
President and CEO
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
Amelia Bedri, MHSA
Senior Content Engineer
National Committee for Quality Assurance
Cassie Cramer, LICSW
Older Adult Behavioral Health Network (OABHN)
MA Association for Mental Health
Jennifer Raymond, JD, MBA
Chief Strategy Officer
Hany Abdelaal D.O.
President of Clinical Services
Commonwealth Care Alliance