ODPHP Announces Panelists and Agenda for 2021 Healthy Aging Symposium

The 2021 Healthy Aging Symposium kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on September 8, 2021, and it’s not too late to register for this free virtual event.

In addition to the keynotes and roundtable speakers, the symposium will include 5 panels focused on the domains of Healthy People’s social determinants of health framework.

As co-hosts of the symposium, ODPHP and Trust for America’s Health are delighted to share the unique perspectives and expertise that these researchers, local and state health officers, aging directors, and policymakers bring to the field of healthy aging.

Day 1: September 8, 2021

1:00 – 1:35 p.m. ET: Welcome and Keynote Address

  • Xavier Becerra, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Deborah Carr, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Boston University

1:35 – 2:30 p.m. ET: Plenary Roundtable — Equity in Aging: The Impact of Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET: Social and Community Context Panel

  • Alexis D. Travis, PhD, Senior Deputy Director, Public Health Administration, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
  • Sara A. Link, MS, Director, No Wrong Door, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
  • Lauren Pongan, MA, National Director, Diverse Elders Coalition
  • Carol Moehrle, RN, BSN, District Director, Public Health, Idaho North Central District
  • Moderator: Megan Wolfe, JD, Senior Policy Development Manager, Trust for America's Health

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET: Networking and Micro-training Break

The symposium’s on-demand micro-training videos offer science-based information on key healthy aging issues including ageism, caregiving, healthy eating, and physical activity.

  • David Bass, PhD, Senior Vice President, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
  • Janet de Jesus, MS, RD, Nutrition Advisor, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • LCDR Katrina Piercy, PhD, RD, ACSM-CEP, FACSM, Acting Director, Division of Prevention Science, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Patricia D’Antonio, BSPharm, MS, MBA, BCGP, Vice President, Policy and Professional Affairs, Program Director, Reframing Aging Initiative, The Gerontological Society of America

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET: Economic Stability Panel

  • Christine Kieffer, Senior Director, FINRA Investor Education Foundation
  • John W. Rowe, MD, Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Pamela B. Teaster, PhD, MA, MS, Professor and Director, Center for Gerontology, Virginia Tech
  • Moderator: Percy Devine, III, Regional Administrator, Region VIII Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET: Health Care Access and Quality Panel

  • Katrina Kyle, Health and Wellness Statewide Coordinator, Education and Outreach Office, Pennsylvania Department of Aging
  • Michael Adams, CEO, SAGE - Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders
  • Michael Malone, MD, Medical Director, Aurora Senior Services and Aurora at Home
  • Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH, Director, Care Innovation, Eskenazi Health
  • Moderator: Keri Lipperini, MPA, Director, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Program, Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living

6:00 p.m. ET: Closing Remarks

Day 2: September 9, 2021

1:00 – 1:35 p.m. ET: Welcome and Keynote Address

  • Rachel Levine, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Anshu Banerjee, MD, PhD, MPH, Director, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health & Ageing, World Health Organization

1:35 – 2:30 p.m. ET: Plenary Roundtable — Innovations in Aging: Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Rural, Frontier, and Tribal Communities

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET: Networking and Micro-training Break

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET: Neighborhood and Built Environment Panel

  • Lawrence D. Frank, PhD, CIP, Professor Urban Studies and Planning, UCSD, and President, Urban Design 4 Health, Inc.
  • Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN, Patricia M. Davidson Health Equity and Social Justice Endowed Professor, Director, Center on Innovative Care in Aging, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Joint Appointment with the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of Strategic Partnerships, CAPABLE Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Emily Mosites, PhD MPH, Epidemiologist, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Moderator: Betsy Rosenfeld, JD, Regional Health Administrator - Region 1, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Regional Health Operations, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET: Education Access and Quality Panel

  • Joseph Gaugler, PhD, Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging, Director, Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, Director, BOLD Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Caregiving, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • Lisa Meinert, BA, AFA, Certified Dementia Care Partner Program Coordinator, Care Partner Collaborative, Orange County Department on Aging
  • Cecelia Thomas, JD, Senior Government Relations Manager, Trust for America's Health
  • Mona AuYoung, PhD, MS, MPH, Associate Director, Community Engagement, Scripps Hub Clinical and Translational Science Award
  • Moderator: Lisa McGuire, PhD, Lead Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

5:00 p.m. ET: Closing Remarks

Each panel will be followed by a short question and answer session, giving symposium attendees the opportunity to interact with the panelists.

Don’t miss the chance to hear from these and other healthy aging leaders — register for the symposium today. To stay up to date on the latest information about the symposium, including additional speakers, sign up for email updates on Healthy Aging.

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