The policy committee of the Aging and Public Health Section drafted and proposed the policy statement, Supporting Public Health’s Role in Addressing Unmet Needs in Serious Illness and at the End of Life.
The statement was was approved by APHA's Governing Council during the Annual Meeting. Public health and palliative approaches to care
— Considering the growing burden of life-limiting and chronic disease among older adults, calls for public health-based prevention strategies to improve overall population and gerontological health. To achieve such goals, calls for moving beyond traditional medical practices and using public health policy to foster intersectoral collaboration, innovation and models of patient-centered palliative care. Calls for increasing access to palliative care, supporting development of the palliative care workforce, conducting public education on the right to palliative care and pain management, and funding for additional research.Click here
for more information on the APHA policy process.
Members of the Aging and Public Health section gather for the annual Business Meeting. Outgoing Chair, Lené Levy-Storms conducted the meeting.
During the meeting, members discussed the progress of the section over the last year and heard from APHA Staff on the new brand.
Mary Beth Morrissey, head of the policy committee for the Aging and Public Health Section, speaks about policy statement A-5, Supporting Public Health’s Role in Addressing Unmet Needs in Serious Illness and at the End of Life.
The statement received support from the Community Health Policy and Planning section, the Public Health Nursing Section,
The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, Monday, November 4, 4:30-6:00pm
Join the Aging and Public Health Section for a panel to discuss the new Public Health Road Map from the Alzheimer’s Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Aging Program. The session will introduce the Road Map – a guide for what public health can do to address cognitive health, Alzheimer’s disease, and the needs of caregivers – the conceptual framework behind the document, and key action steps that can be taken. Panelists will each take a component of the framework and provide examples that illustrate how public health partners can implement the Road Map and integrate its priorities into their work.
Panelists include Lynda Anderson, Director of the CDC Healthy Aging Program; Sharon Moffatt, Chief Program Officer, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO); Elizabeth Edgerly of the Alzheimer’s Association Northern California/Northern Nevada Chapter; and David Hoffman of the New York State Department of Health.
The Aging & Public Health 2013 Fall Newsletter
is now available!
You can find the following articles in the newsletter:
- Notes from the Chair and Editor
- We are on Social Media!
- Update: Aging & Public Health Section Policy Statement
- Road Map Offers Actions for Public Health Community and Partners to Address Cognitive Health, Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregivers
- One in Eight Older Adults Report Increased Memory Loss; Few Talk to Doctor
- The Collaborative for Palliative Care Announces its Annual Palliative Care Conference
- New Public Health Journal
- Getting Smart about Sex
- Get Involved!
- Development of New Reporting Guidelines for Social and Psychological Interventions
- Member Notes
The APHA Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts is almost upon us! This year, we will be live-sharing from Boston all the exciting things that will be happening with our Section via our social media platforms. If you haven't already, like us, follow us, and bookmark us for real-time updates from the meeting!
- Like us on Facebook
- Follow us on Twitter @APHAaging and use hashtag #APHAaging2013 to tweet about the meeting
- And don't forget to RSVP for our Section networking dinner on Sunday, November 3. Space is limited!
New PBS NewsHour Piece on Aging in Place
Podcast Explores Years of Healthy Long Life
- Last week PBS NewsHour featured the second segment in its "Taking Care" series, focusing on aging in the community. Viewers were encouraged to visit the NewsHour site and share their personal experiences with this important component of aging with dignity and independence.
- A study indicates that how many of your remaining years will be healthy as a senior citizen varies according to who you are and where you live. Find the postcase here.
Have other news or research to share? Email Catherine Morrison
The Collaborative for Palliative Care announces its April 3 and 4, 2014 annual conference in New York,
“The Art and Science of Palliative Care: Where Medicine, Market and Meaning Meet”
The Collaborative for Palliative Car
e is a broad-based consortium of over 50 public and private organizations including hospitals, universities, hospices, home care organizations, medical groups and social service providers dedicated to the understanding of palliative care and end of life issues. The Collaborative convenes an annual conference, bringing together speakers who are well known nationally and have made significant contributions to the field of palliative care. This interdisciplinary conference is attended by over 450 professionals from a variety of settings, including physicians, social workers, nurses, chaplains, lawyers, health care managers, ethicists, educators and others.
The conference will include a half day focused primarily on research on Thursday, April 3rd at the Fordham University Westchester campus in West Harrison, NY (2 pm to 7:30 pm), and a full day of keynote presentations and workshops on Friday, April 4th at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY.
The Collaborative invites clinical and non-clinical professionals, academics, researchers, administrators, planners, ethicists and others who may be involved in the field of palliative and end-of-life care, or allied public health, health and mental health fields, to submit proposals.
Submissions may be made online by going directly to Survey Monkey by using this link or to our website:www.cpcwestchester.org
The deadline for papers and workshop submissions is Friday, October 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM. Conference Theme
Amidst monumental changes in the economics and delivery of health care, practitioners and policy makers are challenged to make palliative care an integral part of services to patients and their families in all health care settings. This conference strives to integrate both the art of palliative care—the meaning for providers, patients and caregivers—as well the science of palliative care which examines evidenced-based practices, treatment approaches and models of care. Participants will learn about strategies and tools to advance palliative care for chronically and seriously ill individuals and their families.Focus of Papers and Workshop Proposals
We invite papers and workshop proposals that reflect the conference’s theme, “The Art and Science of Palliative Care: Where Medicine, Market and Meaning Meet”. The workshop content may be about clinical practice, policy and/or research or address the provision of palliative care across health settings.
The proposals may be discipline-specific (e.g. physicians, social workers, nurses, chaplains) or may be focused on interdisciplinary approaches. Proposals about interagency partnerships are welcome, as are proposals that focus on advances in palliative care; disease-specific programs or palliative care initiatives in diverse settings such as hospitals, sub-acute/ long term care facilities medical group practices and the community. Proposals can be structured based on one of the following format: skill-building, discussion or presentation. Whenever possible, workshops should incorporate clinical examples, case studies or current research.
Linda Kincaid, MPH
has been advocating for personal rights of conservatees’ (wards of the court). On August 17, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB937, which amends California’s Probate Code to clarify that conservatees have the right to visitation, phone calls, and personal mail. The bill was introduced in response to isolation abuse of Carol Hahn and Gisela Riordan, two elderly women who were isolated from loved ones for extended periods of time. Those case studies were discussed in Kincaid’s paper Conservatorship in Crisis
. Kincaid was an invited speaker before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
On October 1, Kincaid will be an invited expert at the NCPEA First National Forum on Polyvictimization in Later Life.
On October 3, Kincaid will present a workshop on Chemical Restraint: Elder Abuse in Long-term Care
at the National Adult Protective Services Association Conference. Then at the APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition, Kincaid will present two posters: Civil rights: Life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness into the golden years
and California conservatorship: A system in crisis
Kincaid became an elder rights advocate in 2010, when her mother was a victim of abuse. Kincaid soon began advocating for other victims of abuse, including victims of the Santa Clara County Public Guardian. Spurred by media coverage and a Civil Grand Jury report, Santa Clara County now encourages socialization of conservatees rather than isolation. Kincaid’s goal is to bring similar reforms to case management across the country.
View local news coverage of Linda's work here
People living with long-term functional limitations are very familiar with the influence of the environment on their lives. Physical structure can either restrict or support the individual’s full participation in society. The influence of these environmental factors can vary by the requirements of the participation role or its physical location, by individual goals and choices, by type of basic action difficulty causing the functional limitations and other characteristics of the person such as age, gender and race. Many of the theoretical models of environmental impact on disability organize their approaches at two different levels, the individual and the societal levels. The immediate environment of the individual, including settings such as the home (reflecting the immediate family), the formal or informal workplace, places of worship, locations of civic participation, and other similar settings which surround the individual create micro systems in which the individual is personally involved. The societal level of environment relates to the structure and organization of larger social and cultural systems in the community that provide a variety of services for everyone such as protection, shelter, food sources, education, entertainment, and health care for the total population. These include transportation systems, policing and emergency systems, forms of product distribution and health care systems.
The objective of this volume of Research in Social Science and Disability is to address the environmental issues that support or restrict the participation of persons with functional limitations in society, thus potentially creating their disability either at the micro or macro level.
We are soliciting articles that address development of an understanding of environmental patterns that contribute to the supports or restrictions that a person with a limitation experiences. The following are only a few suggested areas of focus:
- The nature of environment patterns created by social systems such as policing, transportation, resource distribution, etc.
- Examination of the kind of norms that impact environments.
- The kinds of participation that are most restricted by environmental factors.
- The nature of the relationship between micro factors and macro factors in specific environmental areas such as travel, shopping, community participation and others.
- Examination of the various methods of measurement of environmental factors at the individual or social levels of environment. Are there gaps in measurement either by type of limitation, subjective or objective questions, random sampling vs non-random sampling or other factors?
- Cross-disability comparisons of environmental barriers or supports and their effects on participation.
- Cross-national comparisons of the types of barrier or supports that exist that effect participation, particularly participation in obtaining work roles or in the worksites themselves.
- Areas of participation that have seen the most improvement because of improvement in environmental factors. Or, are all areas of participation equally influenced by environmental context? What participation areas need the most environmental support?
Please note: This volume series has an interdisciplinary focus on social science research. Because of that, it is very important that authors avoid the jargon of their discipline and write to an audience knowledgeable about disability issues but who may not be as familiar with discipline-specific terminology.
Submissions are due no later than January 15, 2014 and should be sent to BOTH Barbara Altman, email@example.com
and Sharon Barnartt,firstname.lastname@example.org
, co-editors of the series. If you have questions about this call for papers, please contact Barbara – email@example.com
Here is the link to the publisher’s style guidelines: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/ebookseries/author_guidelines.htm