The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our healthcare system and professionals like nothing we have seen in our lifetimes. Health and Aging Policy Fellows, both past and present, are no exception. In the face of this adversity, our Fellows have risen to this vital moment in our history and continue to provide care and expertise when it is especially needed.
In January 2020, the American Society on Aging (ASA) began a Q&A series with well-regarded leaders in aging. In his interview, Bob Blancato – a longtime National Advisory Board member and mentor for the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program – mentioned our program and discussed why HAPF and programs like it are so valuable for fostering successful leadership in the field of aging. Click here to read the full interview!
On behalf of the National Program Office, we would like wish you a very happy 2020, and express our sincerest gratitude to all of you for your continued support of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. Click here for more information about the Current Fellows, the Spring Policy Symposium, and the 2020-2021 Call for Applications: HAPF January 2020 Newsletter.
As in previous years, the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program was active and well-represented at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting on November 13-17, 2019. In collaboration with The John A. Hartford Foundation, HAPF hosted a reception on Thursday, November 14th, where attendees had the opportunity to meet past and present HAP Fellows and learn more about the program, and to congratulate Terry Fulmer, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation, as recipient of this year’s Donald P. Kent Award for her outstanding leadership in gerontology. HAPF also had its annual booth set up, organized by Fei Sun (2017-2018 Fellow) and staffed by many of our wonderful Fellows on each day of the conference. Our sincerest thanks to all for another year of important contributions and engagement at GSA!
Health and Aging Policy Fellows come from diverse professional disciplines and are at early, mid and senior stages of career. Their unifying passion is a commitment to learning about how to connect their work to the world of policy to have greater impact improving the lives of older adults. Many of our Fellows are showcasing their work at this year’s GSA Scientific Meeting on November 13-17, 2019 in Austin, TX. Click here for a full schedule of Fellows’ activities at this year’s conference!
Dr. Judy Zerzan, 2008-2009 fellow, has been appointed Health Care Authority’s (HCA) chief medical officer. The chief medical officer leads HCA’s clinical policy decision-making, and helps ensure HCA’s decisions lead to high-quality care for the more than 2 million Washington residents for whom the agency purchases health care. She has extensive experience in designing and implementing benefits, specifically in Medicaid programs, and was instrumental in implementing the Affordable Care Act in Colorado.
Dr. Jennifer Wolff, 2013-2014 fellow, expert on aging and caregiving, has been named the third Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Wolff’s research focuses on the care of older persons with complex health needs and disabilities, particularly the role of family caregivers in the interactions of older adults with the medical community.
Wednesday May 16, 2018, Hotel Palomar, Washington, DC
“Successful Aging – Challenges for Policymaking in The Real World” was the theme of this years Spring Symposium in Washington. Four key sessions covering: culture and politics; housing; dementia and long term care; and bolstering community capacity set the scene for some lively discussions and workshops throughout the day.
We would like to share a brief update on our current fellows’ placements and other recent activities of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows program. Now in its 10th year, the program provides professionals in health and aging with financial support, career opportunities, and expanded networks to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans.