Brooke Hollister, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. Her teaching and research focus on aging health and social policy issues including: long term care, Social Security, Medicare, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Alzheimer’s disease supports and services, living healthy and independent with a disability, care transitions, and the use of mHealth and broadband-technology to promote the health and wellness of older adults. Dr. Hollister’s dissertation, Systems Advocacy and the Local Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, examined local LTCOPs in California, New York, and Georgia. She has published two journal articles from this research: “Factors Associated With Perceived Effectiveness of Local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs in New York and California” (Journal of Aging and Health, 2010) and “Local Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Effectiveness and the Measurement of Program Resources” (Journal of Applied Gerontology, 2011). Dr. Hollister is a member of the Administration on Aging funded, National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Technical Advisory Group (TAG). She is a co-editor of Health Policy: Crisis and Reform in the US Health Care Delivery System (6th Ed., 2012), and Social Insurance and Social Justice: Social Security, Medicare and the campaign against entitlements. She has testified before state legislature, and presented at numerous national professional conferences, and press conferences with advocacy organizations (Gray Panthers, California Association of Retired Americans, Senior Action Network, and AARP) and legislators (Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Lynn Woolsey, Susan Davis, and Jim Beall). She also serves as Vice Chair on the National Board of the Gray Panthers, and has been a member since 2004.
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