Vorada worked as the Aging & Adult Services Program Specialist at the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), one of the Area Agencies on Aging in the Seattle, WA/King County area that serves nearly 3,000 homebound clients each year who are mostly limited English-speaking seniors. Vorada is a daughter of Lao refugees who fled Laos during the Vietnam War era and resettled into Minnesota in 1983. She has a rich history in being part of immigrant/refugee communities and volunteering to support health, education, and equity. Since joining ACRS in 2013, she has helped create and develop programs in home care aide retention by securing grants that support caregiver students in King County to meet training and certification requirements. She also builds the capacity of Title XIX Case Management Programs by coordinating trainings to augment the clinical knowledge and skills of social workers. Vorada’s other areas of impact include senior nutrition and congregate meals, mental health, social engagement, physical activity, and helping determine eligibility for seniors applying for Medicaid services. At ACRS, Vorada has played a key role in steering advocacy communications to raise awareness about Asian Pacific Islander seniors’ needs, particularly for the 2013 Governor’s Aging Summit in Washington State to better inform culturally responsive care in legislation.
Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)