In celebration and recognition of Pride Month, The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased to share a resource from SAGE (Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders) called the “Welcome to Pride” initiative. Continue reading
A new report provides improved perspective and data on the increasing racial and ethnic diversity of Greater Boston, which is especially important as communities in that region work to create inclusive Age- and Dementia Friendly environments. Continue reading
The Diverse Elders Coalition recently launched a new online survey for family caregivers in communities of color, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.
The Caregiving Community Survey is an opportunity for anyone providing care for an aging spouse, partner, parent, grandparent, other relative, neighbor, or friend to anonymously share their experiences and help the Diverse Elders Coalition develop tools and resources to better meet the needs of our communities. Continue reading
A new National Center on Law and Elder Rights “PRACTICE TIP” offers advice to advocates and counselors working with Limited English Proficient (LEP) older adults to better assert their language access rights. Continue reading
The following background and issue brief from the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation promotes cultural competency training for aging service providers on the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults.
Though the world has gotten more tolerant toward people who identify as LGBTQ, significant fear and barriers still exist in the health system, particularly for LGBTQ older adults. When you couple this fear with providers ill-equipped to handle the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults, you have a health system that allows these consumers to fall through the cracks.
To help address some of these barriers, the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation has put together a new issue brief, authored by staff members at SAGE, about the importance of training aging service providers on the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults and on meeting those needs in a culturally competent manner. This brief describes SAGE’s cultural competency training program and shares a case study of how this training helped one large provider organization, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY).
The Center also produced a video in collaboration with SAGE in 2017, “The Main Thing: Respect,” which includes older adults in this population sharing their perspectives on this topic.
Age-Friendly Universities (AFU) are an opportunity to address ageism by making campuses more inclusive of older adults and offering mentoring that benefits young and old, but the designation also provides a chance to collaborate with communities seeking to become Age-Friendly themselves. Continue reading
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the launch of the Age Strong Commission, formerly known as the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly, at his annual State of the City address. The new name reflects the City’s efforts to make Boston inclusive, accessible and positive for people as they age. Continue reading
The Community Health Training Institute is excited to bring you all a brand new, immersive training opportunity with our Health Equity Cohort.
The Training Institute is actively seeking thirty strong applicants working to implement health equity initiatives in their communities in Massachusetts to learn and grow together.