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What's Happening with the Center of Excellence to Align Health and Social Care?

Since USAging received the award to create a new Center of Excellence to Align Health and Social Care (CoE) this fall, we’ve started our education work on the role of Community Care Hubs (CCHs) in communities and states, built our team and more. Welcome to our new Director, Paul Cantrell, and Senior Program Manager, Carol Bennett! Maya Op de Beke, Senior Program Manager with our Aging and Disability Business Institute, will continue her work on the CCH National Learning Community.
 
We’ve also been working closely with ACL and Mission Analytics on the 2023-2024 CCH National Learning Community, in particular the Community Care Hub 101 Learning Series in November and December. To catch up on this four-part overview of the work of CCHs, watch the recordings.
 
Finally, we are developing the Request for Proposals (RFP) for funding for existing and new Community Care Hubs, which will be a critical part of the Center’s work. We have been working with ACL to develop the RFP and ensure that it closely and logically aligns with the CCH evaluation process that ACL is undertaking.
 
Watch your email in January for more information about this funding opportunity.

#USAgingHere4You: Ginny Biggar

Ginny Biggar joined USAging in April 2023 as Director, Marketing and Community Outreach for the Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative (ADVC) and currently serves as Interim Director, Communications. In her role, Ginny leads communications efforts for USAging, including national campaigns to elevate and support the work of the ADVC and Eldercare Locator.
 
Before joining USAging, Ginny worked at UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, a national policy and research organization in Washington, DC, where she managed advocacy coalitions, led the research program, and elevated the stories of people living with dementia and their care partners. Ginny became involved in the aging and disability field through her family experience.
 
“My father had MS for decades. So, caregiving is in my DNA. My work at UsAgainstAlzheimer’s brought together my knowledge of caregiving, interest in chronic neurological diseases and communications experience. My role at USAging is a natural transition to a broader focus on aging and disability.”
 
Since Ginny has been at USAging, she has seen how impressively effective USAging members’ community-based solutions are for older adults and people with disabilities. For her, the ADVC is the perfect example of this,  USAging plays a critical role in leading and supporting grantees and grantees then tailor approaches for reaching people in their communities with vaccine education and outreach.
 
The best part of her experience at USAging so far has been working with people who are incredibly talented, committed and professional. In addition, she loves how the work positively impacts the lives of people who are often overlooked or don’t have consistent access to supports and services. She’s hoping she can help members get the word out about the amazing work they do, and ensure they have the materials and resources they need to connect with people in their communities.
 
“I’ve seen the myriad ways a chronic illness can affect a family. And I’m grateful to be able to work on programs at USAging that support independence and higher quality of life for older adults, people with disabilities and their families.”
 
In her free time, Ginny enjoys playing tennis, field hockey and ice hockey. Her favorite movie is This is Spinal Tap and, most recently, Barbie. Her favorite podcast is “Smartless” and right now she’s reading My Ántonia by Willa Cather.
 
If you have questions about USAging communications, feel free to contact Ginny at vbiggar@usaging.org.  

New Topics Announced for the 2024 Aging Policy Briefing, Register Today!

The Aging Policy Briefing returns to DC on March 12-13, 2024, for its 30th anniversary. Make sure to register today to reserve your spot!
 
You’ll hear the latest on critical policy topics for AAAs, including the 2024 OAA reauthorization, health IT, housing and homelessness, HCBS, and policy solutions for social isolation and loneliness among older adults. 
  
The first day includes USAging’s Aging and Disability Business Institute pre-conference intensive where you will learn how CMS regulatory updates, data standards and health information exchange efforts are shaping new opportunities and challenges in improving health outcomes and building responsive integrated care systems. We’re also adding a new intensive this year to help advocates get ready to take to the Hill—and that add-on is free for USAging members! 
 
Click here to register and reserve your hotel room!  

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USAging Fact: Learn about your peers’ work—and how it can fit into your agency’s goals! The AIA Awards recognizes successful and innovative programs that USAging members have developed to serve older adults. Get inspiration from our 2023 winners!