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#USAgingHere4You: Marisa Scala-Foley

Marisa Scala-Foley joined USAging in May 2018 and serves as the Director of the Aging and Disability Business Institute, which builds the capacity of AAAs, aging and disability community-based organizations (CBOs) and networks of AAAs and CBOs to partner and contract with health care providers and payers.
 
Marisa came to USAging from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) where she served for eight years as Director of the Office of Integrated Care Innovations in the Center for Integrated Programs, managing the agency's efforts to build the capacity of state and community-based organizations for delivery system reform. Prior to joining ACL, Marisa helped found and lead the National Council on Aging's Center for Benefits Access.
 
“I've spent my entire career in the field of aging on issues related to health care and long-term services and supports. As a teenager I volunteered at a local nursing home in my hometown in New Jersey. That led me to pursue an undergraduate certificate from the College of the Holy Cross in MA and a master's degree in Gerontology from Miami University in OH.”
 
Since joining USAging, the most important lesson Marisa has learned is that the Aging Network and our members are always growing and changing, and there is always more to learn so that we can better support our members and the people whom they serve.  
 
“Our team at the Business Institute would love our members to think about and plan for their agency's future through partnerships and contracting with health care payers and providers.”
 
Marisa says that she is “a sucker for a bad disaster movie” and her favorite book of all time is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Currently, she is listening to Evvie Drake Starts Over and finds it hysterically funny!
 
To learn more about the Business Institute visit www.aginganddisabilitybusinessinstitute.org, email businessinstitute@usaging.org or consider contacting Marisa and her team. 
 
USAging's Aging and Disability Business Institute Team

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