n4a Teams Up with Boston University to Create n4a University

n4a Members Will Receive Discounted Pricing on Certificate Programs through the Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER) at Boston University
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and the Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER) at Boston University announced a partnership to create n4a University. Featuring online training programs designed to meet the needs of Area Agencies on Aging, Title VI programs and their provider networks, the program uses a validated, skill-based curriculum to develop the knowledge and skills of staff working for organizations in the Aging Network.

In order to provide n4a members with the right tools at the right price, this program will offer discounted pricing for all n4a members and provide flexible training programs to meet the needs of various staff within the Network. Certificate programs offered through n4a University include:

• Foundation in Aging and Disabilities
• ADRC/Options Counseling
• Care Management and Care Coordination
• Behavioral Health and Values
• Ethics in Aging and Disabilities

“Training received through n4a University will help ensure AAAs and Title VI programs have the resources they need to help their employees meet the needs of a rapidly-growing aging population and an increasingly complex system of services to meet their needs,” said Sandy Markwood, CEO, n4a.

Currently, the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging is one of many AAAs participating in training programs from CADER, and both their staff members and members of partnering agencies completed three core courses and two special trainings.

“All participants have indicated that the information provided through the CADER courses has been very good and helpful in understanding both aging issues and issues facing people with disabilities,” said Barbara Eskildsen, Executive Director, Western Illinois AAA, Rock Island, Illinois. “They feel that it provides a very good foundation for their work within our Aging and Disability Network. The curriculum is very clear, concise, and easily understood.”

CADER has been offering courses and training for over 12 years, during this time over 50,000 professionals who work in the fields of aging, disability and community living have completed courses through CADER, including over 20,000 from Area Agencies on Aging.

“We are very pleased to be a part of this collaboration with n4a to create n4a University,” said Scott Miyake Geron, Director of CADER. “I believe this program will contribute to strengthening the workforce in the Aging Network at a time of rapid policy and service delivery changes.”

The Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER) at Boston University is n4a's newest partner. n4a works with organizations from a variety of sectors to offer n4a members discounts and special access to services and products that will help them achieve their missions. All n4a collaborations are vetted and approved by the n4a Board of Directors.

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