Online Program

Creating an age-friendly city in the nation's capital

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Louis Davis Jr., MPA, Nonprofit Management, District of Columbia State Office, AARP, Washington, DC
James McSpadden, AARP District of Columbia State Office, AARP, Washington, DC
Aging & Public Health

Age-Friendly District of Columbia (AFC-DC) is a public-private partnership that encourages active and healthy living for all residents of the District, but especially those age 50 and older. Improvements are focused on the World Health Organization's eight domains of city life, principle embedded in AARP's Livable Community framework, affecting the health and well-being of persons of every age and ability. The domains are (1) outdoor spaces and buildings, (2) transportation, (3) housing, (4) social participation, (5) respect and social inclusion, (6) civic participation and employment, (7) communication and information, and (8) community support and health services. Being part of the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities allows the District to exchange experiences, information, and models of assessment and implementation through a global network and bank of information on age-friendly best practices. As the advocate and convener, AARP District of Columbia has brokered a partnership with both the legislative and executive branches of the District of Columbia government, 45 faith-based organizations and 17 senior-service providers thus far to launch the planning phase of the multi-year initiative. Partnerships with local chambers of business, and colleges and universities are in negotiation now. AARP brings over 53 years of vast knowledge and advocacy in issues affecting the lives of people 50+ to the process. AARP has 87,000 AARP Members living in the District of Columbia.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the role of AARP as convener and advocate in building a broad coalition to influence the planning, policy and funding directions of local government and private sectors toward a shared vision of creating an age-friendly city.

Keyword(s): Aging, Self-sufficiency and Empowerment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Louis C. Davis, Jr. (author) leads a team in establishing AARP as the champion for people 50+ in the District of Columbia. Author has over 20 years of political outreach and grassroots organization experience across Chicago, IL, New York City Washington, DC. In 2006, he received an award from the National AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families, for his 1993 legislative work to fund Title IV of the Ryan White CARE Act.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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