Online Program

SESSION ABSTRACT: 2014-2015 ASTHO President's Challenge: Healthy Aging: Living Longer Better

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 5:10 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA, Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford, CT

Recognizing the importance of the growing older adult population, this session will focus on the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) 2014-2015 President’s Challenge: Healthy Aging: Living Longer Better. The goal is to promote the health of older adults by collaborating across sectors to implement evidence-based strategies for increasing the number of older adults who can live and age well in our communities. The President’s Challenge platform reflects a comprehensive approach, highlighted in the National Prevention Strategy (NPS), and also includes monitoring and evaluation/surveillance and caregiving. In an effort to create a system/infra-structure where older adults can live and age well in their communities, State Health Officials across the country are pledging to elevate healthy aging in their states, by partnering with at least one new or renewed partner in implementing at least one NPS strategy. To date 29 Health Officials in 27 states and 2 territories have pledged, implementing strategies ranging from increasing physician screening for dementia to identifying gaps in services for caregivers. This session will highlight these strategies and the cross-sector partnerships that are key to their implementation.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe strategies for successfully partnering across state agencies and sectors to improve the health of older adults and their communities. Identify key recommendations for the role of public health and public health agencies in improving the health of older adults and their communities.

Keyword(s): Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: President Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA is current ASTHO President and Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Prior to joining the department in 2010, Dr. Mullen was Director of the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, leading the department’s divisions of Prevention and Wellness, Violence and Injury Prevention, and Primary Care and Health Access, and an Office of Statistics and Evaluation.
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.