Online Program

SESSION ABSTRACT: Oregon case study: Collaborating across sectors to increase years of healthy life for older adults

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 5:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.

Lillian Shirley, BSN, MPH, MPA, Oregon Public Health Division, Portland, OR

From 2000 to 2011 Oregon experienced a 25.9% increase of older adults (65+). In 2013, Oregon was selected to participate in the Association of State and Territorial health Officials (ASTHO) healthy aging/public health learning community. The learning community was developed to identify best practices and lessons learned in implementing a comprehensive approach to improve the health of older adults. Oregon identified four different strategies to address their goal of improving the quality of life and increasing years of healthy life by promoting healthy aging. The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division collaborated across sectors including: Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention; Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention; Health Security Preparedness and Response; HIV/STD/TB; Injury and Violence Prevention; Maternal and Child Health; and Women Infants Children (WIC). The four strategies included: (1) establish an Oregon index for healthy aging based on national standards and measures intended to reflect how well Oregon adults are aging; (2) research and identify possible BRFFS questions that can inform a broader healthy aging index; (3) coordinate and collaborate with DHS-Aging & People with Disabilities partners and other partners working on healthy aging in Oregon; (4) Address the entire population across the lifespan in grants to communities – encouraging local collaboration among Area Agencies on Aging and Local Public Health Departments. In this session, Oregon will share lessons learned around the keys to successful partnerships across sectors and comprehensive state-level actions that can be taken to promote healthy aging.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe strategies for successfully partnering across state agencies and sectors to improve the health of older adults and their communities. Explain state health agency’s role in partnering to improve 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: Lillian Shirley, BSN, MPH, MPA is the Director for the Oregon Public Health Division. Ms. Shirley holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She also holds master’s degrees in public health and public administration. Most recently, she led the Multnomah County Health Department. Before coming to Oregon, she was the Director of Public Health for the city of Boston.
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.