How does building design, cross sector partnerships, co-location of services and social engagement create a health community for aging low income residents?
Program Officer - Health and Wellness, Twin Cities Local Initiative Support Corporation
Aging adults who are low income and of color experience significant health disparities and compromised quality of life. Neighborhood based efforts, where the collocation of social engagement opportunities, health providers and physical activities exist, positively impact the health of aging adults. Peer to peer connections, opportunities for providers to share knowledge and elevate their services and the collocation of services translates into improved health, improves services and improved quality of life for the aging.
We will discuss, in-depth, Heritage Park Senior Service Center, a two story, 5,000 sq. ft., facility connected by way of an enclosed link to a memory care facility. The facility, built by Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, is the first in the nation public housing senior service center dedicated to aging adults. The facility includes an adult day program, ¼ mile indoor walking path, porch, fireplace, community space, community garden, etc. This effort a partnership between Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, Augustana Care Corporation, MPHA residents, YMCA, Minneapolis High-rise Council, Neighborhood HealthSource and the Courage Center includes a physical design that address physical, social and medical needs of its residents while promoting collaboration among its providers. The presenter was the Director of the Heritage Park Senior Service Center during its development phase and now supports the project as the Program Officer for Twin Cities LISC.
Learning Areas:Administration, management, leadership
Diversity and culture
Public health administration or related administration
Define steps to establish cross sector partnerships designed to improve health of culturally diverse aging low income adults; coaching staff. Demonstrate the positive impact on health provider and client when physical design and co-location of services exists. Discuss the role of partnerships and building design for purposes of improved health through community development and colocation of services
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the Director of the Heritage Park Senior Service Center during its development phase and now support the project as the Program Officer for Twin Cities LISC. My experiences includes working with cross sector and cross culture partnership development in healthcare, social services and government. With a background in health care, non profit leadership and community development, I've created spaces designed to improve the health of low income, people living disabilities and older adults.
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.