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Washington Summit to Focus on Healthy Aging

At the Innovations in Healthy Aging Summit, scholars and leaders in the aging field will explore how to best serve the needs of an older population.
The Innovations in Healthy Aging Summit will feature panels on topics concerning the needs of an older population, including telehealth to improve aging in place; fraud, abuse and consumer protection; aging well; and aging trends and perspectives.

Washington Summit to Focus on Healthy Aging

What: Innovations in Healthy Aging 2022 Summit: Bridging Academia and Industry
When: Wednesday, June 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT
Where: University of Arizona Center for Outreach and Collaboration, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 500, Washington, D.C., and online. A livestream link will be sent to those registering to participate online.

To confirm attendance or to schedule interviews, contact Annisa Westcott at annisa@arizona.edu or 520-626-8447.

University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers and other leaders in the field of aging will discuss health care, legal and environmental issues as they relate to meeting the needs of a diverse, aging population on June 8 at the "Innovations in Healthy Aging 2022 Summit: Bridging Academia and Industry” in Washington.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by Innovations in Healthy Aging, a strategic initiative of UArizona Health Sciences, with the support of Baker Donelson, the Maryland Federal Bar Association and Aging with Edge. Registration is required.

Kathleen Insel, PhD, RN, is a professor and chair of the Biobehavioral Health Science Division in the UArizona College of Nursing and director of Innovations in Healthy Aging.

“The summit seeks to create collaborative partnerships between academia and industry to support high impact research and link educational pathways to workforce needs,” said Kathleen Insel, PhD, RN, director of Innovations in Healthy Aging and interim dean of the UArizona College of Nursing.

Three panel discussions will explore various topics surrounding aging, including: how to leverage telehealth to improve aging in place; fraud, abuse and consumer protection in long-term care; and aging well for all. A fireside chat will discuss research on aging that is being supported by Innovations in Healthy Aging, the principles of an Age-Friendly University, education for the workforce of the future, and the launch of the Innovations in Healthy Aging Advisory Council. 

“The summit is designed to foster conversation across academia, government and industry to address gaps between higher education and what is needed in the field,” said Tara Sklar, JD, MPH, faculty senior advisor to Innovations in Healthy Aging and professor of health law in the UArizona James E. Rogers College of Law. “It is the first of many opportunities to discuss how we can leverage our collective resources.”

The panelists include:

  • Mindy Fain, MD, associate director for education, care and community research, Innovations in Healthy Aging; professor and chair, Department of Medicine, chief, Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Care, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson; co-director, UArizona Center on Aging
  • Tara Sklar, JD, MPH, is a professor at the UArizona James E. Rogers College of Law and faculty senior advisor for Innovations in Healthy Aging.Kathleen Insel, PhD, RN, director, Innovations in Healthy Aging; professor and interim dean, UArizona College of Nursing; associate director of strategies and development, UArizona Center on Aging
  • Esther Sternberg, MD, associate director for biomedical and environmental research, Innovations in Healthy Aging; professor, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson; director of research, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine; founding director, Institute on Place, Wellbeing and Performance; member, BIO5 Institute
  • Tara Sklar, JD, MPH, faculty senior advisor, Innovations in Healthy Aging and Arizona Telemedicine Program; Associate Scholar, UArizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Sarah Hall, JD, shareholder, Epstein Becker & Green PC, former federal prosecutor, Department of Justice
  • Arun Rao, JD, deputy assistant attorney general, Department of Justice
  • Zak Shirley, JD, director, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Bruce Lederman, JD, president and CEO, Charles E. Smith Life Communities
  • Allison Cohen, JD, attorney, Baker Donelson
  • Brian Santo, JD, associate general counsel, National Committee for Quality Assurance
  • Carly Kahn, PhD, RN, MPH, associate director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • William England, senior advisor, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Robert Espinoza, executive vice president of policy, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
  • Kimberly Lewis, senior vice president, International WELL Building Institute
  • Ian Brown, vice president, diversity, inclusion and belonging, Erickson Senior Living
  • Adrienne Powell Ruffin, vice president and head, LTSS strategic initiatives and operations, LeadingAge

Over the past decade, the number of older adults in the U.S. grew by one-third to more than 54 million, including a 52% increase in Arizona’s older adult population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans 65 and older will outnumber those under 18 by 2034.

For more information, visit the Innovations in Healthy Aging Summit website.