Plenary Panel: Leadership in Healthy Aging

Monday, July 16
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Regency Ballroom-Lower Level

In 2010, the U.S. population included an estimated 35 million older adults age 65 and over. By 2030, this figure is projected to more than double to 72 million. Improvements in the delivery of preventive services and care coordination and a greater understanding of the social, environmental, and emotional factors that influence health in the later years of life could help reduce health care costs.

This session will feature prevention strategies that encourage healthy lifestyles, planning for aging, and the use of preventive services. Key federal and non-federal leaders will share details about initiatives and policies aimed at maximizing health, well-being, and independence of older adults and people with disabilities across the lifespan. This session will highlight the upstream factors that influence health as we age, known as the social determinants of health, and examine health disparities among older adults. The session will feature key leaders in aging and will focus on strategies for aging in place and living long healthy lives.

Learning Objectives:

Lance Robertson, MPA

Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Administration for Community Living

Lance Robertson was appointed to serve as Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL's Administrator on August 11, 2017.

His vision for ACL focuses on five pillars: supporting families and caregivers, protecting rights and preventing abuse, connecting people to resources, expanding employment opportunities, and strengthening the aging and disability networks.

His leadership in the fields of aging and disability began in Oklahoma, where he served for 10 years as the Director of Aging Services within the state’s Department of Human Services. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Oklahoma State University, where he co-founded the Gerontology Institute and served as the executive director of the nation's largest regional gerontology association.


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Eliseo P. Perez-Stable, MD

Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., is Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He oversees the Institute's $289 million budget to advance the science of minority health and health disparities. Under this framework, the Institute conducts and supports research programs to advance knowledge and understanding of mechanisms to improve minority health, identifies and understands health disparities and develops effective interventions to reduce these disparities in community and clinical settings. NIMHD is the lead organization at NIH for planning, reviewing, coordinating, and evaluating minority health and health disparities research activities conducted by NIH Institutes and Centers. NIMHD also promotes diversity in the biomedical workforce, supports research capacity at institutions serving disparity populations, and promotes information dissemination through regular electronic communications, public education outreach, and scientific presentations.


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Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN

Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute & Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America

Susan C. Reinhard is a senior vice president at AARP, directing its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for public policy research and analysis at the state, federal, and international levels. She also serves as the chief strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, a national resource center created to ensure that America has the highly skilled nurses it needs to provide care in the future.

Susan is a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care policy, with extensive experience in conducting, directing, and translating research into action to promote policy change. Previously, she served as professor and codirector of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, where she directed several national initiatives with states to help people of all ages with disabilities live in their communities.


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Susan Dentzer

President and CEO
Network for Excellence in Health Innovation

Susan Dentzer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the NEHI, the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization composed of more than 100 stakeholder organizations from across all key sectors of health and health care. NEHI’s mission is to advance innovations that improve health, enhance the quality of health care, and achieve greater value for the money spent. With offices in Washington, DC, and Boston, Massachusetts, NEHI conducts independent, objective research and thought leadership to accelerate these innovations and bring about changes within health care and public policy.

One of the nation's most respected health and health policy thought leaders and journalists, and a frequent speaker and commentator on television and radio, including NPR, Dentzer previously served as senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prior to that, she was editor-in-chief of the journal Health Affairs, and from 1998 to 2008, she served as the on-air Health Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour.


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