Neighborhood and Built Environment

104 - Neighborhood and Built Environment: Age-Friendly Communities: Research and Local Examples

Monday, July 16
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Regency Ballroom-Lower Level

Jennifer Raymond, JD, MBA-Creating Age Friendly Communities Through Collaborative Practice and Policies: The Massachusetts Model
Barbara Laymon, MPH, PhD-• Planning for Healthy Aging: Local Health Departments and Community Health Improvement Plans
Sophie Tentrop, MA-Shared Housing : A New Approach to Address Isolation, Lack of Affordable Housing and Poverty in a Growing Aging Population
Jamie Zwerin, BS, SSW-Active Aging: A Collaboration Between Public Health and Aging Services

To create a context for healthy aging, a community must attend to the social determinants of health in the lives of seniors. The task may seem outside the bounds of any local agency. There may be no single organization capable of solving the challenges of social isolation in later years, or a built environment hostile to the needs of frail elderly, or the lack of health literacy that will affect seniors. Panelists in this session will focus on examples of collaboration among local agencies and partner organizations that promote “age-friendly” communities.

• Barbara Laymon will describe community health assessment and community health improvement planning, two processes in place at most local health departments across the country. They provide an opportunity for concerned partners to collaborate on long-term strategies to address the complex factors that can support healthy aging.
• Massachusetts has a rich history of embracing an “aging in all policies” approach. Jennifer Raymond will present the Commonwealth’s current effort to systematize its approach through the growth of “age-friendly communities.”
• Jamie Zwerin will demonstrate that Public Health and Aging Services can collaborate and combine staff and funding to support Healthy Aging in communities. In 2013, Tooele County Aging Services was combined with Tooele County Health Department, providing a unique opportunity to develop innovative strategies to reach the senior population, including evidence based programs to promote wellness, and providing resources and transportation options for seniors and public health clients.
• Sophie Tentrop will introduce Shared Housing – a new approach to address isolation, lack of affordable housing and poverty in a growing aging population. The program was initially established through a partnership between the YWCA and Home of the Sparrow, a Pennsylvania non-profit that prevents homelessness for women and children in Chester County.

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Jennifer Raymond, JD, MBA

Chief Strategy Officer
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley

Jennifer Raymond, JD, MBA, is the Chief Strategy Officer for Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and Director of the Healthy Living Center of Excellence (HLCE). HLCE is the statewide hub for dissemination of and contracting for evidence-based self-management programs in Massachusetts. Jennifer is responsible for strategic planning and sustainability, overseeing an 80+ member provider network of community based organizations, as well as all efforts to integrate these programs with a variety of health care payors. Jennifer speaks across the state and nationally on the impact of community-clinical linkages to successfully address the social determinants of health and improve overall care and health outcomes for older adults.


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Barbara Laymon, MPH, PhD

Lead Analyst, Performance Improvement
National Association of County and City Health Officials

Barbara Laymon, who joined the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in January 2008, is the Lead Program Analyst for the Performance Improvement team. Previously at NACCHO, she worked for the Advanced Practice Centers Program and for the National Profile of Local Health Departments study.

Barbara has worked in governmental public health at local and state levels and for a managed care organization. She has served in various capacities, including Epidemiology Analyst, Community Health Planner, Nutrition Educator, State Health Planner, and Research Analyst. Her recent work has included efforts to address the social determinants of health through community health assessment and improvement planning.

Barbara’s background includes an MPH from the University of South Carolina, a graduate certificate in Applied Epidemiology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a BS in Math-Computer Science from Furman University. She also has a MS in pastoral counseling from Loyola University, Maryland, where she is currently pursuing a PhD. She is licensed as a graduate professional counselor.


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Sophie Tentrop, MA

Development and Communications Associate
Home of the Sparrow

Sophie studied Cultural Science, Global Studies and International Relations and proceeded to work for the United Nations in Uganda. After working on the UN’s new global development agenda to alleviate poverty around the world, she was ready to go local. Seeing the devastating impact of poverty, she made it a priority to support the women and children in our own community.


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Jamie Zwerin, BS, SSW

In-Home Services Coordinator
Tooele County Aging Services

Jamie is a licensed Social Services worker who has worked for Aging Services for 7 years. She has a certificate in Gerontology. She is the case manager for the in-home services and Caregiver Programs that Tooele County Aging Services provides. She is a SHIP Counselor and has Ombudsman training. She has developed the Senior Connections Program for Aging Services and has coordinated the Annual Senior Expo for the past 4 years.


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Sandra N. Howard, B.A.

Senior Policy Advisor
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

Sandra N. Howard, B.A., is the Senior Environmental Health Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She co-chairs the HHS Environmental Justice Working Group and represents HHS on the Environmental Justice Federal Interagency Working Group. She also co-chairs the Senior Staff Steering Committee of the President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children.

Ms. Howard has over 30 years of experience in the development and coordination of federal science policy. Prior to joining OASH, she was the senior policy analyst in HHS’s Office of Science and Data Policy. She served as the lead analyst for policy issues related to biomedical research and environmental health. She began her career at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), holding positions in budget, legislation and other policy and administrative areas. From there, she went to work for the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. She later returned to NIH to help establish the Office of Minority Programs (now the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities).

Ms. Howard is a graduate of Yale College. Her academic background is in medical anthropology and public health.


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104 - Neighborhood and Built Environment: Age-Friendly Communities: Research and Local Examples

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