Social and Community Context

110 - Social and Community Context: Novel Approaches with Diverse Populations

Monday, July 16
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Palladian Room-Lobby Level

Minh Wendt, PhD-Social Support and Quality of Life of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders
Thomas Chacko, MA, MSW-Hedonic and Eudaimonic Well Being Among Combat Exposed Vietnam Veterans: Moderating Role of Life Satisfaction and Personality with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Joanne Cassidy, OTDc, MEd, OTR/L, FAOTA- Older Lesbian - Strengthening and Exercise Group for Fall Prevention
Sela Panapasa, PhD-Burden of Disease in Risk Factors Among Aged Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders

To ensure a thriving community, innovative ideas and new approaches are needed to make older individuals feel well-integrated into their communities. This plenary, entitled “Novel Approaches in Diverse Populations,” features experts in varying populations: pacific islanders, veterans with post-traumatic stress-disorder (PTSD), and older lesbians who are at risk for falls. The session will discuss programs which will contribute to the wellbeing of these overall communities. One approach addresses this by examining the burden and distribution of disease and risk factors among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) adults 60 years and older, and using that information, improve the quality of life and social support efforts. A second approach analyzes levels of hedonic and eudaimonic wellbeing in veterans with PTSD. The third approach is to develop and implement community-based programs to meet the need and requirements of older individuals. To determine such needs, programs may explore needs assessments to determine the health and wellness of the community. All of these approaches have critical clinical implications for older communities to promote longer and healthier lives and the potential to design and deliver health promotion programs for the community.

This plenary will take a stepwise approach to building healthier communities by first identifying the risk factors and burden of disease, and dive into examples of specific approaches which have proven effective in diverse populations.

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Minh Wendt, PhD

Data Policy Lead
Office of Minority Health - Department of Health and Human Services

Minh Wendt is the Data Policy Lead for the Office of Minority Health. She provides statistical analysis and expertise in planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of economic and public health policies and programs. Overseeing a community data portfolio, she has conceptualized, designed, and manages two community data projects that focus on data access and utilization at the local level. She collaborates with Healthy People 2020 team to construct a user-friendly data tool for improving health equity. She serves as a technical expert on public health data for federal interdisciplinary workgroups that formulate data strategies, implement policies, and design questionnaire and structure for national data collections. She also serves as the Designated Federal Officer for the Advisory Committee on Minority Health.


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Thomas Chacko, MA, MSW

PhD Candidate
State University of New York at Buffalo

Thomas Chacko is a PhD candidate at the University at Buffalo and studies older veterans with special focus on Posttraumatic stress disorder and wellbeing.


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Joanne C. Cassidy, OTDc, MEd, OTR/L, FAOTA

Department Chair - Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Delaware Technical Community College

Joanne C, Cassidy, OTDc, OTR/L, MEd, FAOTA is the Program Director for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Delaware Technical Community College. She has practiceded as an Occupational Therapist for 40+ years working with groups and individuals to support independent living for those at risk or challenged by physical and mental health issues. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire and her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont. After deciding, it was too cold in New England she returned to her Delaware roots and received a Certificate in Non-profit Management from the University of Delaware. In 2001, she was named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is currently studying at A.T. Still University and will complete her Doctoral studies in 2 weeks. She lives in the resort beach town of Lewes, Delaware where she runs a bed and breakfast with her wife of 39 years and their 3 dogs. She is a Volunteer Education Ambassador for SAGE - an organization focused on Advocacy and Services for LGBT elders where she facilitates discussions around LGBT culturally competent health care, health disparity and health equity strategies.


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Sela Panapasa, PhD

Associate Research Scientist
Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research - University of Michigan

Sela Panapasa is an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD), Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) and Michigan Center on the Demography of Ageing. She is actively involved in demographic research and the multinational analysis of administrative and survey data on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations. Her research interests include measuring racial/ethnic health disparities, population dynamics, lifecourse perspectives on health, and survey research on hard-to-reach populations. She received her PhD in Sociology and Demography from Brown University.


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Hugh H. Tilson, MD, DrPH, FACPM

Adjunct Professor
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Hugh Tilson's career spans over fifty years as a Preventive Medicine physician, fifteen years each in government public health and the multinational pharmaceutical industry and over twenty years advising and consulting with both as a public health academic. He served as local public health director in Portland, Oregon and Bath, Maine and State public health director in North Carolina, and remains active in the alumni affairs of the national associations for City/County Public Health (NACCHO) and State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). He served as President of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and remains active in ACPM national policy and practice affairs. He has widely published research on prescription drug and vaccine safety (pharmacoepidemiology) and public health services and systems (PHSSR).


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