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
Data Policy Lead
Office of Minority Health - Department of Health and Human Services
Sela Panapasa, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research - University of Michigan
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.
- Explain the critical need for community action to prevent falls.
- Articulate the differences between hedonic wellbeing and eudaimonic wellbeing, in addition to defining each of the two constructs.
- Discuss findings from a national study to assess the association between living arrangements and health outcomes among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) elderly population, and describe the burden and distribution of disease and the risk factors that impact healthy aging in NHPI aged population.