Neighborhood and Built Environment

112 - Neighborhood and Built Environment: Smart and Accessible Homes

Monday, July 16
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Regency Ballroom-Lower Level

Joyce Moon-Howard, MPH, DrPH and Fern Herztberg-A Community-Based Approach to Reducing Household Hazards Among Seniors
Tiffany Rolfing, MBA, LEED GA, PHIUS Builder and David Raufer-Reframing Construction Practices in an Aging World
Elmer Freeman, MSW-A Smart Home to Support Healthy Aging in Place for Racial and Ethnic Underserved Populations

This session will focus on smart and accessible homes. The first presentation will focus on a collaborative a community based approach to manage household hazards in a sample of older adults living in a disadvantaged neighborhood in NYC. The second presentation demonstrates how healthcare providers, aging-in-place consultants, and service technicians need to strategically partner with experienced industry professionals to deliver innovative strategies for the aging population. This will explore decision making of the current aging population to either stay or leave their home, dive into the challenges of building aging communities from the perspective of the contractor, municipalities, families, and health care institutions.Current building practices and aging-in-place benchmarks needed to create a plan that considers the person inhabiting the space, their ability to maintain structural aspects, and access to a community that influences behavior and longevity of life will be shared. In practice, facilitating solutions by modifying environments, recommending technologies to improve safety, and by providing a network of trusted professionals to maximize function and independence within a home will influence the overall health of the aging individual.

The third presentation will look at a smart home to support healthy aging in place for racial and ethnic underserved populations comprised of low-income racial and ethnic minority elder residents living in public and/or publicly assisted housing and includes informal/family caregivers, personal care attendants, and home health aides.A growing aging population, the desire for greater independence, and an improved quality of life by older adults, technology has been suggested as a way to support healthy aging in place.
The final presentation will look at an evaluation of the CAPABLE model as implemented by four community organizations
Low-income older adults, who generally have higher disability and depression rates and live in substandard housing, need feasible interventions to help them safely age in place. This presentation describes interim health and home safety results of an Aging Gracefully randomized controlled trial, evaluating the replicability (in four US communities) of the Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU’s) Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) model, which addresses both housing and individual health risks. Interim lessons learned as diverse organizations, with different housing stock and communities, implement CAPABLE will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

Anna Gonzales, MPH

Acting Regional Health Administrator/Deputy RHA

CAPT Anna Gonzales is the Acting Regional Health Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Region 5. She provides strategic direction, oversight, and operational support to the regional office, and serves as the senior federal public health official for the second largest region in the Country. Region 5 represents diverse communities residing in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Prior to joining OASH, CAPT Gonzales was the lead Federal Official in Region 5 for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and oversaw multiple interdisciplinary service and grant programs focused on health workforce development, including the National Health Service Corp. She has also previously held the positions of: Operations Director for HRSA’s Region 9 office in San Francisco; Regional Manager for Occupational Health and Safety at the Environmental Protection Agency in Region 2 New York; and Administrator for the Immigration Health Services clinic in Manhattan, NY; and Assistant Health Services Administrator for the largest Immigration Health clinic, during her tenure, in El Centro, California.

She was commissioned into the U.S. Public Health Service in 1997 and has been recognized with numerous awards.


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Joyce Moon-Howard, MPH, DrPH

Clinical Associate Professor
NYU College of Global Public Health

I am a professor of Community Science and Practice and Social and Behavioral Sciences at New York University College of Global Public Health and a former Professor at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. I received my doctorate in public health from the School of Public Health in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. I have more than two decades of funded research ( e.g.: CDC, HUD, NIH, HRSA) and experience in community intervention science and practice. I teach graduate courses in community-based participatory research and program planning and evaluation and direct the undergraduate programs in global public health.


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Tiffany Rolfing, MBA, LEED GA, PHIUS Builder

Idea Broker

Tiffany is a maker, mover, and innovator focused on delivering growth strategies, innovation, and tangible outcomes in public and private settings through foresight, persistence, and creative social-impact design. She guides clients in creating successful and pragmatic business development implementation plans for new and existing markets. Her experience is rooted in over 15 years of policy, energy efficiency, construction, and community programing design, while also working with commercial utility corporations, local development organizations, private and public real estate developers, and national associations.


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Elmer R. Freeman, MSW

Executive Director
Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc.

Elmer R. Freeman is the Executive Director of the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc. (CCHERS) a community/academic partnership based on a network of 15 community health centers promoting community engagement through education, research, and service. He has 35 years experience in Boston’s communities of color as a community organizer, health care clinician, administrator, public health practitioner, and more recently as community researcher. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, MA for 17 years prior to joining CCHERS. His leadership of CCHERS has led to its recognition as a national model of an academic/community partnership promoting community engagement and community-based participatory research. Mr. Freeman has made more than 40 presentations at conferences and scientific meetings in the past seven years, including several keynotes.


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Jonathan Wilson, MPP

Deputy Director
National Center for Healthy Housing

Jonathan Wilson, Deputy Director, National Center for Healthy Housing

Mr. Wilson has worked at NCHH for nearly 25 years supporting the organization as both a content expert and more recently, in a management capacity. During his tenure, Mr. Wilson has served as a program manager for research, technical assistance and policy work. He is currently managing an evaluation for Enterprise Community Partners of how housing rehabilitation that meets Green Communities Criteria will affect resident health. He is a co-author of over two dozen peer-reviewed articles on the effects of healthy housing and lead hazard control. He previously contributed to the Pew Health Impact Project guidance manual on how health impact assessments can be incorporated into housing-related decision making. He came to the NCHH with a background in non-profit housing development and a Master’s of Public Policy.


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David Raufer, MBA

Idea Broker

David is a Business Strategist, Speaker and Design Thinker with over 20 years of experience in the business design field. He has built and implemented successful businesses and strategies targeting new markets as well as the fortune 1000. David has experience in various industries and markets. As a design thinker and disruptor, he challenges the conventional norms and facilitates new paths for growth. David is an independent consultant for a variety of companies and projects as well as the Coordinator of the Strategic Design MBA Program at Jefferson University.


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Fern Hertzberg, MSW

Executive Director
ARC XVI Fort Washington, Inc.

Fern Herzberg has been the executive director of ARC XIV for more than two decades. She is a social worker by training and has chaired a collaboration of CBOs focusing on senior issues in the Washington Heights-Inwood and Harlem Communities. She has been an outspoken advocate for seniors issues including food, transportation and housing through her examination of the social determinants of health in the service areas of her organization. She has advanced community-based participatory research (CBPR) through her participation in partnerships with the Columbia University Health Sciences Schools, Medical, Dental, Nursing and Public Health. In addition, she is currently teaching a course in CBPR research approaches to community and academic investigators.


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112 - Neighborhood and Built Environment: Smart and Accessible Homes

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