Social and Community Context

202 - Social and Community Context: The Impact of Loneliness on Mental and Behavioral Health

Tuesday, July 17
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Palladian Room-Lobby Level

Cristine (Clarke) Henage, MPS, EdD-Results of Online Training for Physical Therapists an Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program
Cristine (Clarke) Henage, MPS, EdD-Expand Geriatric Mental Health Care Workforce by Screening and Intervening for Depression
Jennifer Solomon, MA-How the “Get Connected Toolkit” Can Help Health and Aging Services Providers Reduce Social Isolation and Improve Health
Lynda Flowers, JD, MSN, RN: Social Isolation: An Important Health and Public Health Issue and a Significant Cost to Medicare
Caitlin Mayotte, MS-I'm Not Depressed, I'm Lonely: Exploring the Use of an Evidence-Based Depression Management Program to Treat Social Isolation in Older Adults

Chronic loneliness and social isolation affect more than one third of older adults and are sentinel factors for health risk. Only fourteen percent of the nation’s older adults live alone, but nearly half of all women over age 75 live by themselves, and twice as many women as men over 65 live alone. Panel experts will discuss the cost impact of isolation to the Medicare program; successful use of on-line training for non-clinicians to screen and address depression, including through exercise promotion; home-based depression management; and how to address the mis-use and abuse of medications and alcohol. Effective strategies to address loneliness promote better quality of life and health, and help older adults remain in their homes and communities.

Presented by AARP Foundation

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Cristine B. (Clarke) Henage, MPS, EdD

Program Manager
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Dr. Clarke is celebrating six years as the Program Manager of the Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Center (CGWEP) under the Center for Aging and Health, Division of Geriatrics in the UNC School of Medicine
The mission of the CGWEP is to provide evidence-based and culturally competent geriatrics education and training to enable health professionals to better serve the state’s increasingly diverse older adult populations. CGWEP goals include improving health care practice, serving rural and clinically underserved areas of North Carolina, and promoting interprofessional practice. The CGWEP has trained over 29,000 health care providers in geriatrics since 2010.


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Caitlin Mayotte, MS

Research Study Coordinator
University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center

Caitlin Mayotte, MS, is a Research Study Coordinator at the Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC), a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center that is part of the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health. Ms. Mayotte helps coordinate PEARLS technical assistance and training activities, collaborates on other research projects to improve PEARLS dissemination and implementation, and also works on other chronic disease prevention research projects.


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Lynda Flowers, JD, MSN, RN

Senior Policy Advisor

Lynda Flowers, JD, MSN, RN is a Senior Policy Advisor in the AARP Public Policy Institute. Her portfolio includes Medicaid, Medicaid, health disparities, SNAP, public health and prevention, and health quality. Prior to AARP, Lynda was a Senior Policy Analyst with the National Academy for State Health Policy and the D.C Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid). While at DC Medicaid, Lynda was the lead policy person on the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Prior to joining D.C. Medicaid, Lynda advised state legislators and state legislative staff on Medicaid and immigration issues at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Lynda has authored numerous reports and issue briefs on a variety of health care policy issues. Lynda received an undergraduate degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin; a master's degree in Nursing Administration from Georgetown University (where she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau—the International Nursing Honor Society); a JD from Golden Gate University (where she was a member of the Woman’s Law Review); and a Certificate in Public Health Leadership from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Lynda is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.


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Jennifer L. Solomon, MA

Public Health Advisor
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Jennifer Solomon serves as a Public Health Advisor for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA/CSAP). As the federal prevention project monitor for SAMHSA’s State Technical Assistance contract, she oversees delivery of technical assistance services and state site visits related to the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and the Synar program, which supports states in reducing youth access to tobacco through retail sources. Ms. Solomon also administers CSAP’s Prevention Fellowship Workforce Development Program, which is a structured training program for new professionals. She is CSAP’s program lead for developing substance abuse prevention resources for older adults, such as the Get Connected Toolkit and a webinar series on behavioral health and older adults. Ms. Solomon has a Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology, with an emphasis on aging, from the University of Maryland and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.


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Ellen W. Blackwell, MSW

Senior Advisor
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Ellen Blackwell is Senior Advisor at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality. She trained as a geriatric social worker and has an extensive background in in aging and disability services administration. At CMS she works on programs that support improved quality, program efficiency, and person-centered care. She joined the Federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2001. Prior to joining CMS, Ms. Blackwell was a consultant at The Horizon Foundation, a philanthropic organization that promotes local health and wellness. She interned as a graduate student at The Hilltop Institute, a health research center at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and at the Howard County Office on Aging. Ms. Blackwell founded an award-winning local chapter of the Autism Society of America. She received a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Maryland - Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.


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