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211 - Health and Health Care: Improving health literacy, cultural awareness, and physician education for older adults and their caregivers, including those with cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementias

Tuesday, July 17
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Executive Room-Lobby Level

Adeline Yerkes, BSN, MPH-Empower Patients and Caregivers with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias
Yu-Hsuan Lin, PhD-Social Determinants of Insufficient Healthy Literacy Among the Elderly and Middle-Aged and its Policy Implications of Intervention
Kelsey Donnellan, MPH-• Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and Centers for Disease Control: Brain Health Messaging for Tribal Populations
Shannon Haworth, MA-Educating Physicians on Benefits of Blood Pressure Management to Reduce Cognitive Decline

As a person ages, complications with brain health, including dementia, as well as disparities in health literacy can lead to higher costs and burdened living for those living with disease as well as their caregivers. Public health must act quickly and strategically to stimulate needed changes to policies, systems, and environments to mitigate the growing burden of these issues.
In this session, you will understand the latest science on healthy aging, particularly issues related to brain health, cognition, Alzheimer’s disease and health literacy issues. You will also get a first glimpse of new tools, trainings and resources available to enhance your work. First, you will hear from Thailand, about how health literacy is a critical determinant of health. A recent study will be presented that identified the social determinants of insufficient health literacy among the elderly and middle aged and its policy implications for future intervention. You will also hear how The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), worked with subject matter experts and tribal leaders to develop meaningful and public health materials to improve brain health through hypertension management in diverse tribal populations. Collaborating with tribal communities, brain health messages and strategies were modeled, tested, customized, and produced to increase uptake and action by specific tribal populations. Next, we will unveil new information briefs. These briefs are created through a partnership between the CDC and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) to highlight current key issues of the aging population related to brain health. Using the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFSS) Data, cognitive decline, heart disease and stroke, decreased abilities in certain activities of daily living, and caregiver concerns, were included. Information to improve quality, availability, and accessibility of public health education materials and resources will be shared. And finally, you will hear about a new Preventive Medicine curriculum module produced through a CDC partnership with the National Association of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) with the goal of enhancing physician’s knowledge regarding the connection between heart health and brain health and providing tools and resources to better support their efforts to promote health, prevent dementia and better support people staying healthy in the community.

Learning Objectives:

Heidi Holt, MPA

Public Health Advisor
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Heidi Holt is a Public Health Advisor in CDC’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging program, Heidi has responsibility for strategic planning, program development and cross-sector collaboration. In addition, she currently coordinates the CDC-wide Healthy Aging Workgroup, where programs across CDC discuss how best to serve an aging population among all of its programmatic activities. Heidi has a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Southern California, and a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Georgia. Heidi joined the CDC in 1992 and has a unique perspective spanning over 2 decades in Public Health.


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Adeline M. Yerkes, BSN, MPH

Public Health and Women's Health Consultant Public Health Consultant and Women's Health Consultant Public Health Consultant and Women's Health Consultant
National Assn of Chronic Disease Directors

Mrs. Yerkes graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in nursing sciences, received a master’s degree from the University of Omaha in education with an emphasis on counseling and guidance, received additional education in case management of children with special needs at Case Western Reserve, and received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma.

Mrs. Yerkes has over 50 years of experiences in community health from school nursing, visiting nursing, case management of children with special needs, occupational nursing, public health nursing and public health administration. For 25 years, (1983-2008) she served in an administrative capacity with the Oklahoma State Department of Health as the Director of Chronic Disease where she provided overall management and supervision of chronic disease prevention programs with the assistance of a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals. In the early years of her tenure she was responsibility for the development and implementation of the Oklahoma Eldercare Program. In this capacity she was appointed to serve as the Oklahoma Liaison for Women’s Health reporting to the US DHHS Office on Women’s Health from 1997 through 2008. She retired from this position in 2008.

She has numerous publications in various areas of health: aging and community mobilization, public health perspective of urinary incontinence, diabetes, gestational diabetes, mortality of chronic disease, and monographs on various chronic diseases.

She has been recognized by several organizations: Lawton Jaycettes, Edmond Charter Chapter and the Oklahoma Governor’s Council on Children for her community organization skills; and recognized for her public health leadership skills by American Diabetes Association, Centers for Disease Control, Association of Chronic Disease Program Directors, Central Oklahoma Carelink, Region VI Alliance on Women’s Health and the US Postal Service Oklahoma City Area.


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Yu-Hsuan Lin, PhD

Division Director
Surveillance and Research Division, Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan

Dr. Yu-Hsuan Lin is currently the Division Director of the Surveillance, Research and Health Education of the Taiwan Health Promotion Administration. She received her Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine form National Taiwan University.

Over the past decades, she takes parts in protocol design and implementation of many large-scale health surveys, such as the Taiwan National Health Interview Survey, adult and youth tobacco surveys, as well as cohort studies on elderly, children and adolescents. She is actively involved in development of non-communicable disease surveillance system in Taiwan and involved in many research-related activities.


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Kelsey M. Donnellan, MPH

Analyst, Health Improvement
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Kelsey Donnellan serves as a Health Improvement Analyst at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. Kelsey has over four years of work experience in public health and is a graduate of the Milken Institute School of Public Health Master of Public Health program. She received her B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she shifted food procurement policy to local farms and built a community garden. At ASTHO, she supports projects related to healthy aging and heart disease and stroke prevention. In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) and International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA2), she developed health communications campaigns about heart and brain health and caregiving in Indian Country.


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Shannon M. Haworth, MA

Program Director
American College of Preventive Medicine

Shannon M. Haworth, MA is a Program Director at the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) where she directs CDC capacity development activities, as well as Lifestyle Medicine initiatives. She currently leads Brain Health, hypertension management for uninsured/underinsured women, and diabetes prevention activities. She has extensive program management experience in the areas of public health, population health management, health system transformation, and neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Before coming to ACPM she worked at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a Public Health Analyst in the Office of Health Equity where she was a liaison to over 500 federally recognized tribes. Shannon has also managed projects and programs at several disability and behavioral health related non-profit organizations including the Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Shannon has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and graduate certificate in Autism from Ball State University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Disability Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a former trainee and faculty of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at Virginia Commonwealth University.


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