Track 5 - Healthy Populations and Communities (Chronic Disease

Infectious Disease & Resilience)

Sharing Session - 90 Minutes

F9 - The Age-Friendly Public Health Department: How Public Health Can Improve the Health and Wellbeing of Older Americans

Wednesday, July 11
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Balcony L

Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), in partnership with The John A. Hartford Foundation, held a convening called A Public Health Framework to Support the Improvement of the Health and Wellbeing of Older Adults. This convening brought together national, state, and local public health officials; aging experts, advocates, and service providers; and health care officials to discuss how public health could contribute to an age-friendly society and improve the health and well-being of older Americans. The goal of the convening was to develop a framework for an age-friendly public health system, focusing on areas where public health can support, complement, or enhance aging services. Through an examination of case studies of older adults, participants identified gaps in services, supports, and policies needed to improve the health and well-being of older adults, and considered the potential roles public health could play in filling these identified gaps. The convening resulted in a preliminary Framework for an Age-Friendly Public Health System.
This framework should not be interpreted as a prescriptive guide to action, as not every community will need public health to assume each of these roles. The framework provides guidance for public health departments looking to increase their focus on older adults. On-the-ground experiences from Oregon and Florida will highlight different ways public health departments can engage with aging services to fill gaps and address the health issues of this growing population.


Chief Health Strategist, Foundational Capabilities, Partnerships & Collaborations

John Auerbach, MBA

President and CEO
Trust for America's Health

John Auerbach is president and CEO of TFAH, where he oversees TFAH's work to promote sound public health policy and make disease prevention a national priority. Over the course of a thirty-year career he has held senior public health positions at the federal, state, and local levels. As Associate Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) he oversaw policy and the agency’s collaborative efforts with CMS, commercial payers, and large health systems. During his six years as the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he developed innovative programs to promote health equity, combat chronic and infectious disease, and support the successful implementation of the state’s health care reform initiative. As Boston’s health commissioner for nine years, he directed homeless, substance abuse, and emergency medical services for the city as well as a wide range of public health divisions.

Mr. Auerbach was previously a professor of practice in health sciences and director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University; program director of one of the country’s first community health centers; and director of a clinical training program at a tertiary care safety-net hospital.

Mr. Auerbach is the vision behind the healthy aging work that TFAH has launched, led the 2017 convening TFAH hosted, and is the Principal Investigator on an related grant award from the John A. Hartford Foundation.


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Chuck Henry, MPA, RS/REHS

Health Officer
Florida Department of Health in Sarasota

Mr. Henry has served with the Florida Department of Health since 2002 and assumed his current role, as the DOH-Sarasota Administrator, in 2011. Prior to working for the Department, Mr. Henry served for twenty-four years in the U. S. Navy, including service as a Hospital Corpsman, and as a Commissioned Officer in the Medical Service Corps. Mr. Henry holds an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Public Administration, (Health Care Administration) from Troy State University. He is a graduate of the National Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute, a member of the Florida Public Health Association, and a member and Past President of the Florida Environmental Health Association. Mr. Henry is also a community partner and advocate for Age Friendly Sarasota, Florida’s first community to obtain the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly community designation.


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Kirsten Aird, MPH

Cross Agency Systems Manager
Oregon Health Authority- Public Health Division

Kirsten Aird is the Cross-Agency Systems Manager for the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section in the Oregon Public Health Division. During her 18 years in public health she has fostered public-private partnerships to promote and support policy, system and environmental strategies to address chronic disease prevention, early detection, and self-management. Kirsten graduated from Emory University’s-Rollin’s School of Public Health with a Masters Degree in Public Health Policy and Management.


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