On Thursday, November 3, 2016 the LGBT Elder Initiative, with the generous support of Jefferson Health, hosted Caring for Our Community: Building Cultural Competence in Aging Services and Healthcare.
The Summit asked attendees to imagine what’s possible in a world where all of our providers are culturally competent and sensitive to the needs of LGBT elders. Attendees explored what greater LGBT cultural competence would mean for positive health outcomes, looked at the current state of LGBT aging and assessed the progress of the past five years, the current service landscape, and future directions for resources and services. This was a meaningful opportunity that convened aging services providers, policymakers, healthcare providers, and community members to explore topics related to LGBT aging and to develop strategies to improve the services available to LGBT people as they age.
The conference, emceed by Michael Byrne, featured a keynote from Teresa Osborne, Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging as well as a plenary panel featuring AARP, Jefferson Health, the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and the Pennsylvania Office of Long-Term Living. In the afternoon attendees chose one of three breakout sessions to attend: Growing Acceptance in Aging Services, Breaking Barriers in Healthcare or Keeping Connected in Community.
Immediately following the conference was a celebration where Louis Colbert, Vice President of Operations at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, was honored and presented with the inaugural Edwin J. Bomba Memorial Award for Advocacy.
Always Best Care
Freedom G Photography
Friends LifeCare Services
Home Care Associates
NewCourtland Senior Services
Pennsylvania Health & Wellness
TruCare Home Care Services
Abramson Center for Jewish Life
Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter
Amy F. Steerman
Genesis Health Care
Main Line Health
Penn Program for LGBT Health
Senior Care of Center City