MONDAY, AUGUST 31
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT – The Power of Partnerships to Drive Senior Nutrition COVID-19 Response and Recovery - Parts 1 & 2
Senior nutrition program providers have admirably risen to meet the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 public health emergency – transitioning service delivery models to align with stay-at-home orders, expanding services to meet the growing need, initiating new technologies to connect virtually, engaging new volunteers, and more. Critical to these efforts has been the ability to leverage existing relationships with key stakeholders (i.e., community-based organizations, food retailers, healthcare providers, food system partners, technology providers), as well as establish new and/or non-traditional partnerships to meet the evolving needs of older adults in providers’ communities. Join the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA) to celebrate and explore these successes as well as expand your ability to build capacity, maintain resiliency and drive innovative partnerships into the future as the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts continue. Attendees will have the opportunity to register to participate in a follow-up asset mapping workshop on September 10.
Presenters: Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging; David Curtin, Founder and CEO, Food Forest
There will be a scheduled 15-minute break between 12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT.
3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. EDT – Leading During a Global Pandemic: Lessons That Will Shape Our Future
COVID-19 has triggered a wave of unprecedented demand as seniors became suddenly homebound and congregate centers shifted to delivery and pick-up options. As a result, senior nutrition programs are serving more meals, to more people, with rapidly reworked operations and processes to continue to safely provide the services needed to support the health and wellbeing of our nation’s seniors. Simultaneously, other changes are impacting the field of aging, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2020 was signed into law, the continuing shifting of the healthcare landscape, and a population of seniors that’s more diverse than ever before. Join the Administration for Community Living Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson for remarks and a fireside chat-style discussion moderated by Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander that will explore topics and questions that are top of mind for senior nutrition professionals. Funding, regulations, innovation, future, partnerships and alliances and more.
Presenter: Lance Robertson, Administration for Community Living (ACL) Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Moderator: Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America