Online symposium to focus on equity, inclusion of older populations


The Center on Aging at the University of Maine plans to host online the 16th Annual Clinical Geriatrics Symposium, “Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Delivery of Health Care. health care for the elderly ”, online Monday, October 25.

The symposium – co-sponsored by the UMaine Institute of Medicine and School of Social Work, Maine Gerontological Society, Maine Council on Aging, Maine Health Access Foundation and Maine’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, AgingME – is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in the morning at 3:30 p.m.

The symposium is dedicated to addressing the challenges surrounding the delivery of age-appropriate health care for diverse and underserved populations of seniors. Promising strategies for advancing anti-racist, anti-ageist and equitable health and human services will be shared as participants review progress in promoting inclusive and evidence-based health care.

The objectives of the symposium include teaching participants to recognize unconscious biases that impact the quality of care, fostering inclusion and equity to provide equitable person-centered care, and teaching participants to apply frameworks and practical methods that value and appreciate human difference in the delivery of health and human services. Medical and behavioral health professionals, students and allied health professionals, health clinicians, administrators, researchers, educators, care managers and public health decision makers can benefit from the participation in this event.

The agenda includes presentations, panel discussions and workshops focused on developing health promotion programs for vulnerable populations, such as identifying best practices in caring for older LGBTQ clients; understand why diversity, equity and inclusion are important in healthcare organizations; rethinking ageism in health care; and preparing the future workforce to provide equitable care to the elderly.

The event ends with a panel discussion titled “Promising Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Practices in Maine Organizations”.

Participants must register before Monday, October 18. A fee of $ 30 applies. Members of the Maine Gerontological Society are entitled to a reduced registration fee of $ 15; students and adults 65 and over can attend for free.

Participants can register online with a credit card or electronic check or submit a completed application and check by mail.

For more information, a registration form and the conference program online, contact Lenard Kaye at 207-262-7922 or [email protected].


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