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An evening to highlight how two cities (Washington, DC and Baton Rouge) are exploring ways to best serve their aging communities. Panelists will delve into strategies and programs for the future, what they can learn from each other, and where the opportunities are for collaboration and innovation.
Registration includes light hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
World Health Organization- DC Age Friendly City Coordinator
Office of Adult and Aging Services, Louisiana Dept of Health
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
Sister Agnes Marie Fitzsimmons Endowed Chair of Gerontology
Virginia Hospital Center
Manager of Senior Health and Lifeline
Gail Kohn has been working with DC residents, government and community leaders, to transform Washington DC into an easier jurisdiction to grow up and older. She is coordinating the efforts among public agencies, businesses, organizations and residents to work together to accomplish DC's Vision based on World Health Organization Age Friendly Cities guidance.
She has also served as Executive Director of the Capitol Hill Village and initiated "Volunteer-First" and "Village" model. She extensively advocated for sustainability and universally designed housing on Capitol Hill.
Gail has an MHA focusing on Long Term Care from George Washington University School of Business.
Robin Wagner is Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Aging and Adult Services within the Louisiana Department of Health. She oversees Medicaid home and community-based programs for older adults and persons with adult onset disabilities, including Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and Money Follows the Person. Many of the programs she manages are designed to help people avoid or delay nursing home placement, or help them transition from nursing homes back to the community with services. One program she helped create is Louisiana’s Permanent Supportive Housing program. Louisiana PSH has garnered national attention for its success in addressing homelessness and institutionalization among people with disabilities including frail elders and those with age-related disability.
Robin obtained her Masters degree in Social Work from Tulane in 1990 with certification in Gerontology. She has been a faculty member in Geriatric Psychiatry at LSU Medical School and served on the faculty of Tulane Graduate School of Social Work for seven years prior to her work for the State of Louisiana. In addition to her work at LDH, she has also worked for the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs where she facilitated development of the state’s Olmstead plan.
Dr. Lindsay Mullins, PhD, FNP-BC, as the the Sister Agnes Marie Fitzsimons Endowed Chair of Gerontology, she organizes and supports multidisciplinary participation in gerontological studies at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from LSU Health Sciences Center In 2001 and her master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner in 2004 from Georgetown University School of Nursing. She completed her studies with a doctorate from LSU’s Peabody College of Education in 2010. Dr. Mullins has been with the University in various capacities since 2009, and she also serves as a family nurse practitioner for Clarity Hospice. She previously served as a charge nurse at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., from 2001-2005 and as a family nurse practitioner at Methodist Hospital in Dallas from 2005-2006.
Gwendolyn Sutton is the Manager of Senior Health and Lifeline for Virginia Hospital Center/Mayo Clinic Network in Arlington, Virginia. She is a Gerontologist and Certified Dementia Practitioner and specializes in the senior population emphasizing health, health promotion, public policy, social work, successfully aging-in-place, neurodegenerative diseases, assistive technology and financial/economic issues. She represents Virginia Hospital Center by engaging partners in the public and private sectors and represents the hospital to the senior community in myriad public venues. She also manages the Philips Lifeline System in Northern Virginia/ Northwest D.C. and the hospital’s Safe Transition Hospital Program.
She continues to be a community leader for senior and aging issues and serves as a Commissioner for the Arlington Agency on Aging and Chair of the Public Information and Outreach Committee. She is also involved with Arlington County to complete the designation of AARP’s Livability Community.
Mrs. Sutton has a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and a Master’s Certificate in Gerontology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is married to Jim Sutton and they reside in Arlington and Middleburg, Virginia.
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Senior Project Director at Business for Impact
Adaptive Home Living, LLC - Founder / Principal
Aging2.0 DC Chapter Ambassador
Naveon - Co-Founder & CEO
Aging2.0 Baton Rouge Chapter Ambassador
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