diversity, equity, inclusion and access
Engage Magazine Fall 2021

LeadingAge Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative

By Natasha Bryant, Managing Director/Senior Research Associate, LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMASS Boston The field of long-term services and supports (LTSS) is not immune from the racial inequities that have received well-deserved attention across our nation over the past year. On the contrary, the LTSS sector is a microcosm of the systemic racism that exists in Read More…

Man Using Sign Language To Communicate
Engage Magazine Fall 2021

Investing in our Future: Hiring Staff who are Blind or Have Low Vision

By Shari Roeseler, Executive Director, Society for the Blind  We hear on a near daily basis that employers are struggling to find qualified staff. No sector is unaffected, and that is certainly true for organizations and businesses serving older adults.  Yet another truth exists alongside this paucity of qualified staff: there is a large group of Read More…

DEI - A Global Conversation
Engage Magazine Fall 2021

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: The Global Conversation

by Zeta Smith, CEO of Sodexo Seniors North America  Sodexo is proud to be a benchmark organization in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). And that commitment to DEI requires continuous education and conversation. We encourage our teams to ensure inclusion is central to our business. However, it is important to recognize that we don’t all come to the conversation with Read More…

View from the Capitol
Engage Magazine Fall 2021

Equity During a Time of COVID-19 – Policy Work Underway to Address Longstanding Issues 

By Eric Dowdy, Chief Government Affairs Officer, LeadingAge California  As the state grapples to contain the Delta variant of the virus that causes SARS-CoV-2, providers are bracing for a new round of tightening screening, vaccinations, and doubling down on encouraging vaccinations and infection control measures. As of this writing, the Governor has required healthcare professionals and state employees to get Read More…

equity through telehealth
Engage Magazine Fall 2021 General Interest

Equity through Telehealth

The Center for Connected Health Policy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in Sacramento working to maximize telehealth as a tool to improve health equity in California. It is a program under the Public Health Institute. We sat down with Executive Director Mei Kwong to talk about the importance of telehealth during and beyond COVID-19 and Read More…

iNSPIRE Project
Engage Magazine Fall 2021

Inspiring Diversity

 By Amanda Davidson, Grant Manager, LeadingAge California  Diversity, equity, and inclusion in aging are at the forefront of LeadingAge California’s advocacy for older adults. The LeadingAge California iNSPIRE Project, a CMP grant-funded project that brings engagement technology from It’s Never Too Late (iN2L) to 60 skilled nursing facilities, also seeks opportunities to support these important initiatives in its work.  The residents of California’s skilled nursing facilities represent the diverse makeup of the state. Diversity in race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, language, (dis)ability, and age offers skilled nursing Read More…