Online symposium to focus on equity, inclusion of older populations – UMaine News


The Center on Aging at the University of Maine will host the 16th Annual Clinical Geriatrics Symposium, “Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Delivery of Age Friendly Health Care” online on October 25. The symposium, which is co-sponsored by the UMaine Institute of Medicine and School of Social Work, the Maine Gerontological Society, the Maine Council on Aging, the Maine Health Access Foundation and the Geriatric Workforce Improvement Program du Maine, AgingME, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This year’s 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 are to teach participants to recognize unconscious biases that impact the quality of care, to foster inclusion and equity to provide equitable person-centered care, and to teach participants to apply frameworks and practical methods that value and appreciate the human difference in the provision of health and the human. services. Medical and behavioral health professionals, students and allied health professionals, health clinicians, administrators, researchers, educators, care managers and public health decision makers will benefit from the participation at 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 prepare 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 October 18. A fee of $ 30 applies. Members of the Maine Gerontological Society are eligible for 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.

Find more information, a registration form and the conference program in line. Continuing medical education (CME) credits for physicians and other medical professions are available.

For more information, or to request reasonable accommodation, contact Lenard Kaye, 207.262.7922; [email protected].

Contact: Joan Perkins, [email protected]


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