Nutrition = Solutions to Healthy Aging and Long-Term Services and Supports / 2015 White House Conference on Aging

Program Date: 29 January 2015
Continuing Education Units: 1.5 Nurse Contact Hours, 1.5 Dietitian CPEU (via AND)

Course Description:

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Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to describe:
  • The goals and priorities of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and opportunities to build a shared vision of how to continue maximizing the contributions of Americans as we age
  • The need to advocate for expanding policies and funding from simply providing older adults with access to food to more broadly improving their nutritional well-being
  • How good nutritional status is key to health promotion, disease prevention, independence, functionality, and the quality of life of older adults and opportunities for advancing the value of registered dietitian nutritionists in partnership with other healthcare professionals
  • The need for recognition of malnutrition as a key indicator of older adult health and local quality improvement solutions to advance older adult health by integrating malnutrition screening and intervention in healthcare delivery systems
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 1080, 3090, 4010, 4080, 4190, 5100, 5280, 7100
  • Media Format(s): Audio (English)
  • Run Time: 90 minutes

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Nora Super

Executive Director, 2015 White House Conference on Aging

In July 2014, Nora was named Executive Director of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. She brings both substantive expertise on the issues and the experience to help maximize the Administration’s outreach and engagement with older Americans across the country. Prior to being named executive director, Nora served in a leadership role in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). At ONC, she was responsible for ONC’s communication and public outreach strategy regarding stakeholder engagement, public affairs and congressional relations, media relations, website (, and social media. Before joining federal service, Nora Super served as Director, Federal Government Relations, Health and Long-Term Care at AARP. In this role, she was responsible for managing AARP’s government relations activities regarding health care reform, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, and prescription drugs. Before joining AARP, Nora represented Kaiser Permanente’s eight regional Permanente Medical Groups as the Permanente Federation’s Director of Public Policy and Government Relations. Nora has more than 20 years of experience working in Washington, DC on a wide range of aging policy issues, including health care delivery and payment reform, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, retirement income security, and other federal and state aging programs. She has worked in academia and in the private sector, including the GWU Medical School, the National Health Policy Forum, the Washington Business Group on Health, and the Employee Benefit Research Institute. She has also served in government at both the local and state level, and as congressional staff. A native of New Orleans, Nora studied political science at Tulane University and completed her masters’ work in public administration, with a concentration in health policy, at George Washington University.

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Paul Downey

President and CEO, Serving Seniors

Paul became President/CEO of Serving Seniors in 1995 and has guided the agency’s innovative efforts to provide supportive services focused on keeping low-income seniors healthy and independent. Nutritious meals (breakfast and lunch) are provided 365 days per year to over 2,200 seniors at 10 sites in San Diego County. Serving Seniors’ flagship facility, the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, provides case management, healthcare utilizing the latest in wireless technology, mental healthcare, life-long learning and civic engagement for the seniors. It is already considered a national model for the comprehensive provision of supportive services for seniors in poverty. Paul has been a leader in the fight to provide affordable housing for seniors. He opened a 200-unit, low-income, senior housing complex called Potiker Family Senior Residence in downtown San Diego in August of 2003. He opened a second project, a 150-unit affordable housing complex for seniors in City Heights, in August 2007. The agency also operates transitional housing for homeless seniors. He is the immediate past-President of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) based in Washington DC and a Steering Committee Member for the California Elder Economic Standard Initiative. In August 2012, Paul was appointed to the California Commission on Aging by Assembly then-Speaker John A. Pérez. Diane Jacob, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, appointed Paul in September 2013 to the County’s Social Services Advisory Board. He is past chair of the City of San Diego’s Senior Affairs Advisory Board and past chair of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the College of Health and Human Services at San Diego State University. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in journalism. In July 2010, he completed a certificate program in Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management from Harvard Business School.

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Martha Peppones

Director of Nutrition Services, Senior Services of Snohomish County, Washington

For twenty one years, as the Director of Nutrition Services for Senior Services of Snohomish County, Martha has managed the agency’s nutrition programs and guided its approach to meeting the nutritional needs of the community’s older adults. The nutrition programs that Martha manages provide more than one quarter million meals each year to seniors throughout the community, with 45% served through 12 dining locations, and the remainder delivered to the homes of older adults who are unable to prepare meals or leave home without assistance. Martha is renowned for her expertise in nutrition and aging and for her leadership in developing and implementing strong policies and programs that address the changing needs of an increasingly diverse aging population. She has led and served on national boards and committees that address a variety of nutrition issues faced by older adults, and their caregivers. She also has served as a leader for both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. Along with other organizations throughout the country, Martha’s agency is examining what services to bring to Baby Boomers, and how to deliver those services. “Most of us are still working, still active, and we don’t see senior center services as a value for us.” She reflects that a class on “healthy aging” may not appeal, though a class on “healthy living” might. “So we are trying to approach things from the wellness standpoint and package them and take them out into the community. Some senior centers are managing to attract younger people with hiking and fitness offerings. We have to take it to where they are.” Martha is also an active speaker and writer on nutrition for older adults and has trained many dietitians through on-site internships and distance learning courses. Looking to the future, Peppones’ program is well-positioned to provide services to the changing older adult population. She defines healthy aging as the ability to age where you can safely do the things you want to do while maintaining a good quality of life, with minimum limitations. She views the increasing integration and interaction between social services and health care as a promising and important means of helping to better address the increasingly complex needs and lifestyles of older Americans.

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Kristi Mitchell

Senior Vice President, Avalere Health

Kristi leads client engagements involving the use of clinical data for strategic decision-making across multiple industries, including life sciences, health plans, and professional societies. In this capacity, she provides strategic guidance for innovative collection and utilization of data, as well as, oversees the diffusion of best practice in quality measurement development, implementation, and evaluation across multiples industries. Prior to joining Avalere, Kristi worked for 12 years at the American College of Cardiology (ACC), leading the development of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, most recently as the Chief Science Officer. Prior to the ACC, she assessed the impact of public health policies, programs, and practices on health outcomes at Battelle Centers for Public Health Policy and Evaluation and at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. Kristi has an AB in Human Biology and Public Policy from Brown University and a MPH in Public Health Policy Administration and Epidemiology from University of Michigan. Ms. Mitchell has served as stakeholder and contributor to both AHRQ’s Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User’s Guide 1st and 2nd Editions, as well as, Registry of Patient Registries (ROPR) initiative. Finally, she has served as both the chair and a member of CDRH’s “Enhancing Post-market Surveillance through Developing Registries for Medical Device Epidemiology (U01)” Objective Review Committee for the past two consecutive years. Finally, she currently sits on the MDEpiNet- National Medical Device Registry Task Force, MDEpiNet Stakeholder Committee, the Pew Trust Future of Medical Device Registry Stakeholder Group, and the NQF CV Measures Standing Committee.


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