Aging Advocacy Summit

Health Care Advocacy for ME!

On November 14, 2012, Maine’s Aging Network hosted a free Aging Advocacy Summit to prepare 200 volunteers, staff and advocates to effectively participate in Maine’s health care redesign efforts at the local, state and national level.

Improving quality of care is a key component to health care reform. Quality drives patient outcomes and cost, yet it varies greatly in Maine. Maine is on the cutting edge of a health care transformation that is dependent on consumer education and engagement. It is critical for older Mainers to actively participate at every level of system redesign to ensure the system works for them.

Check out photos from the Summit here.

Below are the presentations from the Summit and key links to resources in this area:

Welcome (with demographic context for the Summit) by Jessica Maurer, Executive Director of Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Collaborating to Improve Health Care in Maine by Ted Rooney, RN, MPH
Aligning Forces for Quality Project Leader and Pathways to Excellence Project Advisor (pdf version)

You Can Influence the Future of American Health Care by Joyce Dubow, Senior Health Care Reform Director, AARP Office of Policy and Strategy (pdf version)

Maine’s Health Care Reform Movement – What does it mean to you and your community? By Dr. Lisa Letourneau of Maine Quality Counts (pdf version) Dr. Barbara Crowley of MaineGeneral (pdf version) and Bill Wypyski, Chair of the Maine Community ACO Board (pdf version)

Health Care Reform Isn’t Just for Congress – Why Advocacy at the State House Matters – by Mitchell Stein of Consumers for Affordable Health Care (pdf version)

Participants were encouraged to take several action steps as outlined in this document.  Specific things included visiting www.getbettermaine.org

Major sponsors included AARP Maine Chapter, Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, Maine Veterans’ Homes and the Maine Gerontological

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Our other generous sponsors include Maine Quality Counts, Eastern Maine Health Systems, Consumers for Affordable Health Care, Maine Nurse Practitioners Association, SeniorsPlus-EIM, Maine Community Action Association, Maine Primary Care Association, UMaine Center on Aging, Home Care for Maine, Catholic Charities Maine, Volunteers of America Northern New England, the Maine Center on Deafness and Bridges Home Care