2019 Anna V. Brown Community Forum & Conference- Connect, Create, Contribute: Reassessing the Needs of Black Elders
Eliza Bryant Village joined community partners in honoring the legacy of the late Anna V. Brown, a pioneer in the field of applied gerontology, serving as a planning partner for the 2019 Anna V. Brown Community Forum & Conference – Connect, Create and Contribute: Reassessing the Needs of Black Elders on May 17, 2019.
Cleveland State University’s School of Social Work hosted the 2019 Anna V. Brown Community Forum and Conference Connect, Create and Contribute: Reassessing the Needs of Black Elders on May 17 focusing on well-being, emerging issues and effective practices that sustain the lives of African-American elders in Cuyahoga County. The conference was hosted in May – Older Americans Awareness Month – and supported the Administration for Community Living’s theme, Connect, Create, Contribute.
The Forum honors the legacy of the late Anna V. Brown, a pioneer in the field of applied gerontology. Along with being a leader in the field of aging, Brown was a supporter of gerontological studies at Cleveland State University and helped foster the development of aging programs in the Cleveland area.
Brown became an advocate for elders after gaining insights into their issues by working in her father’s medical office in W. Va. She used her experience and passion to successfully lead Mayor Carl Stokes’ Commission on Aging, which later became the City of Cleveland’s Department of Aging. She served as the president of the National Council on Aging, Co-Chair of the White House Conference on Aging and was inducted into the Ohio Department of Aging’s Hall of Fame.
“Highlighting the needs of African-American elders is critical as we prepare our community and workforce to better serve the new majority of older adults,” said Dr. Victoria Winbush, chair of the event, and Assistant College Lecturer of the Cleveland State University School of Social Work. “Honoring Anna V. Brown through this forum that took a hiatus since 2014 is our opportunity to reconnect with seniors, their caregivers and professionals dedicated to improving their lives with person-centered care.”
Presenting partners include: Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, The City of Cleveland Department of Aging, Care Source, Case Western Reserve University Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, The Center for Community Solutions, Cleveland State University School of Social Work, Council on Older Persons (COOP), Cuyahoga County Department of Senior & Adult Services (DSAS), Eliza Bryant Village, McGregor Home, McGregor PACE, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Cleveland, and Senior Transportation Connection.
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