2014 National Primary Care Symposium on Aging

Alexandria, Virginia
Monday, June 09, 2014

2014 National Primary Care Symposium on Aging

Monday, June 09, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

The Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
United States

(703) 253-8600

The National Center for Health and the Aging
Phone: 703-812-8822
Email: health@namgt.org


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There ​are ​over ​40 ​million ​adults ​aged ​65 ​and ​older ​in ​the ​United ​States, ​many ​of ​whom ​live ​in ​poverty. ​Older ​age ​and ​low ​socioeconomic ​status ​are ​both ​linked ​to ​poor ​health ​and ​represent ​health ​disparities. ​Although ​systems ​are ​in ​place ​to ​care ​for ​older ​adult ​patients ​(those ​65 ​and ​older), ​not ​all ​older ​adults ​get ​the ​care ​they ​need.

Health ​center ​programs, ​which ​are ​funded ​by ​the ​Human ​Resources ​and ​Services ​Administration ​(HRSA) ​served ​almost ​1.5 ​million ​patients ​aged ​65 ​and ​older ​in ​2012, ​and ​this ​number ​has ​been ​increasing ​over ​the ​past ​few ​years. ​Older ​adult ​patients ​served ​at ​health ​centers ​often ​identify ​as ​racial ​and ​ethnic ​minorities, ​are ​female ​and ​are ​at ​or ​below ​200% ​of ​the ​federal ​poverty ​level ​(92.6%). ​Demographic ​factors ​such ​as ​these ​may ​also ​represent ​barriers ​to ​access ​to ​care, ​such ​as ​discrimination, ​language ​barriers, ​low ​health ​literacy, ​lack ​of ​transportation, ​and ​lack ​of ​insurance.

The ​mission ​of ​the ​National ​Center ​for ​Health ​and ​the ​Aging ​(NCHATA) ​is ​to ​strengthen ​the ​capacity ​of ​health ​center ​programs ​to ​increase ​access ​to ​care, ​eliminate ​health ​disparities ​and ​enhance ​health ​care ​delivery ​for ​the ​39 ​million ​or ​13 ​percent ​of ​Americans ​aged ​65 ​and ​older. ​Health ​center ​staff ​benefit ​from ​training ​and ​technical ​assistance ​which ​can ​help ​them ​reach ​older ​adults, ​increase ​health ​quality, ​and ​improve ​health ​outcomes ​and ​the ​patient ​experience. ​Almost ​all ​of ​the ​1,198 ​health ​center ​programs ​serve ​aging ​populations, ​which ​requires ​continuous ​training ​to ​reach ​this ​increasingly ​diverse ​population.

This ​extraordinary ​experience ​allows ​you ​to ​reach ​clinicians, ​health ​center ​staff, ​safety ​net ​providers, ​non-profit ​organizations, ​local ​leaders ​and ​policymakers ​from ​all ​over ​the ​country. ​We ​look ​forward ​to ​seeing ​you ​at ​our ​symposium.
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