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Center for Aging, Health and Humanities


The George Washington University’s Center for Aging, Health and Humanities is organizing an Age-Friendly Ecosystem Summit May 4-5, 2021 from 9am-12pm. In partnership with Age-Friendly DC, Montgomery County, Hyattsville, Arlington and Alexandria, this inaugural, live, virtual summit aims to convene regional leaders and other multisector parties who are interested in advancing age-friendly initiatives.

The genesis of the summit derives from national work to advance an Age-Friendly Ecosystem; led by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the World Health Organization, AARP, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Trust for America’s Health, among others.

The goal is for the Age-Friendly Ecosystem Summit to become an annual event to bring multisector regional partners together within and outside of the field of aging; creating opportunities for these partners to work together to create livable communities for people of all ages to live, work, and play.


Pre-Recorded Pre-Summit Content

Registered participants will be advised to listen to pre-recorded podcasts on a variety of topics related to age-friendly initiatives prior to the live summit. These podcasts have been recorded with national leaders in the age-friendly space and topics include an overview of the Age-Friendly Ecosystem, as well as Age-Friendly: Health Systems, Public Health, Arts & Creativity, Businesses, and Universities.

Live Summit Content

May 4: Regional leaders will present in 15- to 20-minute LIVE “TED Talks” to share regional best practices, frameworks, and/or resources to advance an age-friendly ecosystem. 

May 5: Local municipality leaders (Age-Friendly DC, Montgomery County, Hyattsville, Arlington and Alexandria) will share best practices and exemplary case studies of age-friendly initiatives.

“You Completed the Study .... Now to Tell the Study Story to Improve Practice"

The “gold standard” for advancing science remains publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals; but this approach has historically resulted in a 17-year delay before research findings actually reach the public and/ or change practice. Dr. Melissa Batchelor will share insights of her professional journey as a leader and innovator in blending "gold standards" with modern strategies that have fostered rapid translation of her science to the public, practice, and policymakers. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m.

Zoom link: https://childrensnational.zoom.us/j/93630824425

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The conference will take place June 4 through June 6, 2021 online using a virtual conference platform that will allow for the full conference experience including lectures, expert panels, culinary skills-building programming and small group interactions with your colleagues.

Health meets Food is dedicated to teaching medical professionals and the communities they serve about the important connection between good health and healthy eating.

Center Director, Melissa Batchelor, will be presenting and demonstrating her handfeeding technique for people with dementia. 

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