“Building Community Empowerment for Health”
To engage with multiple stakeholders in order to promote healthy living and aging through preventive health programs, reduction of health disparities, and creation of community initiatives for sustainable healthy aging, serving as an adaptable model for the national stage.
Through community empowerment, citizens will enjoy health and well-being regardless of their age.
The way we define healthy living, wellness, and aging has become increasingly significant over the past decade as the growth of the aging population has continued to outpace that of any other demographic group. Today, as the U.S. healthcare system prepares to implement sweeping changes brought about by legislative action, the focus on disease prevention and chronic care management has taken center-stage, and the aging population is a key player. Aging, however, does not commence at a specific point; it is instead a continuum running across the breadth of the lifespan, and both an individual and communal process.
Recognizing the unique possibilities for healthy aging innovation in the nation’s largest- and one of the most diverse- counties, the 2013 Healthy Aging Conference introduces a novel health improvement model centered around the collaboration of multiple stakeholders (the faith leaders, businesses, academic institutions, and community organizations) in the design, delivery, and access of healthcare. This model empowers citizens to become their own health advocates.