National Expert Addresses Forum on Evidence-Based Approaches To Health In Older Adults

On Friday, November 21, 2014 The School of Social Welfare with its Center on Excellence in Aging Services and Community Wellness and the Albany Guardian Society sponsored a forum addressing the “Widespread dissemination of evidence-based approaches to health in older adults” with keynote speaker Corinne Rieder, Ed.D. Executive Director and Treasurer of the John A. Hartford Foundation. Her keynote address  was entitled: Improving New York’s Health: A Foundation Perspective on the Challenges & Opportunities Facing Social Work & the Critical Role of Partnerships in Advancing the Development & Dissemination of Evidence-based Models & Interprofessional Education & Practice.  Dr. Rieder laid out challenges and opportunities for social workers and policy and service providers. These included the challenges & opportunities facing social work, changes in reimbursement and integrating social services & supports with medical care.  Respondents comprised a panel of State, local foundation and university experts. 

This event marked the 50th anniversary of UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare, and the formal launch of QTAC NY, a statewide training, technical assistance and evaluation support center dedicated to advancing evidence-based health promotion and self-management programs. It also marked an opportunity to pay tribute to Dr. Rieder for her many years of leadership at the Foundation and transformative investments in social work education.