WEBINAR: The Way Forward - Organizing Seniors to Protect Health Care

The organized voice of seniors has been critical in building the health safety net over the past century. With the midterms looming and Medicaid and other safety net programs in jeopardy, political organizing of seniors, particularly low-income seniors, is needed to defend against sustained attacks and to advocate for progressive policy.

This webinar explores the history of senior activism and discusses strategies for effective senior organizing today. The webinar draws on research by staff at the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation that was recently published in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy.

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Kate Villers is the President and Founder of Community Catalyst.

Marcus Escobedo, MPA, is the Senior Program Officer and Communications Director at The John A. Hartford Foundation where he oversees projects focused on improving care of older adults in the acute care setting and through policy change and communications activities.

Carroll Estes, PhD, FAAN, is an Emerita Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where she founded and directed the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging. Her scholarship and public service has been recognized with awards from the National Senior Citizens Law Center, Sociologists for Women in Society, and Gray Panthers.

Erin Ninehouser is the Consumer Engagement Manager at Pennsylvania Health Action Network where her organizing focuses on long-term services and supports.

Jennie Pirkl is the Organizing Director for Maine People's Alliance.