2017 SSC Conference: Making the Difference

Making The Difference: 
Systems Change to Social Movement

Aging in Alameda County

We are aging – as individuals, as a community, and across the ranks of public and private health and social service sectors. As we live longer, will our public institutions adjust to ensure access and relevance for older people? Will our health systems empower and enable aging people? Will our communities support our wellbeing and welcome our participation no matter what age we are? These are not questions for the future, but for today. To a large degree, the answers are up to us.

On Friday, November 3, 2017 Making the Difference convened community-based service providers, health care professionals, health and social services agency leaders, policy makers and community members in Alameda County. Together we examined the challenges and opportunities we face as we transform our systems and our communities to serve older people, exploring these topics in terms of their practical relevance in Alameda County. We’ve captured the conference presentations and materials on the web page below.

Our Program & Conference Materials
  • Click here for the Conference Program.
  • Click here for the pdf of our Opening Remarks. Click here to watch the opening remarks.
  • Click here for our short video featuring some of the many services underway to strengthen the aging services ecosystem
  • Click here for Discussion Cafe Take Aways.
Our Keynote Speaker

Moira O’Neil, PhD
Director of Research Interpretation and Application, FrameWorks Institute
Click here for the pdf of Moira O’Neil’s presentation: Reframing Aging. Click here to watch the keynote presentation. 

Dr. O’Neil is the co-author of Aging, Agency, and Attribution of Responsibility: Shifting Public Discourse about Older Adults and Finding the Frame: An Empirical Approach to Reframing Aging and Ageism.

Our Panelists
Panel I: Systems Change – Adapting to a New Reality
Click here to watch the first panel.

Rebecca Gebhart, Acting Director, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency
Click here for Rebecca Gebhart’s presentation: The Power of Collaboration.  

Marty Lynch, CEO, LifeLong Medical Care
Click here for Marty Lynch’s presentation: Systems Change: Aging in Community-Based Services.  

Randy Morris, Assistant Agency Director, Adult & Aging Services, Alameda County Social Services Agency
Click here for Randy Morris’ presentation.

Richard Espinoza, CAO/Post-Acute Care, Alameda Health System
Click here for Richard Espinoza’s presentation: Systems Change – Adapting to a New Reality.  

Moderator: Monique Parrish, LifeCourse Strategies

Panel II: Community Movements to Embrace Aging
Click here to watch the second panel. 

Pastor Horacio Jones, Family Bible Fellowship and partner, Alameda County Care Alliance
Click here for Pastor Horacio Jones’ presentation: Alameda County Care Alliance Advanced Illness Care Program.

Karen Grimsich, Fremont Age-Friendly Community Initiative
Click here for Karen Grimsich’s presentation: Age-friendly Fremont. 

Steve Lustig, Berkeley Age-Friendly Continuum
Click here for Steve Lustig’s presentation: Continuum of Age. 

Moderator: Kweli Kitwana, Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County


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A Special Thank You to our Sponsors

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Click here to find out more about our Sponsorship Information and click here for our Sponsorship Form.


For information on our 2016 conference, including conference speakers and materials, please click here.

For information on our 2015 conference, including conference speakers and materials, please click here.

For information on our 2014 conference, including conference speakers and materials, please click here.

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