Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
...Globalizing Education on Aging
Opening and Closing Plenary
December 4, 2012
Opening and Closing Plenary Sessions
AGHE Opening Session: In Honor of David A. Peterson, PhD Charting the Future: Assuring Relevance and Quality in Gerontology and Geriatrics Education While Higher Education is Under Siege
The AGHE 2013 Opening Session will kick off the meeting theme with a panel of experts who will lay the groundwork for a lively “open mike” session with the audience. The panelists will provide short commentary on key issues of gerontology and geriatrics education, including competency-based education, the relevancy bridge between gerontology education and practice, leveraging impact through partnerships and evaluation and a look at accreditation as a quality assurance mechanism. Following the short panel presentations, we will “open the mike” to invite members of the audience to share their viewpoints, success stories, concerns and recommendations for AGHE and its membership so that we may assure quality and relevance during these fiscally constraining times.
This session is named in honor of David A. Peterson, PhD, an AGHE past president and a leader in the field of gerontology education. Peterson was an expert on lifelong learning who served as director of the University of Southern California (USC) Davis School from 1978 to 2003. He was appointed the first holder of the Edward and Rita Polusky Chair in Education and Aging in 1999 and, in 2007, saw the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education create an award in his name. Peterson also served as associate dean of the USC Davis School from 1985 to 2003. He was responsible for the school’s instructional programs, including the development of the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and the Ph.D. degrees in gerontology as well as dual-degree programs with 10 other USC schools and departments. Dr. Peterson died on October 4, 2012, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. We plan to honor his life and contributions throughout our 2013 meeting.
JoAnn Damron Rodriguez, PhD, Consulting Social Work Faculty, California Geriatric Education Center
Robert A. Applebaum, PhD, Professor, Miami University
Judith L. Howe, PhD, Professor, Mt. Sinai University and the Consortia of Geriatric Education Centers of New York
Harvey Sterns, PhD, Professor, University of Akron and Chair AGHE Accreditation Task Force
Marie Bernard, MD, Deputy Director, National Institute of Aging
Global Aging: The Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) Educational Efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean
PAHO is leading the efforts of a 17-country Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) educational consortia that has developed and implemented both a two-year Master’s in Public Health and Aging in Spanish and an 8-month Public Health and Aging Specialization for health ministries in both Spanish and English. The comprehensive curriculum is competency-based and addresses the management of multiple chronic conditions, common diseases, health system delivery, health policy and healthy aging. This massive work force preparation effort speaks to the growth and diversity of the region’s population and the levels of economic development, socio-political systems and languages and ethnic variation and backgrounds. One half of the session will be devoted to a panel who will present the background and overview of the program, while the remaining half will be a facilitated discussion around key questions and issues.
Jose F Parodi, MD, MPH, Director Aging Research Center (CIEN), San Martín de Porres University
Raquel Abrantes, PhD, MPH, Coordinator Research Area, Inter American Center of Social Security Studies (CIESS)
Lilliam Rodriguez, MD, MPH, Vice Director for Research & Education, Center of Research in Longevity, Aging & Health
Enrique Vega García, MD, MPH, Regional Advisor on Aging and Health, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
Margaret (Peggy) Perkinson, PhD, Chair AGHE Global Aging Committee, Saint Louis University