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NCCOA Annual Meeting - Highlights

NCCOA Annual Meeting Attendees

Pioneer Awards

The Pioneer Award was established in 2016 by the NC Coalition on Aging to recognize individuals who have made long-time outstanding contributions to the field of aging in North Carolina. The Coalition is pleased to recognize the following recipients of the Award who have been long time passionate aging advocates in the state:

2018 Recipients

2017 Recipients

2016 Recipient

Keynote Speaker

Howard Bedlin, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy for the National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Howard is the Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy for the National Council on Aging (NCOA). For the past 30+ years, he has been at the forefront of national advocacy efforts to protect and strengthen the Medicare, Medicaid and Older Americans Act programs on behalf of older adult beneficiaries.

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2018 Pioneer Award Recipeints

Robert Jackson, 40 year career in aging

Robert N. "Bob" Jackson


Bill Lamb, long-time aging advocate

Bill Lamb

Lou Wilson, legend in the adult care home industry in NC

Lou Wilson

Happenings in February 2018

NCCOA Members Presentations

Numerous Coalition on Aging members have made presentations to the Subcommittee on Aging of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services which is studying the State's delivery of services to older adults. Coalition members presenting at the Subcommittee meeting on February 12, 2018 were, from right to left, Tracy Colvard (Association for Home and Hospice Care of NC); Adam Sholar (NC Health Care Facilities Association); Jeff Horton (NC Senior Living Association); and Teresa Johnson and Mark Bumgarner along with Michael Boles (NC Adult Day Services Association).

LeadingAge Renewing Membership

Mary Bethel, Coalition Executive Director, is pictured with Tom Akins, President and CEO of LeadingAge NC, which renewed its membership in February 2018 to the Coalition on Aging and made an additional contribution to support the work of the Coalition. Special thanks is extended to LeadingAge and the other agency/organization members and individual supporters who have made donations above and beyond their membership dues to help with the Coalition's efforts.

NCCOA 2017 May Meeting Highlights

Meeting Attendees for June 2017 Meeting

Rep. Donna White (right) who is accompanied by Mary Bethel, Executive Director of the Coalition on Aging, was the featured speaker at the Coalition's meeting on June 23, 2017.

NCCOA 2017 April Meeting Highlights

Meeting Attendees for April 2017 Meeting

NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen (far left) and Assistant Secretary of Human Services Michael Becketts addressed the April 28 2017, meeting of the NC Coalition on Aging. Also attending the meeting was Susan Perry-Manning, Deputy Secretary of Human Services (far right). They are pictured with Mary Bethel, Executive Director of the Coalition (second from right).

Coalition on Aging's Day at Legislature - 2017


  • Approximately 40 representatives from members of the Coalition came to Raleigh on April 4, 2017, for the Coalition's Day at the Legislature.
  • Coalition members were available in the 1200 quadrant of the Legislative Building during the day to answer questions about aging issues and to pass out information about programs and services for older adults and family caregivers.
  • Visits were made to the offices of all legislators to share information about the Coalition's priorities for the legislative session.
NCCOA Coalition Day

2017 Meeting with State Legislator Rep. Beverly Earle

Beverlay Earle, Legislator

Members of the Coalition on Aging met with Rep. Beverly Earle, long-time legislator from Charlotte (District 101), to discuss the Coalition's legislative priorities including the request to increase the reimbursement rate for Medicaid Personal Care Services (PCS) and the Community Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults (CAP-DA).

2017 Meeting with State Legislator Rep. Donna White

Donna White, Legislator

Members of the Coalition on Aging met with freshman legislator, Rep. Donna White from Johnston County (District 26), about the Coalition's 2017 legislative priorities. Rep. White is no stranger to aging issues as she worked for the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services prior to coming to the legislature.