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. We are pleased to recognize three recipients of the Award this year. Dick and Dee Hatch, and Polly Williams. All three have been long time passionate aging advocates and leaders of the Coalition. Their work over the years has helped to guide the development of the Coalition and to ensure that addressing the needs of our state’s older citizens remains the focus of all the Coalition does.
Jim Johnson, PhD, Director of Education, Aging, and Economic Development Initiatives is a demographer known for linking population trends to the economy. He examines the growing inequality in American society, particularly as it affects disadvantaged youth; entrepreneurial approaches to poverty alleviation, job creation, and community development; interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies; and business demography and workforce diversity issues.
Dick and Dee Hatch
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).
Mary Bethel, Coalition President, 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.
Rep. Donna White (right) who is accompanied by Mary Bethel, President of the Coalition on Aging, was the featured speaker at the Coalition's meeting on June 23, 2017.
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, President of the Coalition (second from right).
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).
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.