Did you know? Federal agencies (like those that administer education, housing, and employment programs, just to name a few) are NOT required to count detailed data for diverse communities. Instead of asking whether an elder identifies as “Cambodian,” “Vietnamese,” or “Marshallese,” they simply ask whether a person is “Asian.” People who are Puerto Rican, Mexican, or Brazilian are all lumped together as “Latino.” And agencies are not required to ask ANY questions about sexual orientation or gender identity — and efforts are even underway to remove those questions from federal surveys that do ask for that information. This means our communities remain misrepresented, left out of policy and program decisions, and under-funded.
The first 100 days of the Trump administration have been a cause for concern among many Hispanic older adults and their families. While our attention has been understandably focused on the new administration’s anti-immigrant policies, its efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act, and its proposed cuts for programs seniors rely on, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has quietly taken a step toward erasing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors from a key survey that helps HHS ensure.... Read More
by Hank Trout. Hank is a 63-year-old gay writer and a 27-year long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS. He has lived in San Francisco since 1980, for the last 12 years with his fiancé Rick. Since January 2016 he has been a Contributing Writer and Columnist for A&U: America’s AIDS Magazine, contributing features, book and art reviews, and a bi-monthly column “For the Long Run,” in which he addresses the issues faced by surviving members of the AIDS Generation. You can read more of Hank’s writing at http://www.hanktrout.wrestlerswob.com.
Recently, I marched with thousands of.... Read More
NICOA Points to American Indian/Alaska Health Disparities during National Minority Health Month
American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Elders have long experienced disparities in health and healthcare. A health disparity is a difference in health outcomes from different groups within the population.
Historically, AI/AN communities have had limited access to quality healthcare. One outcome of treaties between AI/AN communities and the federal government is that all federal recognized tribes have a right to healthcare services. The Indian Health Service (IHS)* was created to meet this federal commitment.
Although there are 567 federally recognized tribes to date, there are many more tribes still seeking federal recognition. Therefore, some.... Read More
Bridging Health Equity Across Communities: National Minority Health Month 2017
April is designated as National Minority Health Month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and we join HHS in working to raise awareness about the health challenges, disparities, and resiliencies faced by communities of color, LGBT communities, and American Indian/Alaska Native communities around the country — especially as they relate to aging. All this month, we’ll be highlighting new research, reports, and stories from our communities around health and healthcare.
The theme for this year’s National Minority Health Month is “Bridging Health Equality Across Communities,” which could not be more perfect for the Diverse Elders Coalition, an organization founded to identify the.... Read More
This letter was originally published on the SAGE blog.
It’s highly unusual for me to send you two messages in two weeks asking you to stand up and advocate for LGBT elders. But these are highly unusual times. We must be prepared to step up to the plate as often as necessary, whether it’s denouncing a plan that would rob millions of older Americans of health insurance, or fighting efforts to make LGBT elders invisible in federally-funded senior services.
Just how effective are those services at supporting LGBT elders? Apparently, the Trump Administration doesn’t want to know.... Read More
Convening in Chicago to Bring Diverse Voices to the Table
Last week, all five members of the Diverse Elders Coalition were represented at the American Society on Aging’s 2017 Aging in America Conference in Chicago, IL. In addition to robust programming presented by each member organization, such as the 2017 Diversity Summit featuring Randella Bluehouse of NICOA and the National Forum on LGBT Aging featuring Michael Adams of SAGE, the coalition hosted two panels of its own, bringing advocates, policymakers, and community members together to talk about the issues impacting communities of color, LGBT communities, and American Indian/Alaska Native communities.
The conference, taking place in Chicago from March 20th to the 24th, features hundreds of educational sessions, networking, keynote speakers, and an exhibit hall featuring the latest products and services for older adults. It is a great opportunity to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of those who work with, and on behalf of, older adults. NICOA will also be presenting with our partners, the Diverse.... Read More
Meeting the Needs of AAPI Elders in Chicago and Beyond
With over 3,000 of the industry’s top aging professionals headed to Chicago, the 2017 American Society on Aging’s Aging in America conference will offer a platform to share new trends, aging innovations, and provoke discussions around relevant aging topics, such as the nation’s rapidly growing population of diverse older adults.
by Bryce Kirchoff, Director of Audience Development for Next Avenue. Next Avenue is public media’s first and only national journalism service for America’s booming older population. Bryce will be presenting on a panel alongside Jenna McDavid of the Diverse Elders Coalition at this year’s Aging in America conference. For more information on the conference, click here.
More than 40 million people have visited nextavenue.org since we launched five years ago. While many aspects of life have changed since then, the mission of Next Avenue remains the same: We unleash the potential of older Americans through digital media. Central to Next Avenue’s service — and success — is a recognition of the diverse needs, challenges and opportunities.... Read More