We are building partnerships and movements in rural areas, cities, and regions throughout the U.S.
Our member organizations have headquarters in New York City, Washington D.C., Washington State and New Mexico. Together, we have 107 partners in every region across the country.
Through this partner network, our members are working on the ground to seed change. As examples, through SAGENet—SAGE’s network of local affiliates around the country — SAGE is building a movement to reduce isolation, improve financial security and enhance the quality of life for LGBT older adults. NHCOA’s Hispanic Aging Network—a group of Latino and senior-serving community-based organizations and non-profits—is implementing culturally, linguistically, and age-sensitive programs; conducting targeted research projects, and mobilizing Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers around policy issues that impact their wellbeing.
As a coalition, this robust partner network allows us to have an unusual degree of access to diverse elders across the nation. This translates into advocacy on the state level that is informed by authentic expertise on the challenges faced by diverse elders and the credibility to mobilize diverse elder communities on the issues that affect them.
OUR PILOT STATE ADVOCACY & EDUCATION PROJECT
In 2013, we saw a tremendous opportunity to improve the health of our communities through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Millions of older people continue to be affected by the health coverage expansions under the ACA. These expansions include the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid expansion, new benefits for elders 65+ on Medicare, and a range of protections that make health care more accessible for LGBT older people and older people of color.
The Diverse Elders Coalition, joined by Community Catalyst, launched new partnerships on the ground in New Mexico and Georgia to facilitate the ongoing education and enrollment of Native American, Bhutanese and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders in these two states. These new relationships will help mainstream consumer advocates add new voices to the call for increased coverage for their state’s low income and diverse communities.
Learn more about our pilot state advocacy and education program in New Mexico and Georgia—and why we started in those states.