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Katz Policy Lectures

The Katz Policy Lecture was established in 2007 in honor of the late Sidney Katz, MD, Benjamin Rose's Distinguished Scholar. The lecture convenes like-minded advocates to explore potential policy approaches to important issues of aging. Sidney Katz, MD— physician, scientist, teacher, mentor, author, and public servant— pioneered the concept of active aging, championed the development of the field of geriatric care, and was responsible for the creation of local and national programs to enhance quality of life and improve long-term services for the elderly.

12th Annual Katz Policy Lecutre
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 ~ 3:00pm
Speaker: Lance Robertson
Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator of the Administration for Community Living
For more information and registration, click here.

Previous Katz Policy Lectures:

Integrating Family Caregivers into Health and Social Services
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 ~ 2:30pm
Speaker: Lynn Friss Feinberg, MSW
Strategic Policy Advisor for Independent Living/Long-Term Care, AARP Public Policy Institute
For more information, click here.

LGBT Older Adults
Thursday, October 20, 2016 ~ 4:00pm
Speaker: Michael Adams, JD/MA, Chief Executive Officer, SAGE
For more information, click here.

The Impact of Meals on Wheels
Speaker: Kali Thomas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, and a Research Health Science Specialist at the Providence VA Medical Center's Center for Innovation for Long-Term Services and Supports.
For more information, click here.

Expanding Culture Change to all Nursing Homes
Speaker: Peter Kemper, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Administration at Pennsylvania State University
For his presentation and more information, click here.

Changes in Health System Policy & the Impact on Care Across Long-Term Care Settings
Speaker: David C. Grabowski, PhD
Professor of Health Care Policy, Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School
Click here for more.

Meeting the Challenge: The Work of Caregiving

Speaker: Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, Senior Vice President & Director AARP Public Policy Institute.
Click here to view photos & video, download the presentation, and resources


Ohio Department of Mental Health's Plans For Improving Access to and the Quality of Mental Health for Older Adults
Speaker: Tracy Plouck, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health
Director Plouck discussed ODMH's plans for the delivery and quality of mental health programs for older adults in the state. For her presentation and video of the lecture, click here.

Elder Justice in America... Why So Long to Achieve and What Lies Ahead?
Speaker: Robert Blancato
A pre-lecture panel discussion on the history and state of elder justice in Ohio was also held. For more information and to view video highlights, click here.

The Legacy of Sidney Katz: Setting the Stage for Systematic Research in Long Term Care
Speaker: Vincent Mor, PhD, of Brown University
Click here for photos and more information.

Another Bend in the Road: U.S. Gerontology Approaches its Centennial
Speaker: Andrew Achenbaum, PhD, of the University of Houston
Click here for more information.

The Older Americans Act: Still Kickin' After All These Years
Speaker: Robert Hudson, PhD, of Boston University