Advancing Equity for Older Adults

Source: National Center on Law and Elder Abuse

Published: 2021


Part 1: An Introduction to Advancing Equity in Legal and Aging Services

Low-income older adults face a number of challenges grounded in structural racism & other forms of discrimination. As a way to help address those challenges, the Older Americans Act emphasizes that limited program & service resources should be targeted to older adults with the greatest economic or social need. The factors that cause social need include language barriers & isolation caused by racial or ethnic status. Therefore, advancing equity is an important goal in the delivery of aging & legal services to older adults. This inaugural webinar series is focused on how aging & legal services professionals can better advance equity for older adults in their own work. This webinar will:
• Provide an overview of why equity is important for older adults with economic & social need;
• Review different strategies and opportunities to advance equity in legal & aging services; and
• Highlight a local program’s journey to centering equity in its work with older adults.
• Denny Chan, Directing Attorney for Equity Advocacy, Justice in Aging
• Kimberly Jones Merchant, Director of the Racial Justice Institute and Network, Shriver Center on Poverty Law
• Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director, Justice in Aging
• Pamela Walz, Supervising Attorney of the Health and Independence Unit, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia


Part 2: Putting Strategies into Practice

This is a follow up to the first webinar, Advancing Equity for Older Adults, Part 1: An Introduction to Advancing Equity in Legal and Aging Services, presented on October 28th. It is not necessary to have attended the first training, but attendees are encouraged to watch the recording for an introduction to equity and racial justice for older adults.

This webinar will apply principles and strategies to effectively advance equity in legal and aging services. Presenters from legal assistance and elder rights programs will describe the steps they have taken to center equity, with a focus on race equity, in their work, as well as lessons learned and promising practices for staffing, process, and evaluation.

Attendees will receive actionable steps they can take and will learn about tools that advocates can incorporate in their own work to advance equity for older adults and serve those with the greatest social and economic need. Panelists will share their experience and will be available to answer questions from the audience.

-Denny Chan, Directing Attorney for Equity Advocacy, Justice in Aging
-Archie Roundtree, Equal Justice Works Fellow – Elder Justice Program, Bet Tzedek
-Kee Tobar, Director of Race, Equity, and Inclusion, Community Legal Services of Philidelphia

Link: Advancing Equity for Older Adults

Topics: Legal, Overview/General, Prevention/Intervention

Access: Web-based

Intended Use: Self-directed Learning

Audience: Advocates, Legal/Law Enforcement, Social Services

Level: Basic, Intermediate