If you can be in Miami on May 7, 2012, make sure you plan to go to the White House LGBT Conference on Aging, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Miami’s Clinical Research Building at 1120 NW 14th Street.
The conference will feature keynote remarks by Kathy Greenlee, the openly lesbian Assistant Secretary on Aging for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Raphael Bostic, the openly gay Assistant Secretary for Policy & Research Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“The White House LGBT Conference on Aging will provide advocates, community leaders, and members of the public an opportunity to engage with the Obama Administration on the health, housing, and security needs of aging members of the LGBT community. Participants will receive updates from senior officials from The White House and key agencies and departments, connect with Federal government resources and opportunities through workshop sessions, and provide valuable feedback through the “Open Space” process.”
To sign up (which includes places to say what specific issues or topics you would like to explore during the conference and what kinds of resources and information you’d like to access there), go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/white-house-lgbt-conference-aging
This week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced a reorganization that affects the Administration on Aging (AoA).
A new Administration on Community Living (ACL) has been created, bringing together into a single agency the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability, and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. “The Administration for Community Living will seek to enhance and improve the broad range of supports that individuals may need to live with respect and dignity as full members of their communities. These support needs go well beyond health care and include the availability of appropriate housing, employment, education, meaningful relationships and social participation.”
Kathy Greenlee, the openly lesbian Assistant Secretary for Aging, will assume an additional role as Administrator of the Administration for Community Living.
For more information on the new ACL, go to http://www.hhs.gov/acl/
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week responded to a mandate by President Obama to “explore additional steps HHS could take to improve the lives of LGBT people.” The mandate had been part of President Obama’s Presidential Memorandum on Hospital Visitation, which he issued last April.
“For too long, LGBT people have been denied the compassionate services they deserve,” the statement begins. “That is now changing. HHS continues to make significant progress toward protecting the rights of every American to access quality care, recognizing that diverse populations have distinctive needs. Safeguarding the health and well-being of all Americans requires a commitment to treating all people with respect while being sensitive to their differences.” Continue reading