Making the Link Between Public Health & Aging

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The rapid aging of the U.S. population is unprecedented but few public health professionals possess the skills to address the health needs of older Americans. To address this need, the Centers for Disease Control developed, “Improving Older Adult Health – Opportunities & Resources for CDC Professionals,” training.

The rapid aging of the U.S. population is unprecedented.  It has far-reaching implications for our nation’s public health system as well as for aging services and long-term care needs.  However, few public health professionals possess the specialized skills and knowledge to effectively address the health and health needs of older Americans.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed a course entitled, “Improving Older Adult Health – Opportunities and Resources for CDC Professionals,” to equip public health colleagues with the necessary skills and knowledge to promote and improve older adult health.

The course prepares participants to address aging-related issues by incorporating an informed and targeted focus on older adults within their work responsibilities and by developing an understanding of ways these issues may impact their work.  The course also addresses a public health imperative which compels health professionals to promote and pursue strategies to enable older adults to live longer, better.

CDC’s “Improving Older Adult Health – Opportunities and Resources for CDC Professionals” can be easily adapted to ensure that other HHS employees are better prepared to meet the needs of America’s growing older adult population.

TEAM MEMBERS
Letia Boseman, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jeffery Hall, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kristine Day, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Andree Harris, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jason Lang, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Stacey Mattison, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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