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Advancing Equity at ASA


The John A. Hartford Foundation is collaborating with ASA to advance equity in aging by supporting ASA RISE, a 20-week social justice and leadership program for rising leaders of color in aging, and via the development and dissemination of equity-related, partnership-based thought leadership through ASA’s Generations platform.

Listed below are the posts that have run in this series.

What it Takes to Be a Catalyst for Change
By Nadia Murphy

On finding her Why and what followed, including how ASA RISE helped her to become a transformational leader and reap the benefits of an inspirational mentor.

Thank You ASA RISE
By Cristina Diaz

Reflecting on the courage it took to for one woman to reach beyond her comfort zone to apply for the fellowship, and on the gratitude and pride felt for what the ASA RISE program helped her achieve.

I am a BIPOC Older Adult Rising with ASA RISE
By Cynthia D. Banks

Equity lessons learned about being true to oneself from a lifetime of impressive appointments, and new insights gained from leading ASA and a mentorship role in ASA RISE.

What Juneteenth Means to Me and to Black Elders 
By Chelsea Wheeler

How one ASA RISE new alum took truths from the history of slavery and Juneteenth, as well as from recent Black-led movements and used them to advocate more effectively for elders.

What Might Care Mean to Future Health Professionals? 
By Norell J. Wheeler

A pre-teen caregiver and ASA RISE alum passes along how hard-learned lessons can evolve into teaching points and career goals that are particularly relevant to a new class of fellows.

Empowering Diversity: A Call for Inclusive Leadership in Aging 
By Rigo Saborio

The tale of one BIPOC professional’s very windy journey through the field of gerontology and the numerous mentors and allies required for success.

ASA RISE—An Invaluable Segue into My Second Chapter 
By Kim Nguyen

Third cohort ASA RISE Fellow Kim Nguyen on how advocating for older adults’ digital inclusion became her life’s purpose and led her to start a storytelling consortium to further elevate elders’ stories.

Preaching Beyond the Choir About Family Caregiving 
By Julia Yarbough

Three ASA RISE Fellows speak to the Society of Professional Journalists at its 2023 Annual Conference on Telling Impactful Stories at the Intersections of Aging, Equity, Caregiving, the Environment and Advocacy.

Inclusive Mentorship: The Urgency of Taking Your Time 
By Drs. Christine Holmes and Toni Miles

ASA RISE Alum Christine Holmes on how she learned from her mentor Dr. Toni Miles the nuances of not letting the daily grind overshadow the critical mission in advocacy work, and other wise lessons.

Becoming a Disability Ally in the Aging Network 
By Desiree Lapahie

What does it look like to study and advocate to include disability in equity work, through an Indigenous lens? Exploring people’s “whys.”

One ASA RISE Fellow on Allyship and Where it Leads 
By Keri Vogtmann

ASA RISE Alum Keri Vogtmann on how the program opened doors, and becoming an expert in approaching design thinking through an equity lens, and a driver of justice and equity for elders.

Courageous Disruption: ASA RISE, the Obesity Epidemic & Equity Leadership 
By Patrice Dickerson

ASA RISE program director Patrice Dickerson describes the RISE cohort 2 Disruptors’ recent project to improve equitable access, care and treatment for obesity. Funded by Novo Nordisk, the project was done in collaboration with the National Council on Aging.

Learning the Ways of Strategic Disruption at ASA RISE
By Maurice Haskins

ASA RISE Fellow and medical social worker Maurice Haskins on the knowledge he gained through the program on how one might strategically disrupt the field of aging.

Embracing Diversity Through a Multicultural Lens
By Michelle Matter

ASA RISE Fellow Michelle Matter on how she came to embrace her Filipino culture and see herself as a diverse leader in the aging field, while better understanding inequities in aging.

More Support for Family Caregivers Available Via the RAISE Act Roadmap
By Ocean Le

Ocean Le, an ASA RISE alum, shares how finding funding opportunities for services and support is easier via the RAISE Act Roadmap.

Midterm Elections: How Will Outcomes Impact Health Equity?
By Ryann Hill

ASA RISE alumna Ryann Hill, who works at the intersection of politics and public policy, shares her opinion on how the midterms would impact efforts toward heath equity.

From Surviving, to Flourishing, to Nourishing
By Zaire Sims

Meals on Wheels Service Coordinator Zaire Sims on how being homeless taught her critical lessons in serving others.

Cultural Humility Call to Action
By Kelly Loeb

Older Adult Care Manager and ASA RISE Fellow Kelly Loeb on why words matter, especially when it concerns health equity and BIPOC populations.

A Model Mentoring Match
By Alison Biggar

Tech industry veteran Keri Vogtmann and Jennie Chin Hansen, who has spent decades working in aging, speak to the value of the relationship-based nature of the ASA RISE mentorship program.

ASA RISE Mentorship and What it Means to Me
By Jennifer Horn

Care planner and ASA RISE Fellow Jennifer Horn on how critical it can be to have a mentor who looks like you and speaks like you and understands how it is to move through your world.

What I Think of When I Think of Juneteenth
By Patrice L. Dickerson

Patrice Dickerson, director of Programs & Thought Leadership at ASA and ASA RISE lead, describes all the ways in which Juneteenth rings true to her.

ASA RISE: Connecting the Dots Between Caregiving, DEI Work and Aging
By Julia Yarbough

Talent coach, communications consultant and Emmy-Award–winning broadcast journalist Julia Yarbough reveals how her personal caregiving journey opened her eyes to the importance of DEI work in aging.

ASA RISE: Powering Change Through a Brave Space
By Sarah Galvan

ASA RISE Fellow and Generations Journal Editorial Advisory Board Member Sarah Galvan on why she chose to participate in ASA RISE and how she uses the “brave space” the fellowship provides.

Our Pledge to Support Diverse Talent in the Field of Aging
By Marcus Escobedo and Teffin Benedict

The John A. Hartford Foundation Vice President, Communications and Senior Program Officer Marcus Escobedo and Health and Aging intern Teffin Benedict detail why their foundation chose to support the ASA RISE program.

Five Ways Congress Can Reduce Health Disparities Among Older Adults
By Ryann Hill

ASA RISE Fellow and SCAN Health Plan Senior Policy Advisor Ryann Hill on lessons policymakers learned on health disparities from the pandemic and actions Congress can take to make those insights a reality for older adults.