7th Sharpening Your Skills Conference

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7th Sharpening Your Skills Conference

By Healthy Living Center of Excellence

When and where

Date and time

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 · 8:30am - 3:30pm EST


Hampton Inn Boston-Natick 319 Speen Street Natick, MA 01760

Refund Policy

No Refunds


7th Massachusetts Sharpening Your Skills Conference

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

8:30 am - 3:30 pm


8:30 - 9:00 Registration and Coffee/Tea

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome from Healthy Living Center of Excellence, Melissa Donegan

9:15 - 10:30 Keynote Speaker- “My Journey on the Gurney: Perspective Inside the Bedrails and Outside the Box” Julia Fox Garrison

10:30 - 10:45 BREAK

10:45 - 11:45 Concurrent Session 1

a) Healthy Aging and the Public Workforce System

Olga Yulikova, Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Rosemary Alexander, Department of Career Services

b) Caregiving 101: Self Care, Effective Strategies and More

Crystal Polizzotti, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley

Matthew Call, Aging in Place with Alzheimer’s

c) Beyond Community Workshops; Using 1:1 Programs to Serve Homebound and Socially Isolated Populations

Melissa Donegan, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley

Molly Gerbutavich, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley

11:45 – 12:00 Break and Exhibitor Tables

12:00 - 12:30 Lunch and Networking

12:30 - 1:45 Plenary Session Working Effectively with Diverse Cultures

presented by Mercy Anampiu and Sheila Och, Lowell Community Health Center

1:45 - 2:00 Kate Lorig Innovation Award Presentation

2:00 – 2:15 Coffee Break

2:15 – 3:15 Concurrent Session 2

a) Welcoming Workshops: Building Inclusivity into Workshops and Trainings

Kimberly Warsett, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Nassira Nicola, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

b) The Hidden Face of the Opioid Epidemic: Opioid Use and Abuse in the Older Adult Population

Jennifer Fitzsimmons, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley

c) Workplace Wellness: Delivery of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and the new wCDSMP Within the Workplace Setting

Susan Poludniak, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley

Andi Waisman, LifePath, Inc.

Silvia Bodie-Dominguez, BayPath Elder Services

3:15 -3:30 Closing Remarks

a) Evaluation

b) Raffle

About the organizer

The HLCE is an innovative collaborative of more than 80 community organizations and governmental organizations with a goal of improving health and wellness of our community members through evidence-based programs (EBP). The HLCE and its partners offer community programs that promote health and prevent disease among adults with one or more chronic health conditions. Programs are held in community settings throughout the state, including at senior centers, housing sites, YMCAs, community centers, faith based organizations and other locations convenient to community participants.