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The Long Term Care Discussion Group

A voluntary independent group that meets solely for the purpose
of educating the policy community on all facets of long term care

JUNE 24, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern Time

Speakers: Gretchen E. Alkema, PhD and Sarah Steenhausen
The California Master Plan for Aging serves as a blueprint for state and local government, the private sector, and philanthropy to prepare for the coming demographic changes and continue California’s leadership in aging, disability, and equity. It calls on California communities to build a California for All Ages: for older Californians currently living through the many different stages of the second half of life; for younger generations (who can expect to live longer lives than their elders); and for the communities of all ages – family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and caregivers – who surround older adults.
The Master Plan for Aging is not a document that sits on a shelf. Rather, it outlines five bold goals and twenty-three strategies to build a California for All Ages by 2030. It includes a Data Dashboard on Aging to measure progress and a Local Playbook to drive partnerships to help the state meet its goals. The speakers will talk about the process used to devise the Plan, the goals, strategies and activities that the Plan has put into place, and the infrastructure supporting its implementation.  They will also talk about how the process of building a State Master Plan for Aging can be an important catalyst for coalition building and systems change for other states. 
About the Speakers:
Gretchen E. Alkema, Ph.D. is Vice President of Policy and Communications at The SCAN Foundation. In this role, Gretchen oversees the Foundation’s communications and policy strategy development and execution, championing a world where all people – regardless of age, life circumstance, or ability – live well in the place they call home. Previously, Gretchen served in the office of Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) as a Heinz/Health and Aging Policy Fellow where she advised on aging, health, mental health, and long-term care policy. She also worked in a variety of community-based care settings in both the public and private sectors.  Gretchen holds a PhD from the University of Southern California (Gerontology) and completed post-doctoral training at the VA Greater Los Angeles. She earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. Gretchen enjoys hiking, 19th century Russian novels, and a great cup of coffee.

Sarah Steenhausen is Director of Policy and Advocacy for The SCAN Foundation. In this role, Sarah partners with stakeholders and policymakers at the state and federal levels to develop, inform, and advance policy solutions aligned with the foundation’s mission to improve the system of care serving older adults, people with complex care needs, and their family caregivers.  Before joining the Foundation in 2009, Sarah served as assistant secretary for Long Term Care at the California Health and Human Services Agency, where she was the primary advisor on aging and long term care legislative and budgetary measures. Her policy career began in the California Legislature, as consultant to the Senate Subcommittee on Aging and Long Term Care.  Sarah holds a Master of Science in Gerontology from the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys cooking, hiking and spending time with her family.

The meeting materials will also be posted (once available) at our website: http://www.ltcdiscussiongroup.org

Long Term Care Discussion Group Co-Chairs:
Susan Coronel, John Cutler, Wendy Fox-Grage,
Mary Kaschak, 
Ruth Katz, Pamela Nadash and Eileen J. Tell

Long Term Care Discussion Group meetings are intended as forums for candid discussion. Dialogue and comments made during these meetings should be treated as off the record.
For more information about the Long Term Care Discussion Group, and for materials and information 
relating to previous meetings, visit 

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