Thank you for joining us for the TSCLA Virtual Age Positive Culture Summit!

On this page you will find presentation recordings and materials from the virtual event as well as the Virtual Booths for our Summit Exhibitors. Our Sponsors and Exhibitors made it possible for us to bring you Summit programming, so please support them by visiting the Virtual Exhibit Booths below!

Summit Recordings and Materials


Welcome to a day of shared learning and action planning!
Jess Maurer, Executive Director, Maine Council on Aging
Gabe Martinez, Director, FQHC Champion and Community Engagement, UnitedHealthCare, Platinum Sponsor

Recording + Presentation Materials

Keynote Panel Presentation: Collaborations and Lessons Learned in Creating Age-Friendly Systems
Learn about the Age Friendly Public Health framework and movement, and hear from those who are using the framework to support healthy aging around the country.

Jane Carmody, Senior Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation
Karon Phillips, Policy Development Manager, Trust for America’s Health
Marci Getz, Director, Healthy Aging Initiatives, Executive Office of Public Affairs & Equity, Washington State Department of Health
Dr. Kina White, Director, Office of Community Health Improvement, Mississippi State Department of Health
Talyah Sands, Director, Health Improvement, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Kari Sederburg, Vice President, Programs and Director, Healthy Aging, Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Presentation Slides

Wellness Break Presenter
Caitlin Sullivan, Program Officer, Point32Health Foundation, Wellness Break Sponsor

Wellness Activity Facilitators
Jerry Henderson & Elizabeth Wirls, Age Well Vermont Volunteers & Tai Chi Vermont Liaisons

Recording + Presentation Materials

Panel Presentation: What does public health look like at the state level?
This session explores similarities, shared challenges, and opportunities in public health infrastructure, funding, programs and initiatives supporting older adults across the region.

Margaret Franckhauser (Moderator), Director of Aging Services, JSI/CHI
Nancy Beardsley, Acting Director, Maine CDC
Carissa Elphick, Deputy Director, New Hampshire Partnership for Public Health
Laura Davie, Co-Director, Center on Aging and Community Living, University of New Hampshire
Edwin DeMott, Program Manager, Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, Vermont Department of Health

Presentation Slides


Attendees share reflections from interactive conversations about how we can collaborate and partner to build age-friendly public health systems across Northern New England. 


Welcome (back) to a day of shared learning and action planning!
Jess Maurer, Executive Director, Maine Council on Aging

Recording + Presentation Materials

Building Age-Positive Culture: Exploring Intersectionality & Disrupting Interpersonal Ageism

Kathy Vezina, Equity and Healthy Aging Manager, Maine Council on Aging
G Cherichello, Maine Senior FarmShare Program Manager, Maine Department of Agriculture
Abusana Micky Bondo, Program Director, In Her Presence

Presentation Slides

Wellness Break Presenter
Caitlin Sullivan, Program Officer, Point32Health Foundation, Wellness Break Sponsor

Wellness Activity Facilitator
Jen Paquet, Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Healthy Living for ME

Recording + Presentation Materials

Keynote Presentation & Panel Discussion: The Surprising Science of Elder Speak

The way we communicate with older people is often patterned, harmful, and subconscious. We’ll learn about the fascinating – and surprising – linguistic and gerontologic science behind why we persist in talking with older people like children and how we can avoid it.

Presenters & Panelists
Mary Lou Ciolfi (Presenter), Senior Program Manager, University of Maine Center on Aging
Peter Baker (Moderator), Program Manager for Geriatrics, MaineHealth
Mary Jane Richards (Panelist) Chief Executive Officer, North Country Associates
Britton Ryan Garon (Panelist), Attorney, BRG Legal
David Greenham (Panelist), Executive Director, Maine Art Commission
Marianne H. Pinkham (Panelist), CFCS, MBA, MEd

Presentation Slides


Summit attendees reflect on key take-aways from the Summit and consider “Where Do We Go From Here”.

Virtual Exhibitor Booths

At UnitedHealthcare, we serve millions of people from their earliest years through their working lives and into retirement. What unites us is our mission to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone.

    The Maine Health Access Foundation is the state’s largest private nonprofit health care foundation dedicated to promoting access to quality health care and improving health.

    Many of our current programs focus on building the capacity of community-led organizations to create health outcomes that are more equitable for every person in Maine. Past and current grantees have helped to improve systems to address critical health needs, coverage, and access to quality care.

    The Vermont Community Foundation was established in 1986 as an enduring source of philanthropic support for Vermont communities. A family of more than 900 funds, foundations, and supporting organizations, the Foundation makes it easy for the people who care about Vermont to find and fund the causes they love. The Community Foundation and its partners put more than $60 million annually to work in Vermont communities and beyond. The heart of its work is closing the opportunity gap—the divide that leaves too many Vermonters struggling to get ahead, no matter how hard they work. The Community Foundation envisions Vermont at its best—where everyone can build a bright, secure future.

      Healthy Living for ME® (HL4ME®) is a statewide network of local organizations, health systems, and volunteers that work together to empower individuals to take control of their health. Through tailored services, HL4ME provides free and low-cost options that are personalized to focus on the entire individual rather than a single condition to improve overall quality of life.

      To learn more about HL4ME’s evidence-based programs, visit their website at To learn more about the additional Social Care Coordination services provided by the HL4ME network, email them at [email protected] or call 1-800-620-6036.

        Point32Health Foundation works with communities to support, advocate and advance healthier lives for everyone. Building on values of giving and service that were central to both Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation, we advance equity-focused solutions in healthy aging, access to healthy food and behavioral health. Point32Health Foundation seeks to collaborate with and learn from nonprofit organizations, understanding that those most affected by inequities are in the best position to determine the problem, design appropriate solutions and define success.

          Aetna Medicare Advantage plans take a total approach to health.  We want to help you get the coverage, resources and care you need. Our plans focus on your total health and include coverage for your Medicare Part A & B benefits as well as prescription drug coverage and additional benefits all at an affordable plan premium – sometimes as low as $0.  Plan features and availability may vary by service area.

            Martin’s Point Health Care is a not-for-profit organization providing primary care and Medicare and TRICARE® insurance plans in northern New England, New York and Pennsylvania.

              The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

              Call our 24/7 Helpline: (1-800-272-3900).

                JSI is a global public health consulting firm dedicated to building stronger health systems and crafting and supporting healthier communities.  JSI professionals collaborate with local nonprofit and civil society organizations, government agencies, and the private sector to identify and implement solutions to public health challenges. Based in Boston, JSI has offices in northern New England and around the country.

                  Disability Rights Maine (DRM) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is Maine’s designated Protection & Advocacy agency for people with disabilities. This means we represent people whose rights have been violated or who have been discriminated against based on their disability. Additionally, DRM facilitates programs including the Telecommunications Equipment Program (TEP) and Maine Relay, for individuals who struggle to use a standard phone. Equipment and hearing aids are a part of TEP, available for qualifying applicants.

                    Over the years, Volunteers of America has established itself as “The Place to Turn” for our country’s most vulnerable individuals. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 by social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth. They envisioned a movement dedicated to “reaching and uplifting” the American people. On behalf of the organization, the Booths pledged to “go wherever we are needed, and do whatever comes to hand.” That declaration continues to guide Volunteers of America’s outreach efforts today.

                    At Volunteers of America Northern New England we serve the people of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont with the promise to reach out and uplift the human condition and provide opportunity for individual and community involvement.

                    Volunteers of America has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Volunteers of America is also proud to be the largest provider of affordable housing in the country.

                    The five Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) in Maine serve as “one-stop-shops” to answer questions from older adults, individuals with disabilities and their care partners about a wide range of in-home, community-based, and institutional services.

                    The five Area Agencies on Aging include:
                    Aroostook Area Agency on Aging
                    Eastern Area Agency on Aging
                    Spectrum Generations
                    Southern Maine Agency on Aging

                    Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are experts at answering questions about in-home care services and other types of long-term support. Maine’s five AAAs are also Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) that:

                    • provide information and assistance to individuals needing either public or private long-term care resources,
                    • serve professionals seeking assistance on behalf of their clients’ long-term care needs,
                    • serve individuals planning for their future long-term care needs, and
                    • serve as the entry point to publicly administered long-term supports including those funded under Medicaid, the Older Americans Act and state funded programs.

                    Maine’s Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) are designed to serve all older adults, people with disabilities, and their care partners who have long-term care community or program needs.

                    Thank you for visiting our sponsors during our virtual summit!