Webinars and Online Sessions

Note: The webinars are not ordered by date.

5th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium

National Council on Aging
Monday, May 16, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


  • 10:00 a.m. – Welcome and Keynote
    • Keynote speaker: Jane Pauley
  • 11:00 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions
    • A Look at Trauma-Informed Care
    • Practical Strategies to Navigate Mental Health Resources and Services for Older Adults and Caregivers
  • 12:45 p.m. – Understanding and Prevention Suicide in Older Adults
  • 2:00 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions
    • Beyond the Doctor’s Office: Older Adult Mental Health Care
    • Alcohol, Cannabis, and Opioid Misuse in Older Adults
    • A Look at Grief and Loss through a Lens of Hope
  • 3:30 p.m. – Addressing the Intersection of the Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health

Register for Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium.

The Science of Addiction

Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.


  • Introduction: Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center
  • Eden Evins, M.D., Director, MGH Center for Addiction Medicine and Cox Family Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Stephanie Tabashneck, PsyD, JD, Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience, CLBB and the Petrie-Flom Center

The event will be recorded, captioned, and distributed at a later date for registrants who are unable to watch live.
Register for The Science of Addiction

Unwinding the Public Health Emergency: Strategies for Advocates to Protect Beneficiaries

National Center on Law & Elder Rights
Thursday, May 19, 2022, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic enabled thousands of older adults and people with disabilities to gain crucial Medicaid services without disruptive or extraneous administrative burden. The unwinding of the PHE would remove many of the flexibilities beneficiaries have relied on and reinstitute the regular redetermination process that states use to determine financial eligibility. The re-determination process can cause confusion for beneficiaries, providers, and caseworkers and millions of redeterminations are expected during the unwinding.
This training on public health emergencies will review the anticipated challenges of the unwinding of the PHE and provide advocates with tools and strategies to support Medicaid beneficiaries during this process.


  • Gelila Selassie, Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
  • Bethany Lily, Senior Director of Income Policy, The ARC

Register for Unwinding Public Health Emergencies.

Strengthening the Direct Care Workforce in Your State

Milbank Memorial Fund
Friday, May 20, 2022, 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.

The United States is facing a dire shortage of direct care workers who provide essential services to older adults and individuals with disabilities. Yet, states often struggle to determine how to tackle the problem in a systematic, effective way. This Milbank Memorial Fund webinar will explore state levers for change and key areas for action, such as raising wages and collecting and using data to inform interventions. These actions will support the development of a comprehensive approach to addressing the economic insecurity of the workforce and improving its capacity.
This 75-minute webinar will draw on a forthcoming Milbank Memorial Fund toolkit, The Direct Care Workforce Policy and Action Guide, by Courtney Roman, Carrie Graham, and Nida Joseph of the Center for Health Care Strategies, Clare Luz of IMPART Alliance/Michigan State University, and Kate McEvoy of the Milbank Memorial Fund. It will also offer insights from officials whose states are bolstering their support for the direct care workforce. 


  • Kate McEvoy, Milbank Memorial Fund (moderator)
  • Courtney Roman, Center for Health Care Strategies 
  • Julia Figueira-McDonough, Blue Shield California Foundation
  • Clare Luz, IMPART Alliance/Michigan State University

Register for Strengthening Direct Care Force.

Integrated Care for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries and Medicaid HCBS Rebalancing: An Update from MACPAC (the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission)

The Long Term Care Discussion Group
Monday, May 23, 2022, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Over the past several years, the Commission has engaged in many conversations regarding integrated care programs for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Their work has focused on three goals: increasing enrollment in integrated products, making integrated products more widely available, and promoting greater integration in existing products. Our presenters will share highlights from the draft chapter for the June report to Congress with a recommendation to require all states to develop a strategy to integrate coverage. They will also share high-level MACPAC comments on the Medicare Advantage proposed rule which included many provisions affecting integrated care for the dually eligible, including a plan to transition Medicare-Medicaid plans to Medicare Advantage dual eligible special needs plans, which was finalized on May 9. We’ll also discuss initial thoughts on the beneficiary experience in integrated care and improving integration for dually eligible beneficiaries in fee-for-service states.

 Over the last two decades, federal and state policymakers have focused on rebalancing long-term services and supports (LTSS) away from institutional settings and toward home- and community-based services (HCBS). The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated federal and state interest to promote the use of HCBS over institutional services and has exacerbated the workforce shortage. MACPAC is engaged in ongoing work focused on streamlining access to and incentivizing HCBS. The presenters will share preliminary work on considerations in redesigning the Medicaid HCBS benefit, and separately takeaways from a recently released issue brief on HCBS workforce shortages.


  • Kirstin Blom, MIPA, is the principal analyst and contracting officer for the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).
  • Asmaa Albaroudi, MSG, is a senior analyst for MACPAC.

Access the Integrated Care session via Zoom.

Solving the Housing Crisis, One College Campus at a Time

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 4:00 p.m.

Session about two innovative programs that are matching older homeowners who need a little help and companionship with college students who need affordable housing.


  • Dr. Ernest Gonzales, associate professor and director of the Center for Health and Aging Innovation, helped launch NYU’s Intergenerational Home Share Program.
  • Carrie Buck, executive director of Homeless Intervention Services of Orange County, partners with Cal State Fullerton on an intergenerational homesharing program.
  • A student and homeowner who are currently co-living.

Register for Solving the Housing Crisis.

Community-Based Approaches to Promoting Behavioral Health Equity: A Call to Action

Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 4:00 p.m.

Hear from the experts about their work related to community-engaged interventions that promote behavioral health equity, the role of community/patient engagement in advancing behavioral health research as well as community perspectives.
Register for Community Based Approaches.

Webinar on Preparing Responses to CMS Request for Input on the Implementation of a Minimum Staffing Standard and Equity Measures

The Consumer Voice, Justice in Aging, Long Term Care Community Coalition, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, and Center for Medicare Advocacy
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

Details and registration information forthcoming.

Race, Racism, and Oral Health in America

CDC Division of Oral Health
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

CDC’s Division of Oral Health is hosting the next webinar in their Dental Public Health Lecture Series. These webinars are for current dental public health residents, prospective residents, and anyone interested in the field of dental public health. They are designed to help dental public health residents gain a better understanding of the 10 dental public health competencies outlined in the American Board of Dental Public Health. They feature experts in dental public health to provide a deeper dive into their experiences and each competency, and other current topics in the field.
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the development and use of race/ethnicity categories in analysis of population data in the U.S.
  • Understand ways to measure the impact of racism on health and well-being.
  • Understand the role of racism on the persistence of oral health inequities in the U.S.

Presenter: Raul I. Garcia, DMD, MMedSc, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
Register for Racism and Oral Health

11th Annual LGBTQ Elders in an Ever-Changing World (VIRTUAL) Conference

AgeSpan, California State University-Sacramento, Care Dimensions, Good Shepherd Community Care, LGBTQIA+ Aging Project Fenway Health, Over the Rainbow Social Group, and Salem State University School of Social Work
Friday, June 24, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This year’s keynote speaker is award-winning filmmaker Stu Maddux, who will present “Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Resilience in LGBTQ Older Adults.”

Loneliness and isolation are being called the other hidden epidemics during the COVID era. Maddux will discuss his very timely documentary, All the Lonely People, which shares first-hand accounts of LGBTQ adults who have been featured in the documentary and have triumphed over the challenges of feeling alone. In addition, Maddux will highlight social engagement strategies that have helped people around the world reach out and connect.

LGBTQ Elder Conference flyer.

Conference Fee:
$95 – with CEUs / $75 – no CEUs
$25 – Seniors and Students

Register for LGBTQ Elders.

University of Southern California

ECHO Elder Abuse Identification and Clinical Management in Primary Care


  • Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF is a professor (with tenure) of Family Medicine and Geriatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
  • Bonnie Olsen, Ph.D. is a clinical geropsychologist, working in academic medicine for over 25 years. She provides cognitive assessment and psychotherapy in a collaborative geriatric primary care setting. Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.

Forensic Markers: Discerning Between Accidental and Abusive Injuries

Friday, May 13, 2022, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

An evolving literature supports specific injury patterns that can help medical providers determine the likelihood that an injury was intentionally caused. Dr. Mosqueda will review the information pertaining to pressure ulcers, fractures and bruising patterns providing knowledge that supports good clinical decision making. She will demonstrate use of the Geri IDT (Geriatric Injury Documentation Tool) to accurately record details of wounds so that wounds can be tracked over time and support criminal prosecution when needed.

Navigating Complex Family Dynamics in Elder Abuse

Friday, June 10, 2022, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Perpetrators of elder abuse are most often family members. Understanding common patterns within families that support mistreatment and neglect will help providers develop tailored and realistic interventions. Dr. Olsen will review a compendium of familial dynamic patterns that are commonly observed in cases of elder mistreatment. Participants will learn how to recognize and manage these relationships in the clinical setting which will allow providers to focus on the patients’ medical needs and provide clarity regarding appropriate referrals for family caregiver support services.

Preventing Abuse in High Risk Situations: Intervention Strategies

Friday, July 8, 2022, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Elder abuse often develops over time, is rarely a single isolated event and usually involves more than one type. Drs. Mosqueda and Olsen will discuss approaches to clinical decision making regarding if, how and when to intervene. Case-based review will demonstrate identification of the relevant factors and weighing alternative interventions. Participation will support more confidence in managing the multiple co-morbidities and psychosocial factors that so often accompany elder abuse and neglect in the clinical setting.

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Petrie-Flom Center (Harvard Law School)

Early June 2022

Conference Description

Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, health care delivery was already shifting away from the clinic and into the home, utilizing telehealth, wearable sensors, ambient surveillance, and other products. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the value of when “health care comes home.” Trends such as facilitating aging at home for seniors, keeping patients out of the clinic as much as possible, and telehealth have only been accelerated by the pandemic. For example, telehealth made up 50% of all physician visits in mid-April 2020 in response to the pandemic and continues to grow far past pre-pandemic rates.

We are currently in a unique position to reflect on the 2020-21 explosion of at-home digital health care and to think through the ethical and legal challenges and opportunities of this shift, finally leaving the 20th century focus on the clinic and the hospital for a more modern model. Patients will increasingly interact with digital products from the start of their care, using wearable sensors to monitor changes in temperature or blood pressure, conducting home or self-directed testing before virtually meeting with a physician for a diagnosis, and then using smart pills to document their adherence to the prescribed treatment. Some of these products may be direct to consumer while others will be designed to be integrated into the existing health care system. Some medical care may be relatively easier to translate from the clinic to the home due to factors, such as pre-existing clinician/patient relationships. Other services, such as diagnostics, may prove more complicated to shift into the home.

This year’s conference is organized in collaboration with Julia Adler-Milstein, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research at University of California San Francisco, and Daniel Kramer, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


We currently anticipate that the conference will be in person, on the Harvard Law School campus, in early June 2022. Due to COVID-19, however, we cannot guarantee that the conference will be in-person or the specific date. If we are unable to host the conference in person, we will work to translate this conference into a virtual event to be held in early June 2022. Register now to keep up to date with the 2022 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference. We will be in touch with further details as our plans develop.

Register for Diagnosing at Home

New York City Elder Justice Conference (Virtual)

Save the date: Wednesday, June 1 to Thursday, June 2, 2022


RISE (Repair harm, Inspire change, Support connection, Empower choice):

A New Multidisciplinary Model to Address Abuse of Older Adults


  • David Burnes, PhD
  • Marie-Therese Connolly, JD
  • Patricia Kimball, MS
  • Stuart Lewis, MD, FACP
  • Erin Salvo, JD

 MODERATOR: Geoff Rogers

Registration process forthcoming. More information: conferences@jasa.org.

Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Conference

Wednesday, May 18 to Thursday, May 19, 2022

Save the date for MA Suicide Prevention Conf  

Age + Action 2022 Virtual Conference 

National Council on Aging

Monday, June 6 to Wednesday, June 8, 2022 
A three-day virtual event that explores solutions to ensure equitable aging for all. Connect with colleagues, share innovative ideas, and discuss policy solutions that we can achieve together on behalf of older adults. 

Register for Age + Action

Global People’s Summit for a New Eco-Social World 2022 

The International Federation of Social Workers
Wednesday, June 29 to Saturday, July 2, 2022

The Global Summit for a New Eco-Social World is for everyone. It brings together community representatives, global organisations, government leaders, health and social work professions, environmental campaigners, people of lived experience, trade unions, civil rights champions, individuals, and members of communities, in partnership to begin this process.
The summit is timed to take place immediately before the United Nations High-Level Political Forum in July 2022. The conclusions from the summit will be delivered to the United Nations and all the world´s leaders.
The vision is that when we emerge from this pandemic, we co-build a world based on values that ensure our planet will be sustainable, and together we can provide good quality life-cycles , not only for each human being, but for each part of our eco-systems on which we all depend, leaving no one behind.

More information is here http://www.newecosocialworld.com/