The center, created in 2017, focuses on strategies that will strengthen linkages and coordination between community and clinical care options. In order to successfully improve the population health of the surrounding community, the center has promoted evidence-based practices and policies about chronic disease prevention and management, explored interactions between health, aging and technology, evaluated economic and policy issues related to population aging, and more.
Center Founding Director Dr. Marcia Ory and co-director Dr. Matthew Lee Smith received the award. Dr. Ory described the center’s mantra as “Active for Life—every one, every day, every age.”
HLC president Mary R. Grealy emphasized the importance of providing a broad spectrum of health care services. “It is now more apparent than ever that the doctor’s office does not play the only role in one’s health,” she said. “As senior health has moved to the forefront of the conversation, addressing social determinants of health and connecting the dots to achieve the best outcomes for the aging is something in which the Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging has managed to excel.”
Texas Congressman Mr. Bill Flores stated, “Their cutting-edge work goes beyond traditional approaches to promote healthy and successful aging with a holistic focus on the social, behavioral and environmental factors that surround today’s seniors.”
The HLC created the Redefining American Healthcare Award to recognize best practices and programs in communities and organizations across the nation that optimize care for high-need patients.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 23