(1) From 11:00-1:00 today, I was at a meeting at University of Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. The initial meeting of the Community Advisory Board of the WE HAIL (Workforce Enhancement in Healthy Aging and Independent Living) was held on the campus of UNTHSC, led by Dr. Janice Kneble, D.O., MBA, who is well-known as the leader of UNTHSC's Center for Geriatrics. Dr. Kneble is a professor at UNTHSC's medical school and is Lead for the $2.5M grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) over a 3-year period for the purpose of turning out more specialists in geriatrics among the ranks of physicians, nurses, and other providers.
I loved being in a room full of professionals who are as passionate as I am about making life good for "olders." My only complaint is that the meeting was over before I was ready to leave. I could have stayed there for a week to pick the brains of all these dedicated people so that they could teach me what they have learned over the years being in the "aging business." The Dean and Chief Medical Officer of the Texas College of Osteopathy sat next to me, and the room was full of physicians, nurses, and administrators from various local hospitals/agencies.
If you're interested in knowing, below is a link to a website dedicated to the WE HAIL program which explains its purpose, has a video of Dr. Kneble presenting to the Fort Worth City Council on March 22, etc.
(2) The Area Agency on Aging Tarrant County (AAATC) is working with North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) on a potential grant which would provide funds for Arlington residents to have rides to doctors appointments, but beyond just medical transportatio, it would also provide rides to buy fresh produce or other healthy foods, rides to an exercise place, anything that contributes to "healthy aging."
The goal of the programs is to find and test promising, replicable public transportation healthcare access solutions that support the following goals: increased access to care, improved health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs.
AAATC has appointed me to a committee to work on this matter and since the initial meeting this morning was in Denton at 10:30 and I had to be at the WE HAIL meeting in Fort Worth, at 11:00, I joined by conference call for the first part of the meeting. I am hopeful that some Arlington older residents will be helped by successfully winning the available grant $$ and I look forward to working with AAATC and NCTCOG on this project.
Elva Roy is the Founder of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.