The University of Arizona Innovations in Healthy Aging Strategic Initiative put on the “Innovations in Healthy Aging 2022 Summit: Bridging Academia and Industry” at the UA’s Washington, DC Center. This initiative seeks to “bring creative solutions to wellness, education, and the workforce across the lifespan”. The event featured panel sessions on Leveraging Telehealth to Improve Aging in Place; Fraud & Abuse and Consumer Protection in Long-Term Care; and Aging Well for All. Event organizer and Master of Ceremonies Tara Sklar, JD, MPH of the UA’s College of Law said, “The summit is designed to foster conversation across academia, government and industry to address gaps between higher education and what is needed in the field. It is the first of many opportunities to discuss how we can leverage our collective resources.” Senior Vice President of the University of Arizona Health Sciences, Michael Dake, MD offered the closing remarks at the event, which emphasized how inspiring these discussions are to align our graduates and research with what is needed in the years ahead.
As Arizona’s only legislator on the Special Committee on Aging, Senator Mark Kelly provided a filmed welcome to the summit participants. The event was sponsored by generous support from Baker Donelson, Federal Bar Association Chapters in Maryland and DC, and Aging with Edge.