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Inclusion Inisghts June 2018

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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June 13, 2018


Welcome to the eighth edition of Inclusion Insights, a regular publication
of LeadingAge North Carolina highlighting trends, practices,
and news related to inclusion and diversity issues in aging services.
We welcome your feedback, questions, and ideas.



Leadership

Foundation’s Diversity Study Released

The closing general session at our annual conference featured Dr. Jim Johnson from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and the public release of “African American Voices Regarding Continuing Care Retirement Communities/Life Plan Communities.” This research study, commissioned by the LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation, provides valuable insight into the fundamental question of why aren’t CCRCs/LPCs in North Carolina more racially and ethnically diverse and, more specifically, why aren’t there more African Americans in North Carolina’s CCRCs/LPCs? The study provided recommendations and we are in the process of assembling a special task force that will be charged with developing specific tools that both LeadingAge North Carolina and its member communities can utilize moving forward. Click here for a copy of Dr. Johnson’s PowerPoint presentation from the closing session.

Making Your Board More Inclusive: Two Cases
February 20, 2018, Nonprofit Quarterly

Read this article to find out what correlates with board diversity and access a useful chart, “diversity by field of practice category.” Two successful nonprofit board diversity case studies are presented. They include: 1) attracting and developing young board leaders and 2) emerging from a merger with high board engagement. Our boards are always evolving and there are definitely lessons to be learned as we all strive to develop a board that reflects our population on the whole.

Diversity is Difficult
April 21, 2018, BU Research

Organizational behavior expert Evan Apfelbaum at Boston University wants to better understand exactly how diversity messaging helps retain - or lose - employees. This brief article might help human resource professionals and others working on attraction and retention of a diverse workforce.

Maintaining Dignity: A Survey of LGBT Adults Age 45 and Older
March 2018, AARP Research

In 2017 on behalf of AARP, Community Marketing and Insights collected data from 1,762 LGBT individuals through a 10-minute online survey of LGBT Americans age 45 and older. The article summarizes this community’s concerns in general as they age as well as concerns specifically about healthcare. This article might help you and your staff become more sensitive to and better meet the needs of current and future LGBT residents.

Fighting Health Disparities at the Barbershop
May 21, 2018, U.S. News and World Report

Barbershops in Dane County, Wisconsin are becoming more than just a place to receive a haircut. Read more about the innovation and partnership that is helping African-American men reduce health disparities and remove barriers to healthcare. Maybe you will be inspired to find innovative ways to reach more diverse populations as well.



Resources

DHHS Releases Interactive Map Showing Social Determinants of Health Across NC

Social determinants of health are underlying social and environmental factors that can be responsible for more than 70 percent of a person’s health. Check out DHHS’s new interactive map showing social determinants of health indicators across the state including economic, social and neighborhood, housing and transportation status. After following the link, click “North Carolina Social Determinants of Health.” The map is part of the department’s efforts to look beyond what is typically thought of as “health care” and invest more strategically in health.

From Intention to Action: Practical Strategies for Addressing Diversity and Inclusion in the C-Suite
May 2018, Joanne L. Smikle, Ph.D.

Thanks to Dr. Joanne Smikle for her Deep Dive presented at the 2018 Annual Conference last month. She discussed obstacles to creating diverse, inclusive organizational cultures and helped attendees generate practical strategies for removing those obstacles. Please click here to review her slide presentation for ideas that might take hold in your community.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference

   

LeadingAge North Carolina was a supporting organization of this timely NC Chamber event held yesterday in Durham. The program covered topics that will help us create a culture of true belonging among residents, board members, and staff in our membership. Thanks to board member, Ursula Robinson, for her presence, and to members from Carol Woods and Carolina Meadows who attended and learned about the prevalence of implicit bias, diversity and inclusion best practices, and demographics from Dr. Jim Johnson that underscored the urgency of our efforts in this area. We'll see you at next year's conference!

Triangle EXPO for LGBTQ Aging Adults
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Five Points Center for Active Adults
2000 Noble Road
Raleigh NC 27608

Please consider supporting this EXPO that will include non-profit service agencies that are aware of the special needs of senior populations and are prepared to handle them. It will connect LGBTQ-affirming health care professionals, housing providers, businesses, and many others with LGBTQ people throughout the Triangle. The intention is to inform senior community members of agencies and organizations that are welcoming to a population that has sometimes felt marginalized and not always welcomed as they navigate the services spectrum.




Celebrations

Carol Woods Hosts Racial Equity Institute

In April this year Carol Woods in Chapel Hill hosted the Racial Equity Institute's anti-racism workshop. Pictured here are staff and residents who participated in the discussion about the impact of race and racism on today's society. Carol Woods will also be hosting a booth at the Triangle Expo for LGBTQ Aging Adults in Raleigh on June 23rd.

United Church Homes and Services LGBTQ Hosts LGBTQ Event

Also in April this year, United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) partnered with the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging to host the first “Giving Voice to LGBTQ Older Adults” event in Ohio. The event included a showing of the “Gen Silent” movie and several workshops. North Carolina is home to several UCHS communities including Piedmont Crossing in Thomasville and Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Lee Syria, President and CEO of UCHS, is the Chair of the LeadingAge North Carolina board.


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