Equity in Aging

SAVI Talks - April 22, 2021

Older adults face inequities from the actions of individuals and organizations, and at institutional and systemic levels. These inequities are based on, but not limited to, differences in age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, and socioeconomic status and class.  
 
On Thursday, April 22, The Polis Center, SAVI, WFYI, the IU Public Policy Institute, the IU Center on Aging Research, and the Central Indiana Senior Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, will co-host the SAVI Talks: Equity and Aging webinar.

This event will look at existing financial stability inequities among Central Indiana’s older adult population and consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters from The Polis Center and IU Public Policy Institute’s Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy will present the findings using a social-ecological model as a framework for interpreting the implications of the available data. Our panel noted below, representing social service agencies and the community, will discuss how these inequities are experienced by older adults and consider needed community action. Brittani Howell, Community Engagement Specialist, WFYI Side Effects Media, will moderate the discussion.
 
The findings draw from the State of Aging in Central Indiana Report, which was developed to serve as the premiere source of data related to growing older in Central Indiana. The report was developed by the Central Indiana Senior Fund in collaboration with The Polis Center at IUPUI, IU Public Policy Institute, and IU Center for Aging Research and will be published April 15. 

Older Adults Experiencing Poverty

State of Aging Report

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SAVI Talks Presentation

Articles and Story Maps

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Contributors

Central Indiana Senior Fund Advisory Board

H. Ken Bennett, Center for At-Risk Elders

C. Andrew Class, M.D., St. Vincent Stress Center

Susan Guyett, Retired

Kim Jacobs, Television Producer and Writer

James Leich, Retired President, LeadingAge Indiana

Jane Malkoff, Scout Advocacy

Ellen Miller, UIndy Center for Aging & Community

Keesha Dixon, Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis

Candace Preston, Veterans Health Administration

Heather Hershberger, Consultant

State of Aging in Central Indiana Report Advisory Committee

Gerald Ardis, Flanner House

Duane Etienne, President Emeritus, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions

Pat Healey, Ascension Health

Kathryn McEntire, RCI

Ellen Miller, UIndy Center for Agency and Community

Michelle Niemier, Center for At-Risk Elders

Todd Wagoner, Community Health Network

Carolyn Watts, Retired, Indiana Department of Child Services

Ruth Williams, Edna Martin Christian Center

Dustin Ziegler, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions

Produced by The Polis Center at IUPUI and SAVI in partnership with the IU Center for Aging Research, and the IU Public Policy Institute’s Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy.

IU Center for Aging Research (IUCAR), Regenstrief Institute

Nicole Keith, Research Scientist

Steven Counsell, Research Scientist

Dan Clark, Research Scientist

Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy (CRISP)

Breanca Merritt, Chief Health Equity and ADA Officer, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (Founding Director of the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy)

Kelsie Stringham-Marquis, Research Coordinator, IU Public Policy Institute (PPI)

Katie Rukes, Program Analyst, PPI

The Polis Center at IUPUI (Polis)

Karen F Comer, Director, Collaborative Research

Rebecca Nannery, Senior Research Analyst

Jeramy Townsley, Faculty Research Analyst

Unai Miguel Andres, Research Analyst

Jay Colbert, Data Manager

Matt Nowlin, User Experience Designer

LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Community Organizer

Sharon Kandris, Associate Director

Research Support 

Amnah Anwar, Research Assistant, Polis

Mackenzie Dafferner, Research Assistant, IUCAR

Mandy Dhillon, Research Assistant, Polis

Destiny Faceson, Research Assistant, CRISP

Weston Jones, Research Assistant, CRISP

Patrick Lai, Graduate Research Assistant, Polis

Rubi Mallers, Graduate Research Assistant, PPI

Emma Morone, Graduate Intern, Polis

Melissa Sherman, Graduate Research Assistant, IUCAR

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