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Adamsen and Ward Present on Needs Assessment at National Conference

Jul 2, 2019

NRCNAA Collette Adamsen and Cole Ward spoke June 18 at the Age+Action Conference hosted by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Adamsen is the director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) at the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Ward is a project coordinator with the NRCNAA.

The conference, held June 17-20, in Washington, D.C., brought together more than 800 professionals from across the country who are dedicated to advocating and raising awareness about the needs of the aging population. Adamsen and Ward presented on the topic Identifying our Needs: A Survey of Elders.

"The NRCNAA had the opportunity to present at the conference, which allowed us the opportunity to bring our program to a national platform and to a diverse audience in the aging field," Adamsen said. "The presentation provided us the chance to feature our program and the important work we conduct with tribal communities throughout the nation. Throughout the presentation, many of the attendees had questions about our work. In fact, some professionals approached us about creating a partnership with their organizations. In addition, we are doing a collaborating with NCOA on a project about implementing evidence-based programs into tribal communities for Native elders, so it was important to support a conference hosted by an NRCNAA partner."