In This Issue of the CARIE Journal:
Celebrate CARIE’s 40th Anniversary!
International Women’s Day Letter Writing Campaign
CARIE Adds New Victim Advocacy Program
Meet CARIE’s Newest Board Member
Message from the Executive Director
JOIN US AS CARIE CELEBRATES 40 YEARS!
Come and share a very special evening celebrating CARIE’s 40 years of advocacy in behalf of the dignity, independence and well-being of older adults throughout our communities! Enjoy great food aDATE: nd drink, wonderful company, and the excitement of bidding on art, jewelry, exotic vacations, theater, dining, sports events, and all sorts of terrific auction items. And, while have a great time, you will be supporting CARIE, helping to ensure that CARIE continues to be a strong and effective voice for the rights and concerns of older adults, especially the most vulnerable, through the decades ahead.
We are especially pleased and proud to be recognizing Bill Benson, Managing Parter, Health Benefits ABCs and Ray Landis, Advocacy Manager, Pennsylvania AARP with the 2017 Spirit of CARIE award. The honorees will share their perspectives on the road ahead for aging services and elder advocacy at a Benefactor reception from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM on April 20th at WHYY, immediately preceding the auction event. We look forward to seeing you on April 20th! Tickets can be purchased online or by contacting Michele Mathes via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 267-546-3436
Date: April 20, 2017
Place: WHYY Studios
150 North 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm
CARIE HOSTS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN
On Wednesday March 8th, in honor of International Women’s Day and in solidarity with the Day Without Women Strike, CARIE hosted Women’s Voices in Aging, a letter writing campaign to elected officials about healthcare policies that greatly impact older adults. People gathered at the CARIE office to talk about the Affordable Care Act Repeal, the implications of the Medicaid Block Grant and Per Capita Cap Spending Proposals, and the PA Department of Health and Human Services consolidation proposal.
The goal of the event was to raise awareness and to let women’s voices be heard about the harm each of these proposals may cause to older adults. The result of the 2-hour event, was a collection 30 postcards written to Senators, Representatives, and Governor Wolf, urging them to make older adults a priority when creating and voting on healthcare policy. CARIE is conducting an advocacy campaign to save the PA Department of Aging from being consolidated into a new Department of Health and Human Services. Please contact Kathy Cubit at email@example.com for a copy of the advocacy alerts and how to help this effort.
To learn more about these issues please see the below Fact Sheets. Each sheet has links to additional information on each topic, and contact info for your elected officials if you want to send your own letter.
Fact Sheet: ACA Repeal
Fact Sheet: Medicaid Block Grant
Fact Sheet: PA Department of Health and Human Services Consolidation
CARIE INITIATES PROGRAM ADVOCATING FOR VICTIMS IN
LONG TERM CARE
Navigating the Philadelphia criminal justice system with its postponements, unfamiliar procedures, and sometimes unfriendly courts can be daunting for victims, especially frail older victims. Yet, the opportunity to testify, to tell the story and the impact of victimization to the court and to help ensure that the perpetrator is held accountable is very important to crime victims. CARIE’s Providing Advocacy for Victimized Elderly (PAVE) program provides information, guidance, assistance and advocacy for elder victims, helping them to overcome barriers to participation in the criminal justice process.
As a result of physical disabilities, language barriers and mental health issues, elders receiving long term care services are particularly vulnerable to victimization but the least likely to have their case pursued through the courts or to be able to participate in the criminal justice process. CARIE is pleased to welcome Juliane Holz as a PAVE staff member. Juliane’s focus is advocacy for elders in long term care settings who become victims of crime and abuse.
As CARIE’s Long Term Care PAVE Advocate, Juliane ensures elders are aware of their right to report a crime to law enforcement. She helps the victim navigate the criminal justice process by accompanying them to court and assisting in filing for Crime Victim Compensation and developing a victim impact statement. Juliane also will help a victim obtain a ‘stay away order’ when necessary to ensure that staff or others who threaten an elder’s safety are not permitted further contact with the victim. Juliane also assists victims through advocating on their behalf with long term care services providers and by making referrals when needed. Juliane can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by telephone at (267) 546-3061.
Born in Germany, Juliane came to Philadelphia by herself “three days out of high school.” Before joining CARIE, Juliane worked at Center in the Park for almost 15 years where she held a number of positions including providing case management services for home-bound elders and their caregivers and advocating for elders in long term care through the ombudsman program. Juliane earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Gwynedd-Mercy University and a Masters in Forensic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In her free time, Juliane volunteers for PAWS for People, taking her dog Theodore to hospitals providing pet therapy. Welcome to CARIE, Juliane!
MEET JETHRO HEIKO,
CARIE’S NEWEST BOARD MEMBER
Meet Jethro Heiko, the newest member of CARIE’s Board of Directors. Jethro is CEO and Founding Partner of Common Practice, a healthcare innovation company that focuses on one of the most pervasive problems in healthcare today: the avoided conversations about serious illness and death.
Q: Jethro, please tell us a bit about your background and why you chose to focus you professional work on addressing the “avoided conversations” in health care.
A. I grew up in Boston and studied philosophy, history and African-American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Following the death of my father 20 years ago, I founded a bereavement support organization which helped college students cope with the serious illness or death of a loved one. Through this experience I learned how meaningful and surprisingly joyful these conversations about what matters most can be and was struck that people do not have to wait until there is a health crisis to have and benefit from these conversations.
Q: What is the mission of Common Practice and what is the significance of its name?
A: Our mission is to design the practical tools that make important but difficult conversations accessible to everyone. Too often, conversations about what matters most to us are avoided – in healthcare, but also in our daily lives. Working with our partners and customers, we make great conversations common practice.
Q: What made you want to become part of the leadership of CARIE?
A. I feel very passionately that it is a travesty for any elder to not be respected in their final years or decades of life. I am excited to join the CARIE board to bring my whole self to the critical mission of the organization.
Q: What role do you see for yourself as a Board member?
A: I am an experienced community organizer and have learned a lot about how organizations grow, involve others and build power. And I am also a business leader who has learned how to bring these community organizing and advocacy skills into business. I want to contribute the skills, insights as well as the relationships that I have built to support the work and mission of CARIE. CARIE’s Board is thrilled to welcome Jethro as a member!
A MESSAGE FROM DIANE MENIO,
This year we are excited to be celebrating CARIE’s forty years of advocacy for the dignity, self-determination, and quality of life of older adults. As we look back, we are grateful for the opportunity to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of elders across Pennsylvania through individual direct service, community and professional education programs, and CARIE’s systems-level advocacy. We also know that it would not have been possible to accomplish all we have without the wonderful support of our donors, whose contributions to CARIE have enabled us to continue to grow to meet the evolving challenges older adults face.
Looking ahead, we know that these challenges will not lessen. The population of older adults will increase and proposed changes in programs and policies promise to make accessing needed services and supports more difficult. What continues to set CARIE apart is our ability to assist elders and caregivers with any problem they need help with. No issue is beyond our concern or effort to help. CARIE enters upon the next four decades strong, firm in our commitment to assist and advocate in behalf of every older adult we reach.
Come celebrate our important milestone with us on April 20th! Enjoy a wonderful evening with friends and colleagues while supporting CARIE’s elder advocacy. Tickets are available online at our event website. And, whether or not you are able to be with us on April 20th, please join in the fun of bidding online for terrific auction items. Thank you!