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Advisory Council Meeting

July 12, 2012

Minutes

Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525

 

Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

David Born

 

Melissa Buckskin

Helen Davis

Judy Jones

 

Audrey Ketchum

Ellen Lawson

Ellen Pihlstrom

 

Mary Shultz

Katie Stieber

Dave Thompson

 

Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora

 

 

 

 

 

Members Absent :

Nila Croll

Howard Hay

Richard Hedlund

 

Randy Mergler

Earl Stevens

Debbie Tellez

 

 

 

 

Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Moncia Becker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

 

Ruth Long

Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan

 

Linda Rumney

Mercedes Windsheimer

 

 

 

 

Guests Present:

Myles Crane

Cherrie Thornton

 

CALL TO ORDER

Judy Jones called the meeting to order at 1:33 p.m.

CONSIDERATION OF TODAY’S AGENDA AND MINUTES OF June 14, 2012

Minutes stand as presented.

Introductions of existing and new members

UPDATE ON OFFICE ON AGING

Ruth asked the staff members to give brief introductions of their roles in the Office on Aging.

 

Ruth announced that we now have a half-time position within the ARCH program to do application assistance.  Previously, we contracted with Elderhaus to provide this service.  Ruth filled the position last week.  The person started on Thursday and resigned that afternoon because she had received a full-time job offer from in another area.  Ruth will be interviewing some other applicants later this month.

 

Ruth reported on the proposed move of the State Unit on Aging (SUA) to Health Care Policy and Finance (HCPF).  As reported last month, the legislation had not been introduced to make the move.  As a result, Governor Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order to create a new department that will be called the Department of Community Living under HCPF and will include the State Unit on Aging, Developmentally Disabled programs and Long-Term Care services.  An advisory council has been created to help facilitate the transfer, but no timeline has been established.  Governor Hickenlooper’s action now coincides more closely with the federal organization. 

 

Ruth updated the Council on the “Silver Tsunami: Growing Older in Fort Collins” community conversations.  The participants expressed concerns about transportation, housing and health care.  The organizers are creating work groups with interested participants.  The first work group will be about transportation.  If anyone is interested in working on that project, please contact Ruth.     

BIOGRAPHY

David Born gave a brief biography.

COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS

Chairs of the Community Outreach & Information Committee, Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee and the Public Policy & Advocacy Committee gave a brief description of what their committees do.

 

LIAISON REPORTS

Bridging The Gap

Judy Jones gave an update on the Bridging the Gap event set for September 19 at the Embassy Suites.  The invitations for the event will be mailed out the first part of August.  The committee is in the process of trying to get the registration computerized. 

 

Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton announced that the SAB heard a presentation on the Mason Corridor project.  The SAB also discussed the final results of the Silver Tsunami Community Conversations.

 

Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Judy Jones announced that the SAB is putting together work groups.

 

Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported that the FOA is continuing its work with Art Bavoso on the Foundation’s mission statement and core values. 

 

Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Myles Crane reported on the “Make it Stop:  Elder Abuse Forum” at the Fort Collins Senior Center on October 22 at 4:30 p.m.  The forum will consist of a moderated panel with questions and answers, a community resource information area, a light dinner and a roundtable discussion facilitated by CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation (CPD). 

 

ADJOURNMENT                                                     

After Ruth read the a letter of resignation from Bob Tholl, Judy adjourned the meeting at 3:33 p.m.

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