Encouraging Dialogue on Pressing Needs:
As a result of the Fund's affiliation with the City, it is uniquely positioned to understand the pressing needs and gaps in services for older adults. Building upon a history and proven track record in devising creative approaches in gaps in services, the fund initiated educational forums in 2014 to encourage dialogue. The first, held in May, was on Healthcare Reform and Aging Services Connections; the second, in October was on Food Insecurity. At the latter, selected thought leaders from academia, advocacy, government and not-for-profit senior food providers, helped formulate recommendations for the City's consideration. As a result of the former, food insecurity forums have been held in communities throughout NYC where incidents are highest. We've held them in Harlem, Central Harlem, Bedford Stuyvesant, The South Bronx and coming up on April 6th in Jamaica at York College.
In October of 2014, ANYF followed this inaugural forum with a track held during the New York State Society on Aging's Annual Conference. The focus of this track was on Food Insecurity with a panel of experts in the field, followed by a White House Conference on Aging 2015 facilitated dialogues among invited guests. Bios and Panelists presentations are available on this site.