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Dr. Fernando Torres Gil to Keynote Diversity: Aging with a Purpose at PSU Friday - 10/18/18

OGA 2018 Annual Conference
"Diversity: Aging with a Purpose"

Friday, October 19, 2018
8 am - 3:45 pm
Portland State University - Smith Memorial Student Union

8:00 - 8:30 AM: Registration & Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 AM: Welcome

8:45 - 9:45 AM: Keynote

Our keynote speaker is Fernando Torres-Gil, M.S.W., Ph.D., who will speak on the topic of his new book, “The Politics of a Majority-Minority Nation: Aging, Disability and Immigration.” Dr.l Gil is the former Asst. Secretary on Aging.

10:00 - 11:00 AM: Panel of Elders

The keynote talk will be followed in the plenary session by a panel of diverse elders, including José Manuel Romero, a retired educator, community activist and lifelong advocate for the Chicano/Latino community, Elaine Friesen-Strang, the Volunteer State President for AARP Oregon and formerly a state director for a guardianship program service for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and Tekle Sebhatu, a native of Eritrea, East Africa, who immigrated to the U.S. as a student in 1973 and became an entrepreneur and academician.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM: Concurrent Session 1

  • Marcus Mundy (Coalition of Communities of Color), Maria Caballero-Rubio (Centro Cultural of Washington County), and Jay Bloom (Bloom Anew) – Working with Communities of Color: Research, Policies, and Practice
  • Kathleen Sullivan, Ph.D. (Governor's Commission on Senior Services) and Scott Moore, J.D. (Quest Center for Integrative Health) – Creating Safe and Welcoming Space for LGBT Mid-life and Older Adults

12:15 - 1:00 PM: Lunch (not included in Morning-only registration)

1:00 - 2:00 PM: Concurrent Session 2

  • Mai-Yee Yuan (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) and Marilou Carrera (Oregon Health Equity Alliance) – The Intersection of Older Adults, Health, Safety, and Housing in the Asian and Pacific American Community
  • John Horvick (DHM Research) – Understanding Financial Security in Communities of Color in Oregon

2:15 - 3:15 PM: Concurrent Session 3

  • Ben Duncan (Multnomah County) – Developing a Workforce Equity Strategic Plan: Lessons Learned from Multnomah County
  • Alan DeLaTorre, Ph.D. (Portland State University) and Cory Bolkan, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Vancouver) – Age-Friendly Housing through an Equity Lens

3:15 - 3:45 PM: Wrap-up and door prizes

AARP Announces a New State Director for Oregon (Photo) - 10/05/18

Clackamas, Oregon -- Ruby Haughton-Pitts is the new state director for AARP Oregon effective October 8, announced Kim Adler, AARP Regional Vice President.  She takes over from Jerry Cohen, who opened the Oregon AARP office in May of 1996.


Haughton-Pitts returns to Oregon from AARP Illinois where she was Director of Outreach and Advocacy in Chicago. Previously she served as Director of Legislative and Public Affairs at CareOregon, Vice President of External Affairs for OCHIN (a nationwide nonprofit healthcare innovation center), and Vice President of Government Relations for U.S. Bancorp in Portland. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon.


Haughton-Pitts will oversee a staff of seven full-time employees as well as more than 150 state office volunteers who help achieve AARP’s Social Impact Agenda of empowering people to choose how they live as they age.


“I am delighted to join this amazing staff in addressing the needs of Oregon’s 50+ individuals and their families. This is a very special homecoming for me, and I am looking forward meeting new folks, reconnecting with old friends and delving into the work at hand,” said Haughton-Pitts.


AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP Oregon has more than 510,000 members and 150 state office volunteers as well as volunteers for the AARP Foundation Smart Driving Program and AARP Tax Aide.


AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit  Follow us on twitter @AARPOregon or find us on Facebook at


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