University of Arizona Innovations in Healthy Aging 2022 Summit

Innovations in healthy aging summit 2022

As growing numbers of Americans live longer, expanded support from a variety of disciplines is critical to meet the needs of a diverse aging population. Our inaugural one-day conference in Washington, D.C., bridges academia and industry with collaborations with leading organizations and government agencies to bring creative solutions to wellness, education, and the workforce across the lifespan.

Photos from the IHA Summit 2022

Sessions & Panels

IHA Summit Session 1: Leveraging Telehealth to Improve Aging in Place

The impact of the pandemic has been profound on the expansion of home telehealth. Pre-pandemic, 48% of older adults age 65 and older had never used video chat. Now, two-thirds of older adults make video calls. This expert panel of diverse stakeholders discusses the growing utilization of home telehealth, along with approaches to improve clinical effectiveness, cost-efficiencies, and greater access, while complying with shifting regulations. 

Moderator: Tara Sklar, Professor of Health Law; Senior Faculty Advisor to Arizona Telemedicine Program and Innovations in Healthy Aging, University of Arizona.


0:00 | Tara Sklar - Welcome
3:17 | Kathleen Insel - Opening Remarks
8:00 | United States Senator Mark Kelly
13:14 | Jeanne Batalova
19:24 | Panel 1
20:09 | Allison Cohen, Shareholder, Baker Donelson
29:53 | Carly Kahn, Associate Director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
40:14 | William England, Senior Advisor, Health Resources and Services Administration
51:54 | Sierra Collins, Director in Quality Solutions Group, National Committee for Quality Assurance

IHA Summit Session 2: Fraud & Abuse, Compliance, and Consumer Protection in Long-Term Care


Older adults are at risk from the rise of predatory consumer practices, extending from classic “con-men,” sham phone calls, and online scams, to experiencing financial harm in a range of settings, including assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. This panel comprises industry leaders, senior government officials and expert regulatory and investigatory counsel to discuss the various roles of the government and the public to protect against common threats to an older population, along with sharing best practices and resources. 

Moderator: Howard Sollins, shareholder at national law firm Baker Donelson.


0:41 | Howard Sollins
8:56 | Sarah Hall, Shareholder, Epstein Becker and Green
17:46 | Bruce Lederman, President and CEO Charles E. Smith Life Communities
25:07 | Arun Rao, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Department of Justice
34:04 | Zak Shirley, Director, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Maryland Office of the Attorney General
42:01 | Panel Discussion

IHA Summit Session 3: Fireside Conversation - Innovations in Healthy Aging at the University of Arizona


Featuring members of the Innovations in Healthy Aging initiative’s working team members, this chat covered Age-Friendly University principles, knowledge and skills needed with future graduates, research on trends and perspectives and the launch of the IHA Advisory Council. 

Panel speakers: Tara Sklar, Kathleen Insel PhD, RN, Esther Sternberg MD, Mindy Fain MD.


0:00 | Tara Sklar, Professor of Health Law and Senior Faculty Advisor, IHA
1:20 | Kathleen Insel, Professor of Nursing and Director, IHA
11:52 | Esther Sternberg, Professor of Medicine and Psychology; Associate Director, IHA
21:28 | Mindy Fain, Professor and Interim Chair, Medicine Associate Director, IHA

IHA Summit Session 4: Aging Well For All


How can we all age well? Expert panelists share the latest information on caring for our future by investing in the current direct care workforce, expanding educational pathways to diversify the profession and strengthening company culture by driving a vision of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Work around developing and applying the equity standard for older adults in the built environment is also explored. This discussion aims to deepen our understanding of the steps we need to take to better ensure equitable access to resources as we age. 

Moderator: Anna Maria Chavez, Chief Impact Officer & President, Encantos Foundation; Chair, SCAN Foundation; Alumna, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.


0:30 | Anna Marie Chavez
3:05 | Ian Brown, Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Erickson Senior Living
11:54 | Robert Espinoza, Executive Vice President of Policy, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
22:29 | Adrienne Powell Ruffin, VP and Head of LTSS Strategic Initiatives and Operations, LeadingAge
34:20 | Kimberly Lewis, Senior Vice President, International WELL Building Institute
45:00 | Panel Discussion

IHA Summit 2022 Participant Interviews

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