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Karen D. Lincoln

Karen D. Lincoln

Karen D. Lincoln is a social worker and sociologist with expertise in social determinants of health disparities. Her research focuses on improving the health and well-being outcomes for Black Americans, older adults and minoritized persons by investigating the psychosocial, behavioral, and biological mechanisms that link social determinants to health and well-being.    Prof. Lincoln has published […]

Professor, Dept. of environmental and occupational health, & director of the Center for Environmental Health Disparities Research, Public Health Program, University of California, Irvine. Founder director of Advocates for African American Elders
Panel:
Why older adults need advocates

Breakout session:
Ageism and discrimination: Start here, start now
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Karen D. Lincoln is a social worker and sociologist with expertise in social determinants of health disparities. Her research focuses on improving the health and well-being outcomes for Black Americans, older adults and minoritized persons by investigating the psychosocial, behavioral, and biological mechanisms that link social determinants to health and well-being.   

Prof. Lincoln has published over 80 articles and book chapters in the areas of social stress, aging and health disparities, and is an active public scholar and aging advocate, with op-eds in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets focused on long-term care and policies to support poor seniors.

She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a Hartford Faculty Scholar, an Encore Public Voices Fellow, and a Next Avenue Influencer in Aging. She was ranked third among the most influential African American social work scholars in the United States and was named among the Top 2% of Scientists Worldwide by Elsevier and Stanford University in 2022. 

Twitter handle: @KarenDLincoln

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Carolyn Cooper

Carolyn Cooper

Carolyn Cooper is New Zealand’s first Aged Care Commissioner. She was appointed in March 2022 to provide strategic oversight of health and disability services for older people in all settings. In addition to being a statutory decision maker on complaints about care provided to older people, Carolyn strongly advocates for older people’s rights to quality […]

Aged Care Commissioner, New Zealand
Panel:
Why older adults need advocates

Breakout session:
Transforming long-term care
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Carolyn Cooper is New Zealand’s first Aged Care Commissioner. She was appointed in March 2022 to provide strategic oversight of health and disability services for older people in all settings. In addition to being a statutory decision maker on complaints about care provided to older people, Carolyn strongly advocates for older people’s rights to quality health and disability services to support them to age well. Her 40-year career spans governance, executive and clinical leaderships roles across the public and private sector in New Zealand and Australia. Previously, she was the managing director and lead nurse for Bupa Villages and Care New Zealand, which supports more than 5,500 senior residents nation-wide. Carolyn began her career as a registered general and obstetrics nurse and has since held leadership positions across the health sector in aged care and hospital and specialist services. She is passionate about using innovation and collaboration as tools to achieve great quality of care and life for older people. She brings to her roles her lived experience caring for older people as a daughter and niece. 

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Susan Walsh

Susan Walsh

Armed with a bachelor of social work degree, Susan Walsh began her career as a frontline social worker in mental health. Soon she realized that to really help people she needed to have an impact at the decision-making level. She completed her master of social work degree, specializing in policy, from the University of Toronto […]

Senior’s Advocate, Newfoundland and Labrador
Panel:
Why older adults need advocates
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Armed with a bachelor of social work degree, Susan Walsh began her career as a frontline social worker in mental health. Soon she realized that to really help people she needed to have an impact at the decision-making level. She completed her master of social work degree, specializing in policy, from the University of Toronto and spent 31 years in progressive leadership positions within numerous departments of the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government focused on mental health, geriatrics, disabilities, child welfare, income support, indigenous services, municipal affairs and executive council. Walsh led several reform initiatives and served on various provincial and national boards. Her most recent role, prior to her appointment as Newfoundland and Labrador’s Seniors’ Advocate in June of 2022, was deputy minister of the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development. She was also the provincial lead deputy minister for the Federal/Provincial/Territorial National Committee on Social Services responsible for seniors, income support, and child welfare in the country. 

After a 30-year career inside the “system”, Susan finally realized the secret to creating real change and entered the world of advocacy. Susan has a unique perspective on the role of seniors’ advocacy and how to achieve it. 

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