« Leonard Pitts Jr.: `Don't ask, don't tell' was always wrong | Main | Video | Snickers commercial: Divas’ road trip with Aretha and Liza »

Resource center for GLBT seniors wins $900,000 grant from U.S. Health and Human Services

News release from Department of Health and Human Services:

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced an award totaling $900,000 over three years to Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) to establish the nation’s first national resource center to assist communities across the country in their efforts to provide services and supports for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

“The Resource Center will provide information, assistance and resources for both mainstream aging organizations and LGBT organizations and will provide assistance to LGBT individuals as they plan for future long-term care needs,” said Secretary Sebelius.

SAGE is the nation’s oldest and largest organization serving LGBT older adults. In creating the Resource Center, SAGE will forge a partnership with 10 organizations with expertise in a wide range of areas including mainstream aging, LGBT aging, culture change and competency and program evaluation.  The Resource Center will engage, empower and support mainstream aging providers, LGBT providers and LGBT older adults to ensure that LGBT elders have the necessary and culturally appropriate supports and services to successfully age in place. 

“AoA frequently turns to national organizations to support our national network of community- based aging organizations in their efforts to work with specific minority populations that are traditionally underserved,” said Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging who heads the HHS Administration on Aging (AoA).  “AoA has traditionally funded national organizations to provide technical assistance on providing supports and services to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and Native Americans.  LGBT older adults represent a community with unique needs that also must be addressed.”

Among other tools, SAGE plans to develop a comprehensive, web-based clearinghouse which will include diverse resources, social networking tools, an “Ask the Experts” service, web-based trainings and other features. 

For more information about the National Resource Center, please contact: Greg.Case@aoa.hhs.gov   For more information about SAGE, please visit: http://www.sageusa.org/index.cfm

For more information about the Administration on Aging and its programs and services, please visit: www.aoa.gov

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b26169e20128778978fa970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Resource center for GLBT seniors wins $900,000 grant from U.S. Health and Human Services:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment