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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 24, 2011

Bonnie Kantor-Burman takes the helm at the Ohio Department of Aging

New state aging director is an accomplished advocate for LTC reform and innovation

Bonnie Kantor-BurmanCOLUMBUS - Today, Bonnie Kantor-Burman, Sc.D., began her work as the director of the Ohio Department of Aging. Her appointment was announced earlier this month by Governor John R. Kasich. As director, she will help to lead the state's effort to transform health care and long-term care for its citizens.

For nearly two decades, Kantor-Burman has advocated for new approaches that emphasize quality, person-centered care while realizing cost savings. Her goals are to reform and enhance the quality and efficiency of our health care system, and to strengthen long-term care options that give elders more choices about their care. She believes in the concept of preventive gerontology, a wellness and behavioral driven model of life and care across the lifespan.

Before coming to the department, Director Kantor-Burman was the executive director of the Pioneer Network, a national center for the development of person-centered long-term care delivery systems. She drove consistent and creative public policy change at the highest levels of state and federal government. Prior to joining the Pioneer Network in 2007, Director Kantor-Burman was the director of the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Kantor-Burman earned her doctorate in health policy and management from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She currently resides in Gahanna with her husband, Robert Burman.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.

Note to editors: a print-quality photo of Director Kantor-Burman is available here or by calling the communications office at (614) 728-0253.

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