For the 19th consecutive year, the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE), with the support of the Ohio Department of Aging, is presenting the OAGE Practitioner of the Year Award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that either have improved services to older adults through research and evaluation or have developed noteworthy partnerships with institutions of higher learning (e.g., universities, community colleges, technical schools) for the betterment of Ohio's elders.
Examples of initiatives eligible for the Practitioner of the Year Award include student intern and mentorship programs; intergenerational programs that benefit students and older adults; use of performance measures to improve services; partnerships with institutions of higher learning to improve or expand services; research that results in improved practices or new services; and partnerships aimed at expanding the health and long-term care labor forces.
Nominations will be accepted via the OAGE website through Nov. 19, 2021.
The award will be presented at the OAGE annual conference April 7-8, 2022 at Youngstown State University in Youngstown.
The 2021 recipient of the OAGE Practitioner of the Year Award was Ken D. Wilson, Vice President of Program Operations at Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, who is one of the first practitioners in Ohio to use research and/or evaluation to improve the effectiveness of the programs to elevate Ohio’s aging network.