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OGA Annual Meeting & Presentation by Lillian Shirley (Oregon PHD Director)

Holy Names Heritage Center 17425 Holy Names D
Lake Oswego

About this event

This event is provided by Oregon Gerontological Association

OGA Annual General Meeting + presentation from the Director of Oregon’s Public Health Division, Lillian Shirley

Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2016


• Program: 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Holy Names Heritage Center (17425 Holy Names Dr, Lake Oswego)
• Networking: 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Stickmen Brewing (40 N. State St., Lake Oswego)
Fee: $5 for members; $10 for non-members (light refreshments served)

Meeting Program

3:00-3:30 p.m.: Registration and Networking (click here to register or go to (

3:30-4:15 p.m.: Business Meeting, including election of officers
Slate of officers:
• Past president -Alan DeLaTorre
• President – Janice McGuire
• President-elect -Walt Dawson
• Treasurer – Karen Kinzey

• Secretary – Colleen Davis

4:15-5:00 p.m.: Presentation – Lillian Shirley
Presentation Title: Oregon’s Approach to Collaborating across Sectors to increase Years of Healthy Life for Older Adults

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Post-event informal networking at Stickmen Brewing Company in Lake Oswego

Presentation information: From 2000 to 2011 Oregon experienced a 25.9% increase of older adults (65+). In 2013, Oregon was selected to participate in the Association of State and Territorial health Officials (ASTHO) healthy aging/public health learning community. The learning community was developed to identify best practices and lessons learned in implementing a comprehensive approach to improve the health of older adults. Oregon identified four different strategies to address their goal of improving the quality of life and increasing years of healthy life by promoting healthy aging. The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division collaborated across sectors including: Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention; Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention; Health Security Preparedness and Response; HIV/STD/TB; Injury and Violence Prevention; Maternal and Child Health; and Women Infants Children (WIC). The four strategies included: (1) establish an Oregon index for healthy aging based on national standards and measures intended to reflect how well Oregon adults are aging; (2) research and identify possible BRFFS questions that can inform a broader healthy aging index; (3) coordinate and collaborate with DHS-Aging & People with Disabilities partners and other partners working on healthy aging in Oregon; (4) Address the entire population across the lifespan in grants to communities – encouraging local collaboration among Area Agencies on Aging and Local Public Health Departments. In this session, Oregon will share lessons learned around the keys to successful partnerships across sectors and comprehensive state-level actions that can be taken to promote healthy aging.

Lillian Shirley is the director of the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division and has been a local and a national leader in advancing public health. Most recently, she led the Multnomah County Health Department. Ms. Shirley was the Vice Chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board that designed Oregon’s Transformation Plan. She served as the founding Vice Chair of Health Share, Oregon’s largest Coordinated Care Organization. Before coming to Oregon, Ms. Shirley was the Director of Public Health for the City of Boston and was also the first executive director of the Boston Health Commission, where she led the agency through the establishment, design and organization of the new public health authority in Boston.

Ms. Shirley has served on the boards of the Public Health Foundation, the Oregon Public Health Institute, Portland Sustainable Development Commission and served as President of the National Association of City and County Health Officials. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of the State of New York. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.