Multicultural Coalition on Aging

Multicultural Coalition on Aging (MCA) Milestones

1994 - Founding members came together to produce a health information conference for older people in Greater Boston, inclusive of many racial, ethnic and linguistic groups. With a small grant from The Boston Foundation and the commitment of the original member agencies, the Coalition undertook to improve the environment in which health care is delivered to older people by increasing the knowledge about and sensitivity to cultural influences on health practices and health care delivery.

1995 - Aging Well Together: A Multicultural Perspective on Caregiving conference took place at Roxbury Community College, with 250 diverse seniors attending.

1996 - Aging Well Together: An Asian Perspective on Caregiving took place at Tufts University, with 325 attendees.

  • The Multicultural Coalition on Aging received the 1996 Hseih Award, from the Family/Culture promoting Asian/non-Asian collaboration.

1997 - First conference for health care professionals, Cultures and Aging: Meeting the Challenges beyond the Year 2000, focused on the challenges and rewards of providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to older adults.

  • Festival Latino de la Salud (Festival of Latino Health), four morning programs entirely in Spanish, were presented to Latino seniors in Boston providing health screenings, exercise, nutrition, diabetes and heart disease prevention information, lunch and music.

1998 - Aging Well Together Across Cultures: The Challenge of Change conference took place at Boston University. Presenting health information in eight languages concurrently through bilingual, bi-cultural professionals, including English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Khmer, Russian, Haitian Kreyol, Cape Verdean Creole.

2000 -  Roberta Rosenberg and Joanne Prince, co-chairs of the Multicultural Coalition on Aging, won the second annual Edward L. Cooper Award for Senior Advocacy from the City of Boston.

2000 - Aging Well Together: In Mind, Body and Spirit conference took place at the University of Massachusetts/Boston in eight languages

Coalition members hosted Harvard Medical School freshmen in a program, entitled "The Social Context of Medical Care," to increase awareness of the influence of culture, language and socioeconomic status on health.

2001 - Aging, Culture and Health: Creating a Culturally Integrated System, a conference for providers, brought together speakers from government and private sector to address the organizational challenges to providing culturally competent care to older adults of diverse cultures in our communities today.

  • The Coalition begins to be sought by others as a model. Presentations are made at national meetings of associations such as the American Society on Aging/National Council on Aging. Articles on the value of the Coalition to its members are published in newsletters of the ASA.

2002 - The Coalition takes a leadership role in the Boston Partnership for Older Adults, a citywide initiative to design and deliver a comprehensive and accessible system of community support for Boston's older adults.

2003 - Aging Well Together: Living Well Together conference takes place at Bentley College, providing a program about caring for each other with informal and formal resources as we age in our multicultural community. Attended by 325 older adults, delivered in 11 languages, this conference addressed the broadest cultural spectrum yet.

2004 - Roberta Rosenberg completes 10 years of inspired leadership. Marcie Freeman takes Chair. Coalition spends summer months engaged in facilitated Strategic Planning Process, completes Master Plan by October '04.

2005 - Coalition hosts Marie Smith, National President of AARP Coalition, as part of an AoA grant to provide Medicare and Medicare eligibility and benefits information to limited English proficiency populations.

2006 -  Aging Well Together: Our Health is In Our Hands conference takes place at Tufts Health Plan in Watertown, MA. The curriculum focuses on chronic disease self-management and is delivered in 10 languages and dialects to more than 280 older adults.

2007 -  Through a partnership with the American Red Cross, the first Joanne Prince Scholarship is awarded to student of color seeking CNA training

2008 - Aging Well Together: Our Health, Our Lives conference takes place at Tufts Health Plan in Watertown, MA. The curriculum focuses on heart and brain health, healthy eating, understanding health benefits  and is delivered in 10 languages and dialects to more than 350 older adults.  

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