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The Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education

The Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education is presented to an individual who has demonstrated continued excellence in training and education in the field of aging. Nominees must be current ASA members. Nominees should have made significant and long-term contributions to the field, and create visibility for exemplary training and educational efforts.

The winner will be featured in the Aging in America Conference program book, in Aging Today and AgeBlog, and on this page.

To be considered, nominees will be evaluated on:

  1. Significant and long-term contributions to the field;
  2. Development of relevant, culturally appropriate and comprehensive programs;
  3. Creativity and innovation in training methods, as well as use of technology;
  4. Evaluation methods to ensure efficacy;
  5. Outreach to underserved populations;
  6. Responsiveness to continuing education needs of providers.

Submit a nomination
Deadline: October 15


2018 Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education Winner

National Resource Center on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Aging

The 2018 Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education was given to a program of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA), the National Resource Center on AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Aging in Seattle, Washington. The Resource Center ensures current, culturally appropriate and comprehensive technical assistance and training and education by collaborating with organizations in the aging sector that specialize in family caregiving, elder justice, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and long-term services and supports (LTSS). All the program elements reflect a high degree of cultural and linguistic fidelity.

The Resource Center partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to develop and disseminate the Toolkit for Providers: Serving Asian American and Pacific Islander Families with Dementia, which provides an overview of Alzheimer’s disease in AAPI communities, and includes a list of available training and education programs to help service providers provide culturally and linguistically appropriate LTSS.

Finally, the Resource Center developed and launched a comprehensive cultural competency course on AAPI aging with the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities. It also is filling gaps left by a dearth of human translators for the more than 50 subpopulations of AAPIs through use of technological systems that translate and provide access to listening education sessions. The Center seeks to elevate the voice of AAPI older adults and their families nationwide through multiple social media campaigns and many other training programs.


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