“I am not sure if I would have been hired by the Council if not for this program and the level of comprehension presented. The program has enhanced my skills and practices as it relates to seniors.”
The partnership between The Ohio Department of Aging and The Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education has been instrumental in my competence regarding older adults. The Ohio Scholars in Aging program has enhanced my knowledge in policies, services, and funding relating to seniors in Ohio. As a scholar, I was presented an extensive amount of information concerning Ohio’s aging population. This program has given me an expertise into aging programs, funding and services under the Older Americans Act 1965. I am now able to link services and programs directly with policies. As a social worker interested in creating in social change, I have acquired processes associated with mandating change. The educational aspect of the program could not have been transmitted any better. The networking event with state employees was extremely helpful and pertinent information was relayed. The unit on aging has helped me to link services and funding at my field placement, Lifespan Inc. The contribution session which scholars were asked feedback about current services was humbling.
I was honored to be included in such an important part in the decision making process. The project I worked on explained the accreditation process of private non-profit agency. An obstacle presented to me during the presentation portion was speaking in large crowds. The Ohio Scholars on Aging program gave me a historical overview of services and programs in Ohio for seniors. I set a goal to gain employment at the Council on Aging at the beginning of Graduate School. I obtained an interview and was hired immediately. As I interviewed with the Council on Aging, the first question I was asked, “Tell me what you know about MyCare Ohio.” I was ecstatic because I was given the materials regarding the state policy. This program has armed me with the tools in becoming an AETNA Care Manager under the MyCare Ohio plan. I am not sure if I would have been hired by the Council if not for this program and the level of comprehension presented. The program has enhanced my skills and practices as it relates to seniors. I am able to distinguish policies and programs by funding on federal, state, and local levels. Lastly, the program has reiterated the need in advocating for seniors. As scholar alumni, I will continue in remaining abreast of all services, programs, and funding for older adults. This program is awesome; I could go on and on!