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GFIG Events Focus On Aging

Published: October 1, 2015

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences’ (FCS) Gerontology Faculty (and staff) Interest Group (GFIG) is scheduled to hold three events during the fall semester focusing on various healthcare topics, particularly aging. The events are open to the campus community, including students.

“The GFIG provides faculty from all areas of campus the opportunity to connect and collaborate based on a shared interest in gerontology,” said Maria Claver, an FCS associate professor. “The goal is to increase awareness about aging issues across our campus and provide resources for faculty members to include gerontology in their teaching, research and service activities. I believe that groups such as GFIG, and other interdisciplinary groups I’ve participated in such as the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership and the Center for Community Engagement Service Learning Community of Practice, bring us together and make our campus family stronger.”

As part of its “Lunch and Learn” program, on Friday, Oct. 9, from noon-1 p.m., GFIG will host Judy Schoen, Deputy Director of the National Center for Elder Abuse, as its guest speaker. The talk will be held in the FCS Room 108/110.

Prior to her current position, Schoen served as Director for the California Senior Medicare Patrol Project and has been heavily involved in federal government efforts to curtail fraud and abuse in the Medicare system. She has also coordinated the Financial Abuse Specialist Team in Orange County.

A member of the California and Orange County bar associations and past director of the Orange County Health Insurance Counseling Advocacy Program, Schoen served as legal counsel for the same program. Her primary passion is serving the needs of the aging population by advocating and educating at every opportunity.

On Friday, Nov. 6, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in FCS Room 108/110, there will be a GFIG/Community Partner Mixer sponsored by CSULB’s Center for Community Engagement.

The mixer will bring together 20 community agencies that serve older adults and 20 faculty members from across campus to participate in an activity that will give participants an opportunity to meet each other in brief exchanges. The last portion of the event will allow participants to talk further with anyone they have met that might be a good match for service learning, internships or community-based participatory research.

And, on Friday, Dec. 4, from noon-1 p.m., GFIG will host its second “Lunch and Learn” event of the semester when it welcomes CareMore Health System President and CEO Leeba Lessin as its guest speaker. The event will be held in FCS Room 108/110.

Lessin joined CareMore, a delivery system and Medicare Advantage Plan focused on the Medicare population, in 2006 and during that time it has gone from serving 15,000 seniors in Southern California to more than 80,000 in four states.

Before joining CareMore, Lessin held several executive positions at PacifiCare Health Systems, including President of Southern California and President of PacifiCare Oregon. Other roles have included President and CEO of Monarch Health Systems, a primary care physician system in California’s central coast, and Principal of Lessin Management Associates, providing strategic consultation services to medical groups and managed care organizations.

For additional information, contact Claver by e-mail or call 562/985-4495.

–Shayne Schroeder