In the Twilight of Life: Community, Poverty, and Inequity in Aging
Our community is getting older, but we won’t all experience aging in the same way. Aging is a natural and deeply personal experience for each person and a very difficult journey for some. Join the Catholic Charities Social Justice Advocacy & Engagement Team as we explore the barriers people encounter when aging without a support system, the role poverty and inequity can play, and the impact it has on our community.
The event will begin with networking and appetizers at 5:30 PM with the program starting at 6:00 PM.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
5:30 - 8:30 PM
(program begins at 6:00 PM)
The 2020 Social Justice Assembly will feature a panel of expert, informative guest speakers:
Melea Blanchard, Program Supervisor, Homeless Elders
Melea Blanchard has been working with people experiencing homelessness at Catholic Charities for 12 years, specifically with older adults the last seven years and currently supervises the Homeless Elders program. In this time, Melea has gained experience working in shelter, rapid re-housing, care coordination for a health plan, and intensive case management. She enjoys working with older adults on securing stable housing and improving their quality of life, believes housing is healthcare, and that everyone deserves a place to call home, especially our elders. Melea has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls in Sociology, with a minor in Ethnic Studies.
Peter Cox, Reporter Covering Aging, Minnesota Public Radio
Peter Cox is a reporter with Minnesota Public Radio, and has covered the aging beat — focusing mostly on the impacts of the retiring baby boomer population on the state, its economy and its systems — since April. He’s been a journalist since 2002, working at local papers across Minnesota, at daily papers in Atlanta and New York and as a freelance print and radio reporter in South Africa. He’s a graduate of St. Olaf College and the Columbia Journalism School.
Pahoua Yang Hoffman, Executive Director, Citizens League
Pahoua Yang Hoffman is the seventh executive director of the Citizens League, and is the first woman and the first person of color to hold the position in the organization’s 67-year history. Pahoua previously served as Policy Director for the Citizens League and manager of government affairs and content administration for Twin Cities Public PBS. Her current board service includes Catholic Charities, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Girl Friday Productions Theatre company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas.
Allison Liuzzi, Research Manager, Minnesota Compass Project Director
As Project Director of Minnesota Compass, Allison works with a team of researchers to describe and measure progress on topics related to our shared quality of life in Minnesota. She has particular interest in demographic trends, employment and workforce development, and immigration. Allison joined Wilder Research in the spring of 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Luther College, her master’s degree from Michigan State University, and completed her doctoral coursework in sociology at the University of New Hampshire.