Online colloquium to focus on equity, inclusion in older populations

The University of Maine Center on Aging will host the 16th Annual Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium, “Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Delivery of Age Friendly Health Care” online Oct. 25. The colloquium, which is co-sponsored by the UMaine Institute of Medicine and School of Social Work, the Maine Gerontological Society, the Maine Council on Aging, the Maine Health Access Foundation, and Maine’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, AgingME, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

This year the colloquium is dedicated to addressing the challenges surrounding the provision of age friendly health care for diverse and underserved populations of older adults. Promising strategies for advancing anti-racist, anti-ageist and equitable health and human services will be shared as participants consider the progress being made in advancing inclusive, evidence-based health care.

Colloquium goals include teaching attendees to recognize unconscious biases that impact quality of care, fostering inclusion and equity to provide equitable person-centered care, and teaching participants to apply practical frameworks and methods that value and appreciate human difference in the delivery of the health and human services. Medical and behavioral health professionals, students and professionals in allied health roles, health care clinicians, administrators, researchers, educators, care managers and public health policymakers will benefit from attending this event.

The agenda includes presentations, panel discussions and workshops focused on developing health promotion programs for vulnerable populations such as identifying best practices in caring for older LGBTQ clients; understanding why diversity, equity and inclusion are important in care organizations; rethinking ageism in health care; and preparing the future workforce to deliver equitable care to older adults. The event culminates with a panel discussion, “Promising Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Practices in Maine Organizations.”

Attendees must register by Oct. 18. A $30 fee applies. Maine Gerontological Society members are eligible for a reduced registration fee of $15; students and adults 65 years and older can attend for free. Participants can register online with a credit card or electronic check or submit a completed application and check by mail.

Find more information, a registration form, and the colloquium program online. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for physicians and other medical professions are available.

For more information, or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Lenard Kaye, 207.262.7922;

Contact: Joan Perkins,