Patricia Oh, Ph.D., MSW

As a program manager at the Center on Aging, Patricia Oh, Ph.D., MSW, coordinates its Lifelong Maine initiative, which includes providing technical support and programming for the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities (NAFSC) in Maine, advising AARP Livable about its rural outreach efforts, and supporting the AARP NAFSC nationally.  She obtained a Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and MSW from the University of Southern Maine. Dr. Oh has more than two decades of experience in the field of aging. As a practitioner, her expertise is in translational research, program development, evaluation, research, and professional and community education. Since 2012, she has focused on age-friendly community development at the national and state levels, with a particular interest in rural communities. Dr. Oh is passionate about working with age-friendly practitioners and thought-leaders to develop resources that support community efforts to enhance the physical, social, and service environments so that older people (and people of all ages) can be fully engaged in community life and enjoy the best possible health and well-being.  Based on her work with communities and her research, Dr. Oh has authored book chapters and articles about age-friendly community development and is a contributing author to the award-winning AARP Roadmap to Livability Series and Rural Livability Report. Currently, her research focuses on municipal motivation to join the AARP NAFSC, the impact of joining on the social and service environments, and multi-sector collaborations to advance age-friendly community development, and specifically, higher education’s role. Dr. Oh is a frequent speaker at community events and has been invited to present age-friendly community development and healthy aging at state, regional, national, and international venues. She is a member of several professional groups, including the Maine Gerontological Society and the Gerontological Society of America. Locally, she serves on the Sagadahoc County Board of Health, on the board of the Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative, and is a member of the Maine Age-Friendly State Advisory Committee.