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ASA Award

The ASA Award is intended to create visibility for the field of aging, and is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to aging-related research, administration or advocacy.

Nominees must be current ASA members and will be evaluated based on their contributions to aging-related service, including the impact their work has had on national policy or programs, and their professional reputation as a leader on aging issues.

The winner will be featured in the Aging in America Conference program book, in Aging Today and AgeBlog, and on this page.

Click here to submit a nomination
Deadline: October 15


2016 ASA Award Winner

Joanne Handy
CEO, LeadingAge California

Joanne Handy has a clinical background in nursing, and in 1972 she launched the  rst specialized home-care program in the nation; it later became a national model. She was instrumental in developing and launching the  rst homecare program for HIV-AIDS, as well as adult day care, elder abuse prevention services, geriatric mental health, hospice, dementia care and private care management programs nation-wide. Former CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston, Handy returned to the West Coast in 2009 to serve at LeadingAge California, which represents nonpro t providers of senior living and care services throughout the state. She also led the development of AgeTech California (now part of Aging 2.0) to advance the use of assistive technologies by senior service providers, and developed the EMERGE leadership program for early career professionals. Other projects include her work to help impoverished, abandoned elders in Nicaragua.

Nationally, Handy played a key role in developing the prospective payment system under Medicare and the original Medicare hospice bene t. While serving on AARP’s national board, she helped pass the 2009 Health Care Reform bill. Currently, Handy leads the Pathways Collaborative in California, an effort to develop LTSS  nancing for middle-income citizens.

In 1985, Handy founded what is now ASA’s Health and Aging Network, helping to recruit hospital profession- als into ASA. She served on ASA’s Board of Directors for two terms and was Chair from 2000 to 2002. A mentor in the ASA’s Leadership Academy, Handy also serves on the Generations Editorial Advisory Board and has presented programs at ASA’s annual conferences since 1986.

Joanne Handy was presented with the 2016 ASA Award at the 2016 Aging in America Conference in Washington DC.


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