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Taking a STEP in the Right Direction!
posted 02.20.2013

By Jarmin Yeh

The Students to Emerging Professionals (STEP) Group is a formal network of the American Society on Aging to help advance the educational and professional development opportunities for students and early stage career professionals working in the aging network and related disciplines. This year at the Aging in America Conference, STEP has organized a number of events, so mark your calendars! You can use the “Search the Sessions” feature on the conference website to add these programs to your itinerary.

STEP Peer Group
Tuesday, March 12, 5:45 – 6:45 PM | Ogden (West Tower, Silver Level, 3rd Floor)*

This forum seeks to strengthen the inter-professional linkages necessary for buoying up the capacity of a workforce trained to care for older adults and their families by helping professionals new to the field of aging find a foothold in the expansive realm provided by ASA. The purpose is to deliberately carve out a space for emerging professionals to convene, build collaborative bonds and trans-disciplinary networks. Students, early-career, and seasoned career professionals are all welcome to share their experiences and network!

Launching Leaders: Getting a Head Start on a Career in Aging
Wednesday, March 13, 8:00 – 9:30 AM | Columbus H (East Tower, Gold Level)

This session will help new professionals understand how to stand out during a job search in the field of aging. Attendees will learn tips and will have an opportunity to ask questions as well as have their resume/CV reviewed. Those interested in brushing up their resume/CV or learning more about looking for a job in today's environment are also invited.

Panelists include:

  1. Elizabeth Gould, LCSW, State Programs, Alzheimer's Association
  2. Amy Eisenstein, PhD, Research Operations Manager/ Research Assistant Professor, Buehler Center on Aging, Northwestern University
  3. Claudia Cook, MSW, Eldercare Consultant, LivHOME
  4. Janet Takehara, Program Director, H.O.M.E.
  5. Gayle Shier, MSW, Program Coordinator of Health and Aging, Rush University Medical Center
  6. Leah Brzezinski, Writer, Challenger, Gray, and Christmas, Inc.

Graduate Student Research Award Poster Session
Wednesday, March 13, 11:30 – 12:30 AM | Riverside Center East, Row 1A (17) Purple Level, East Tower)

Come hear about the cutting-edge research by Jessica Taha, PhD, University of Miami,  winner of the 2013 Graduate Student Research Award. Her award-winning research paper investigated the ability of 56 middle-aged adults (ages 40−59) and 51 older adults (ages 60−85) to use a simulated electronic personal health record (PHR) to perform 15 common health management tasks covering medication management, review/interpretation of lab/test results, and health maintenance activities. Findings from Taha’s study point up important factors for designing PHRs to meet the needs of middle-aged and older adults.

STEP Networking Event
Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 – 7:30 PM | Daddy-O’s (West Tower, Blue Level)

This session is designed so you can mix and mingle with other students, early-stage, and seasoned career professionals as well as network with ASA Leadership.

STEP Career Trajectory Panel
Thursday, March 14, 4:30 – 5:30 PM | Columbus G (East Tower, Bronze Level)

Population aging will create major challenges for states, economies and social institutions requiring leadership across disciplines to help support future aging and human societies. This panel of professionals will share personal stories and discuss how to navigate professional pathways from being a student to a leader in aging.

Panelists include:

  1. Mauro Hernandez, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Concepts In Community Living Inc.
  2. Kathy Sykes, MA, Senior Advisor, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  3. Catherine Spensley, MSW, Special Projects, Family Service Agency of San Francisco
  4. Alan DeLaTorre, PhD Candidate, Portland State University Institute on Aging

Come join us, we’d love to meet you!

Learn more about STEP.

Contact Gayle Shier, chair.


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