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The Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education

The Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education is presented to an individual who has demonstrated continued excellence in training and education in the field of aging. Nominees must be current ASA members. Nominees should have made significant and long-term contributions to the field, and create visibility for exemplary training and educational efforts.

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

To be considered, nominees will be evaluated on:


  1. Significant and long-term contributions to the field;
  2. Development of relevant, culturally appropriate and comprehensive programs;
  3. Creativity and innovation in training methods, as well as use of technology;
  4. Evaluation methods to ensure efficacy;
  5. Outreach to underserved populations;
  6. Responsiveness to continuing education needs of providers.

Submit a Nomination or Self-Nomination

Nomination Deadline Extended to September 24, 2014!


2014 Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education Winner

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
received the
2014 Excellence in Education & Training Award
at the opening general session
of the 2014 Aging in America Conference
on Tuesday,
March 11, 2014.

Cultural Competency Training Program of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

The 2014 winner is the Cultural Competency Training Program of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. SAGE’s National Resource Center (NRC) on LGBT Aging, established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. The Center provides training, technical assistance, and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations, and LGBT older adults.

The Cultural Competency Training Programs’ premier tool is the training, “Improving the Quality of Services and Supports Offered to LGBT Older Adults,” which features a curriculum designed by leading organizations: SAGE, the LGBT Aging Project, GRIOT Circle, FORGE Transgender Aging Network, Centerlink, Openhouse, PHI and Hunter College; and delivered by a network of dedicated certified trainers across the country.

Through a combination of in-person and interactive trainings, plus webinars, the program teaches organizations and providers how to create an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for LGBT older adult populations. Training curricula addresses the culture, needs, and concerns of LGBT older adults; disparities in LGBT older adults’ access health and social services; best practices, policy, and practice areas for increasing inclusiveness and safety; tools and education that best serve LGBT elders who use or need providers’ services; health disparities between LGBT and non-LGBT older adults; judgments, myths, and misinformation about HIV/AIDS; and cultural competencies and behaviors/actions in the workplace that enhance service delivery, inclusion, and safety for the LGBT elder cohort. For more information on this program, visit


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