The Network on Multicultural Aging (NOMA) is a national community of individuals and organizations who are concerned with diversity and working toward cultural competence on all levels. NOMA focuses on the following goals:
- To promote the understanding, appreciation and use of cultural differences as a critical factor in the development of systems, institutions and programs in the aging network.
- To provide a forum for discussing and addressing issues of multicultural aging, diversity and cultural competence.
- To collaborate with other ASA constituent groups and standing committees to weave issues of diversity and cultural competence into the fabric of the organization.
- To provide consultation, technical assistance and educational support to its members.
NOMA welcomes the involvement of all individuals and organizations concerned with diversity and cultural competence. NOMA members
- want to ensure that their services to older adults are culturally appropriate.
- are working or would like to work toward building an inclusive, multicultural organization.
- want to network with and learn from others in the field who are facing similar issues. regarding diversity and cultural competence
- want to serve a diverse population of older adults.
NOMA contributes to ASA’s various diversity programs and activities through the following programs, events and content areas:
- A national award program
- An annual program at the national Aging in America conference
- Regular contributions to ASA's AgeBlog
- Web seminars on multicultural aging issues
- Providing a forum and expertise to discuss best practices in multicultural and diversity activities through the Diversity in Aging Peer Group (convening at the annual conference).