Actively Partnering With AAAs and Local Service Providers To Meet the Nutrition Needs Of Older Adults: Lessons Learned

June 22, 2020

4:00pm EDT

State Unit on Aging nutrition professionals have and continue to provide critical support for Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers in their states during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Engaging their statewide networks of senior nutrition programs to ensure they are adequately resourced with information, technical assistance, funding and other provisions to meet the needs of the older adults that they serve, is an essential aspect of this support. Join two of your peer SUA nutrition professionals, Erik White (Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services) and Renae Brown (Georgia Division of Aging Services) to learn more about their COVID-19 experiences, state- and provider-level challenges, promising practices used to engage providers and their lessons learned thus far.


Erik White, MS, RDN, LMNT
DHHS Program Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Renae Brown, MS, RD, LD
Chief Dietitian, Division of Aging Services, Livable Communities Section, Georgia Department of Human Services

Webinar Resources:

Actively Partnering With AAAs and Local Service Providers Audio

Actively Partnering With AAAs and Local Service Providers Presentation

Updating Your Programming to Attract Baby Boomers: Practice Models for State and Local Nutrition Professionals

July 16, 2018

3:30pm EST

As the Baby Boomer population becomes of age, they are sure to impact the ways in which aging services are provided in every community. Engaging this growing population of older adults is vital, however; the ways in which aging services are offered will need to change in order accommodate their interests, needs and preferences. Many states are identifying and testing creative collaborations and new service delivery models that involve traditional and non-traditional stakeholders across the spectrum of community-based service providers.


Uche Akobundu, PhD, RD
Senior Director, Nutrition Strategy and Impact, Meals on Wheels America

Maria Mahar, MA, RD, CDN
Director of Senior Nutrition Services, Onondaga County Office for Aging

Erik White, MS, RD, LMNT
Registered Dietitian, DHHS Nebraska State Unit on Aging

Webinar Resources:

Updating Your Programming to Attract Baby Boomers Audio

Updating Your Programming to Attract Baby Boomers Presentation

A ‘Fresh’ Take on Nutrition Education at Congregate Sites: Exploring Opportunities for State & Local Nutrition Professionals

January 24, 2018

3:30pm EST

Nutrition education is more than providing information; it is intended to change behaviors in order to improve health and well-being. In the Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Program, nutrition education is a key tool for maximizing nutritional health that supports older adults’ health and independent lifestyle. This webinar identified the requirements of the OAA for nutrition education, explored definitions for nutrition education and introduced an innovative nutrition education program used at Iowa congregate meal sites. The program includes monthly discussions lead by a facilitator using the Fresh Conversations newsletter developed by the Iowa Department of Public Health with USDA SNAP-Ed funding. Information on how the Fresh Conversations program was developed, implemented and evaluated will be provided.


Holly Greuling, RD, LD
National Nutritionist, Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging

Carlene Russell, RD
Health and Wellness Officer, Iowa Department on Aging

Doris Montgomery
Community Health Specialist, Iowa Department on Aging

Webinar Resources:

A ‘Fresh’ Take on Nutrition Education Audio

A ‘Fresh’ Take on Nutrition Education Presentation

SNAP and the Title III Nutrition Programs

January 13, 2016

3:30pm EST

Older adults participating in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) can use those benefits as a voluntary contribution toward the OAA meal if that is what the older adult wishes to do. However, the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) may create problems for local nutrition programs to accept SNAP benefits as contribution. This is an opportunity to hear from the federal perspective how SNAP benefit can be used. Two State Agencies on Aging, New York and Wisconsin will also share how they maximize the SNAP as program contributions at the service provider level.

Lynn Hart
Aging Services Nutrition Consultant II, New York State Office for the Aging, Albany, NY

Jenifer O’Keefe MS RD
Aging Services Nutrition Consultant, New York State Office for the Aging, Albany, NY

Sara Koenig, MS RDN CD
Elder Nutrition Program Manager, Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources, Madison, WI

Webinar Resources

SNAP Audio

SNAP Handout

AGID Database

July 8, 2015

3:30pm EDT

In this webinar, Amy demonstrated how the AGing Integrated Database (AGID) database can be used to compare national and state-to-state data for OAA Title III and Total Expenditures and to contrast your state’s data against regional and national averages (taken from State Program Report (SPR) data from FY2011-2013). This webinar was designed to help your SUA better understand how your state’s data relates to the data of your surrounding states; how the compiled data can be used as a critical program management tool in your state; and how data reporting can support your advocacy efforts.


Amy Wiatr Rodriguez, MSW

Aging Services Program Specialist

Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living

Webinar Resources

AGID Audio

AGID Presentation

More Than a Meal: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial

April 28, 2015

3:30pm EDT

In this webinar, participants benefited from a discussion of the impact of varied service delivery models on patient-centered outcomes (i.e., quality of life, social isolation, falls risk, hospital readmission) and implications for state-level decision-making with regard to how service delivery models can be implemented to support optimal client health. This is important as senior nutrition programs have been forced by limited funding, rising costs, unprecedented demand and need, and increasing for-profit competition. In 2014, Meals on Wheels America set out to compare the experience and health outcomes realized by older adults who receive three different levels of service: daily traditional meal delivery, once-weekly frozen delivery and individuals who remain on waiting lists. This webinar described the “More than a Meal” project supported by the AARP Foundation and Meals on Wheels America, in collaboration with Brown University’s School of Public Health – providing promising proof that Meals on Wheels does, in fact, deliver so much more than just a meal.


Kali Thomas, PhD

Health Services Researcher and Principal Investigator

Brown University

Webinar Resources


MTAM Handout

Addressing Barriers To Participation Through Customer-Friendly Meal Service Policy

July 29, 2014

3:00pm EDT

The Older Americans Act Nutrition Program (OAA) is a partially federally-funded, state-administered program. The State Units on Aging are responsible for developing policies and procedures for the administration of the programs in accordance with the requirements of the OAA. With a focus to better serve our increasing population of older adults, it can be a challenge to develop state program policies that best address their needs, decrease perceived barriers to participation and still stay within the intent of the OAA. This discussion webinar will share a couple of state level policies now in place that address leftovers and carryout meals in the congregate nutrition program and provide an overview of the expectations of the OAA in state policy development.


Audrey  Edmisten, RD, LDN, MPH

Nutrition Program Consultant

North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services

Sara Koenig, MS RDN CD

Elder Nutrition Program Manager

Wisconsin Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources

Jean Lloyd, MS, RD

National Nutritioninst

Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion

U.S. Administration on Aging

Administration on Community Living

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Webinar Resources

Barriers to Participation Audio

Barriers to Participation Presentation

Prioritizing and Targeting Nutrition Services

April 22, 2014

3:00pm EDT

The population of older persons is increasing rapidly and is causing a surge in the need for nutrition and social service programs. Because there are limited service dollars, states are trying to assure that nutrition services are provided to those in greatest need. This discussion webinar for SUA Dietitians and Nutrition Program Administrators will feature four states and how they address these issues. The results of information gathered from the states on prioritizing and targeting will also be shared.

Jean Lloyd, MS, RD, Moderator

National Nutritionist

Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion

U.S. Administration on Aging

Administration for Community Living

Department of Health and Human Services


Beth Batman, M.S.

Programs Administrator

Oklahoma DHS Aging Services

Barbara Estrada M.S., R.D.N.

Public Health Nutritionist

California Department of Aging

Sherri King, BS, MA, BCCC, CHBC

Coordinator, Nutrition and Wellness

Michigan Office of Services to the Aging

Irene Soucy, MS, RD, LDN

Nutrition Consultant

Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities

Webinar Resources

Targeting and Prioritizing Webinar Presentation

Targeting and Prioritizing Survey Question and Answer Summary