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Affiliates and Collaborating Organizations

Published On: Jun 07, 2012


LeadingAge affiliates with several organizations and businesses that share our values.  

Generations United

Generations United is the national membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies.

Generations United represents more than 100 national, state, and local organizations representing more than 70 million Americans. Since 1986, Generations United has served as a resource for policymakers and the public on the economic, social, and personal imperatives of intergenerational cooperation.

National Association of Health Care Assistants

LeadingAge collaborates with the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) to promote the common interest of the two organizations in advancing our respective missions. NAHCA's mission is to elevate the professional standing and performance of caregivers through recognition, advocacy, education and empowerment, while building a strong alliance with health care providers to maximize success and quality care. 

Established in 1995 and based in Joplin, Mo., NAHCA has a membership of more than 35,000 caregivers across the country. The association provides recognition for outstanding achievements, development training for caregivers, mentoring programs to reduce turnover, and advocacy for issues important to long-term care and caregivers. 

The goals of the LeadingAge-NAHCA collaboration include joint efforts to educate, support and increase the numbers of health care assistants in aging services; keep each other's members up to date on matters affecting direct care workers; encourage membership of health care assistants in NAHCA and inform our respective members of the benefits of the other organization.  

Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future

Launched in 2003, the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) has 12 sophisticated not-for-profit members who acquire, preserve and are committed to long-term, sustainable ownership and continued affordability of multifamily rental properties for low-income families, seniors, and disabled individuals.

American Institute of Architects

On Feb. 23, 1857, 13 architects met in Richard Upjohn’s office to form what would become the American Institute of Architects. The group sought to create an architecture organization that would “promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members” and “elevate the standing of the profession.”

Next Avenue

Next Avenue is passionate about delivering good, solid, trustworthy information and compelling perspectives that can transform people's lives. Next Avenue is a service of public television stations across the country.

Listening Post Project

The Johns Hopkins Listening Post Project is monitoring in a systematic and timely way what is happening to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. To do so, the project has partnered with nonprofit umbrella organizations in several major nonprofit fields and with over 1,100 nonprofit organizations across the country representing diverse fields of nonprofit action.

These organizations participate in regular surveys, or “Soundings,” through which they report on the key trends and developments currently affecting them, and express their opinions on topics of importance to the sector. 

Soundings also explore promising ways organizations are tackling these challenges. The project summarizes the resulting insights in a series of Communiqués, highlights innovative organizations as “Featured Listening Posts,” and organizes webinars designed to dig deeper into our survey findings.

National Pace Association

The National PACE Association (NPA) exists to advance the efforts of Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). PACE programs coordinate and provide all needed preventive, primary, acute and long term care services so that older individuals can continue living in the community. 


Advance CLASS

LeadingAge works with Advance CLASS to ensure our country implements a strong and vital long-term services and supports insurance program that is available to all Americans. Established in 2010, Advance CLASS is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, comprised of prominent national organizations who specialize in serving the most vulnerable in both the aging and disability communities.

Working together, LeadingAge and Advance CLASS are committed to making sure that long-term supports and services, education, and benefits are promoted to the highest extent and fully integrated into the U.S. health care system. LeadingAge's President & CEO Larry Minnix chairs the Advance CLASS board of directors.  

Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes Campaign

LeadingAge is one of the founding members for the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes Campaign. Founded in 2006 as a voluntary, national effort to improve nursing home quality, the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes campaign works diligently; to achieve measurable improvements in care and quality of life for America's 1.5 million nursing home residents. 

The campaign's leaders include long-term care providers, consumer advocates, ombudsmen, nursing home staff members at all levels as well as representatives from government agencies, foundations and private organizations. 

As part of this collaboration, LeadingAge works with the Advancing Excellence Campaign to educate and support our members participating in the campaign; encourage LeadingAge member nursing homes to participate in the campaign and most important, offer resources and opportunities that promote quality people can trust. 

Center for  Excellence in Assisted Living 

The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) is a non-profit collaborative of 11 national organizations. The organizations represent a unique blend of key stakeholders in assisted living. CEAL promotes high-quality assisted living, serves as a convener to bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss and examine issues related to assisted living, helps bridge research, practice and policies that foster quality and affordability, and maintains an objective national clearinghouse of information and resources about assisted living.  

Eldercare Workforce Alliance

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance is a group of 29 national organizations, joined together to address the immediate and future workforce crisis in caring for an aging America. The Institute of Medicine, in its critical report Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, called for immediate investments in preparing our health care system to care for older Americans and their families. 

In response, the national Eldercare Workforce Alliance was formed to  propose practical solutions to strengthen our eldercare workforce and improve the quality of care.

Dr. Robyn Stone, executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research, is an active participant in EWA and contributes expertise and research data from initiatives such as Better Jobs/Better Care. 

The EWA advocated for provisions in the Affordable Care Act to address the growing need for well-educated and trained workers in the long-term services and supports field, as well as for more training and resources to be made available to family members who provide long-term services and supports on an informal, unpaid basis. 

The EWA now advocates for essential funding for these new initiatives.

Leadership Council of Aging Organizations

LeadingAge is a convener of the the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO). LCAO is a coalition of 64 national nonprofit organizations concerned with the well-being of America's older population and committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena.  

LCAO offers voice for seniors and their families in the ongoing national debate on aging policy. LeadingAge was the 2011-2012 chair of LCAO. 

The primary goal of LeadingAge and LCAO's collaboration is to advance policies that benefit older adults and those who care from them. The groups come together to educate policy makers on issues affecting older adults, initiate joint advocacy strategies and provide shared leadership and vision as America meets the challenges and opportunities presented by its aging society.   

Long-Term Quality Alliance 

As a member of the Long-term Quality Alliance (LTQA), LeadingAge works with LTQA to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of care and the quality of life of people receiving long-term services and supports by fostering person- and family-centered quality measurement and advancing innovative best practices.   

The Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services 

The Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services (CLAS) has a 26 year tradition of offering high quality education to aging services professionals. Originally created by LeadingAge, this program is currently owned and operated by the University of North Texas (UNT). 

CLAS serves a vital role in the field by providing a forum where quality education for administration and leadership is delivered by seasoned professionals. It also serves as a framework for continued growth and development and fosters a network for individuals to connect with their peers. 

The Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) National Certification Program is the foundation of the professional activities offered by CLAS.

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