Direction Home Leadership attend National Summit on Health Care and Social Service Integration

DHAD President and CEO, Gary Cook, Ohio Department of Aging Director, Ursel McElroy, and DHAD COO, Abigail Morgan

On March 4, 2020, Direction Home Akron Canton President and CEO Gary L. Cook and Chief Operating Officer Abigail Morgan joined executives representing health plans and systems, federal and state government agencies, philanthropic organizations, and leaders from the aging and disability networks at the National Summit on Health Care and Social Service Integration hosted by the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

This event was an opportunity for health care organizations to learn about Administration for Community Living/Area Agency on Aging networks – what we do, our reach, and how the programs and services we administer support older adults and people with disabilities in the community. Attendees also heard from leaders in our networks who have been contracting with health care organizations about the partnership models they have developed, the successes of these partnerships in improving health care outcomes and reducing costs, lessons learned, and what else is needed to align better health care and ongoing community-based supports.

This summit is intended to accelerate the work described by ACL Administrator Lance Robertson and The SCAN Foundation President and CEO Bruce Chernof in Addressing Social Determinants: Scaling Up Partnerships with Community-Based Organization Networks, published on Feb. 24 on the Health Affairs Blog. The goal is to develop a shared approach for building and replicating the partnerships that effectively integrate community-based services and supports and medical care.

Additional information on Direction Home Akron Canton efforts to address social determinants can be found on our website at