American Society on Aging Names 2014 Award Winners for Excellence in Aging

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American Society on Aging

American Society on Aging

The American Society on Aging (ASA) is pleased to announce the seven 2014 ASA Leadership Award winners. The ASA Awards program recognizes the contributions of individuals and organizations to the field of aging and to the ASA. The award winners will be honored on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, during the  2014 Aging in America Conference, held March 11-15 in San Diego, California.

The 2014 leadership awards are the ASA Hall of Fame Award, the ASA Award, the Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education, and the Graduate Student Research Award. The 2014 constituent group awards are the Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging, the Mental Health and Aging Award, and the Religion, Spirituality, and Aging Award. The constituent group awards are featured in the AgeBlog.

The ASA Hall of Fame Award is presented to an individual age 65 or older who has, through a lifetime of advocacy and leadership, enhanced the lives of elders through demonstrated leadership at the national level. The 2014 winner of the ASA Hall of Fame Award is Fernando Torres-Gil, professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging. A passionate, committed advocate for people with disabilities, he brings his experience and knowledge around disability and aging policy and advocacy to the ASA community and beyond. Torres-Gil long has been an influential leader at the national level, earning his first presidential appointment in 1978 when President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the Federal Council on Aging; he later was selected as a White House Fellow to serve under United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph Califano. In 1993, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Assistant Secretary for Aging at the Administration on Aging within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a position he held until 1997.

Serving ASA in his second term as the chair of the Editorial Advisory Committee of ASA’s bimonthly newspaper, Aging Today, Torres-Gil is a galvanizing force on the committee, and a frequent contributor to ASA’s annual conferences and other events. He has also consistently and generously provided his support, teaching, mentorship, and inspiration to leaders of color in aging in a variety of ASA’s multicultural programs. As in years past, Torres-Gil continues to lead in this area, most recently with keynoting at ASA’s annual Diversity Summit at the Aging in America Conference.

The ASA Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding and ongoing national contributions to aging-related service, research, administration, or advocacy. The 2014 winner of the ASA Award is Letia A. Boseman. A Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, Boseman also serves as a senior public health analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, where she leads and coordinates projects related to policy and program information, aging, women’s health, and vision health. Boseman has more than 20 years of experience working at state, regional, federal, international, health/managed care, and nonprofit agencies.

Boseman is a past Chair of ASA’s Healthcare and Aging Network (HAN) constituent group and the CDC Aging and Health Work Group. A legacy advisor to the ASA board, she has been an ASA member for more than a decade, also serving on the HAN Council, the HAN Awards Committee, and the ASA Leadership Coordinating Council.

The  Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to training and education in the field of 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

The Graduate Student Research Award recognizes a graduate student for research relevant to aging and applicable to practice. The 2014 winner is Hayley Gleason for her research on “The Caregiving Relationship: Does the Type of Caregiver Affect the Mental Health of the Care Recipient?” Gleason holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Elon University, a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. in Gerontology from University of Massachusetts Boston. She previously served as director of the Memory Care Community and as associate executive director for the Palisades at Broadmoor Park, a long-term-care community in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gleason currently is a McCormack Scholar in the Doctoral Program in Gerontology at University of Massachusetts Boston , and also serves as a curriculum development consultant for the Massachusetts Home Care Aide Council. Her research interest is the recruitment, training, and retention of community-based direct care workers.


Founded in 1954 as the Western Gerontological Society, the American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families. The ASA membership is multidisciplinary and inclusive of professionals who are concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic, and spiritual aspects of aging.



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