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|Donna Corrado, PhD|
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed NYAM Fellow Donna M. Corrado, PhD as Commissioner of the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) on February 18, 2014. Previously, Dr. Corrado was the Executive Director at Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services Inc. (CCNS), an affiliate of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.
The Department for the Aging is a partner of NYAM’s Age-friendly NYC partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council.
“Baby boomers are one of the city’s fastest growing and ever-evolving populations. As a result, we must maintain, expand, and build upon the good work of the existing 50+ different city-wide Age-friendly initiatives that are valuable resources for older New Yorkers,” said Dr. Corrado. “We support the work of NYAM and look forward to our continued partnership with the Age-friendly NYC initiative.”
As Commissioner, Dr. Corrado also aims to strengthen the DFTA service network for low-income seniors; educate, inform, and familiarize all New York City seniors around the changes in the health care system; develop additional programming for older New Yorkers; and provide support for caregivers.
She is also passionate about the need for social workers to be actively included in the current health care reform discussions that are changing the face of health care throughout the country.
“I think the voice of social workers in the medical establishment as a whole has been subdued,” she said. “The fact that NYAM makes a concerted effort to bring social workers to the table and have an actual committee of social work fellows is to their credit.”
Dr. Corrado became a NYAM Fellow in 2005 and has been active in the Section on Social Work. The section hosts several events each year including Film Night, Student Night, lectures, and panel discussions that address a variety of issues related to the social work profession and health care.
Posted on March 21, 2014
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