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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Thursday, October 16, 2003
||Contact: AoA Press Office
National Hispanic Leadership Roundtable - Remarks by
the Assistant Secretary for Aging
- I have always valued my Hispanic American heritage – taking
the best from the American and Hispanic cultures. Like so many
of you, when I retain and cherish my heritage, I am honoring
my parents and grandparents who have sacrificed so much to
bring me to this country and help me be who I am today.
- Thank You
- Steve Lineberry and White House staff for hosting the
- Dr. McClellan for partnering with us. Looking forward to
a productive working relationship.
- Alliance for Hispanic Health. Feliz Cumpleanos!
- Special Thanks -- Dr. Jane Delgado for giving us this opportunity.
- I want to recognize the great value she places on the quality
of health care and the integrity of service delivery.
- Most importantly, recognize her efforts to ensure that
communities are represented at the national table.
- Today’s events are evidence of that.
- As the President has said, “the government’s
role is to stimulate the larger environment to pursue an improved
society.” Under the combined leadership of the President
and Secretary Thompson, we at the Federal level are laying
the groundwork to support our families as the baby boomers
- We all have a challenge in front of us to make that happen,
and I welcome your participation.
- Here is a snapshot of our older Americans.
- About 1 in 8 Americans is over the age of 65.
- By 2030, 1 in 5 Americans will be over the age of 65.
- Our older Hispanic population is growing.
- In 2002, Hispanic persons made up 5.5% of the older
population (2 million).
- By 2050, Hispanic person will account for 16% of the
population (13 million).
- In 2002, 72% of Hispanic Americans aged 60 and over resided
in four states:
- California (27%)
- Texas (20%)
- Florida (16%) and
- New York (9%).
- The Hispanic elderly population is at high risk for chronic
diseases such as:
- heart disease
- HIV infection
- cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)
- influenza, and
- Many of these conditions are preventable. For example,
we know that immunizations effectively prevent influenza,
in 2003, 31.8 percent of Hispanic seniors did not receive
a flu shot. We need to work on these issues.
- If we look at health insurance, compared to other groups,
Hispanics were more likely to have Medicare only or Medicare
and Medicaid combined as their health care coverage, with a
high proportion choosing managed care.
HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE
- The aging of the baby boom generation will transform every
aspect of our society.
- ALL of our major social, economic and political institutions
will have to respond to this demographic imperative – including
our health and long-term care delivery system.
- Currently, 71% of all public funding for long-term care is
spent on institutional care, while most people prefer to remain
- According to a study released by HHS and the Department of
Labor, approximately 1.9 million direct care workers provided
care to 15 million Americans in long-term care settings in
[Direct Care Worker = Nurses, nurse aides, home care workers].
- By 2010, direct care worker jobs will grow by roughly 45%.
The paraprofessionals will account for 8 percent of that increase.
- Ensuring an adequate supply of trained direct care workers
is a high priority as we prepare for the aging of the baby
- Alan Greenspan has noted that as the nation ages in the future,
rising pressures on retirement incomes and a growing scarcity
of experienced labor could induce greater numbers of older
Americans to remain in the workforce.
AOA AND WHAT WE DO
- AoA administers OAA programs and serves as the Federal advocate
for older Americans and their caregivers.
- Although AoA is part of a Federal, state and local partnership,
our true strength lies in the community.
- 56 State Units on Aging
- 655 Area Agencies on Aging
- 244 Tribal and Native organizations representing 300 American
Indian and Alaska Native Tribal organizations
- 29,000 local service providers.
- My vision for the future is a nation of healthy and caring
communities in which older Americans have:
- Opportunities to live active, healthy and meaningful lives.
- We have just invested $6 million in a public/private
partnership to increase access for older people to evidence-based
models that reduce the risk of disease, injury, and disability.
- A significant portion of that investment is in Hispanic
- In addition, we have invested roughly $4 million to focus
on eliminating health disparities among minority elderly
- Close to $1 million of that amount is for Hispanics.
- Easy access to a full range of high quality health, social
and environmental supports by promoting a better balance between
institutional care and community-based alternatives.
- This year alone, AoA and CMS have jointly funded $10
million in Aging and Disability Resource Centers to help
individuals and their families make the choices that work
best for them through a one-stop shop for long-term care
- These efforts support Real Choice Systems Change Grants
and Money Follows the Person Initiatives.
- Support for family caregivers through the NFCSP, which served
over 3.8 million caregivers.
- ++ 22.4 million households are serving in family caregiver
roles. If we were to pay for the care they provide, it
would cost $257 billion per year. That is more than the
amount spent on formal home care ($32 billion) and nursing
home care ($92 billion) combined.
OUR AGREEMENT WITH FDA
Today we are pleased to sign an agreement with FDA.
- We are very pleased to extend this partnership to the Alliance
for Hispanic Health to strengthen outreach to Hispanic and
- Through this collaboration, we are going to maximize the
effectiveness of the health care messages and community interventions.
- In his recent remarks to the 44th Directing Council of PAHO,
the Secretary said, “We are all citizens of this hemisphere.
We have the same ethic of compassion, the same sense of service,
and the same call to action.”
- These new and bold steps that we are taking at HHS and across
the government respond directly to the challenges of our time
and the growing responsibilities of our nation and our families.
- What binds these fundamental elements together is the desire
to improve the lives of the American people while strengthening
and supporting families.
Photos from the Roundtable meeting
Josefina Carbonell and Dr. McClellan in the Indian Treaty Room,
White House with members of the National Alliance for Hispanic
Dr. Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., Commissioner of the Food and
Drug Administration and Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary
for Aging signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the
Administration on Aging and the Food and Drug Administration
Jane Delgado, PH.D, President & CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Dr. Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging.