June 2, 2017

NPA partners with NCB and National Alliance for Hispanic Health during Older Americans Month

WASHINGTON, DC – The National PACE Association (NPA), National Cooperative Bank (NCB), and National Alliance for Hispanic Health have formed a partnership to increase the quality of health care for older Hispanic adults. The joint effort revolves around the capital commitment made by NCB to health care organizations interested in developing Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) to serve Hispanic communities.

PACE is an innovative model of care that is based on the belief that it is better for the well-being of people age 55 and over with chronic care needs to live and be served in their community whenever possible. Often bringing together Medicare and Medicaid funding, PACE programs deliver all needed medical and supportive services in the entire continuum of care.

“We are witnessing a Hispanic aging boom,” said Jane L. Delgado, PhD, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group. “Hispanics are one of the fastest growing segments of older adults. However, community resources are not meeting the needs of our population. The partnership announced today seeks to change that by supporting new PACE programs in Hispanic communities so that all have access to quality care.”

“PACE is a model of care that has always faced hurdles in accessing sufficient and affordable financing,” said Robert J. Montanari, senior vice president of National Cooperative Bank. “We are delighted to be working with the Alliance and NPA, and we expect our commitment will provide new opportunities for PACE development and expansion in Hispanic communities.”

“We all want the best care for our aging loved ones, but getting that care can be frustrating,” said Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of the National PACE Association. “Families who are part of PACE experience a caring environment in which their loved ones receive quality care and continue to live in the community. Coordination and support are provided so family members have a respite from caregiver duties, allowing them to work and support their family’s economic well-being.”

The new partnership kicked off with a webinar on May 24 that profiled successful PACE programs in California and Texas. The webinar, Funding for Success, highlighted the capital commitment by NCB to PACE program start-ups. The webinar featured Bloom and Montanari, along with Adolph P. Falcón, MPP, executive vice president of the Alliance; Rosemary Castillo, president and CEO of Bienvivir Senior Health Services; and Rosana Scolari, vice president of Senior Health Services at the San Ysidro Health Center.

“If you need information on PACE in your community or other services for yourself or someone you know, we are here to help,” said Dr. Delgado. The toll-free bilingual helpline (Su Familia) of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health is 866-783-2645.

The National PACE Association (NPA) works 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 older individuals can continue living in the community. The PACE Model of Care is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible. For more information, contact Robert Greenwood, senior vice president of Public Affairs, or visit the NPA website.

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