Kate Clark, MPA, will be stepping down from her role as CNHP’s director of Strategic Initiatives for the AgeWell Collaboratory as of January 6, 2023.
Kate has been an integral part of very important first-time ever initiatives at CNHP since she started with me in 2018. For example, she helped organize and provide support to various CNHP activities including the Future of Work committee, strategic planning with Fairmount and McKinsey, the Dean’s Leadership Council, the Global Board and others.
As many of you are aware, Kate is an amazing connector and networker. During her five years here, Kate championed work globally and traveled to Chile alongside me and Dr. Jesse Ballenger (and served often as translator) to provide an incredible student ICA experience. She was my co-creator of the AgeWell Collaboratory, a center without walls bringing together researchers, community-based organizations and educators to disrupt the traditional healthcare system’s approach towards caring for older adults and to pave the way for new, proven strategies that improve health aging over the lifespan. Currently, the Collaboratory has over 80 community partners. As part of AgeWell, she has helped to organize a student group and engage many of our students in AgeWell Collaboratory’s partnership meetings and coffee hours. She also helped to coordinate international forums on disrupting health care.
Importantly, Kate has helped to secure significant funding to support various initiatives such as the Good Life Model (telesupport for family caregivers referred to us from a neurology practice) and development of the Get Safe at Home app (home environmental assessment for older adults/providers using a mobile application).
She also created important relationships internally throughout the Drexel community, served on several boards in the college and co-taught two courses.
Kate also was key in helping to obtain Age-Friendly University designation, the first in Philadelphia and one of only two in Pennsylvania. This important designation promotes the participation, inclusion, education and wellness of older adults in higher education, based on 10 guiding principles. She coordinates the Age-Friendly Steering Committee composed of key administrative leaders at the University and the Age-Friendly pilot initiative which has funded seven exciting and highly innovative projects being led by various academic and administrative units throughout the University.
We wish Kate all the best in her new exciting role at the Kennedy Forum as the senior director of Strategic Alliances.