About the ABA
With its partners, the U.S. Administration on Aging and Scripps Gerontology Center, n4a provides peer-led, consultant-supported training for local Aging Network leaders. The n4a Aging Business Academy (ABA) consists of an engaging two-day workshop on building skills and knowledge across aging services and business disciplines, and continued technical assistance and support.
The n4a Aging Business Academy succeeds the Business Institute conducted in previous years, and is intended to take participants to the “next level” of development in a number of core competencies. The new design is based on a participant team model, and adds pre-workshop exercises and six months of training and technical assistance following the workshop. n4a will build upon the success of this approach to enhancing the capacity of the Aging Network to anticipate and respond to community needs.
2011 ABA Highlights
Ten teams of motivated AAA leaders and their partners, representing every region of the country, participated in the n4a Aging Business Academy October 16-18, 2011, at an intensive two-day workshop at Miami University in Oxford, OH. With the goal to support growth in the Aging Network’s capacity to address emerging needs and opportunities, the 2011 workshop focused on Community-Based Care Transitions.
Thirty participants worked closely with 15 faculty members in presentations, breakout sessions and networking events regarding their projects. Participants completed pre-workshop exercises to maximize their learning experience. A scholarship to each participant covered all on-site expenses of the workshop.
Every team was unique, but many expressed that the team approach enabled them to both enhance their project plan and strengthen their bonds for collaboration and implementation when they returned home.
The tools and exercises used to guide participants, as well as outcomes, and best practices will be available on n4a’s new online learning network for professionals in aging and community living – AGEcomm. Stay tuned!
Over 180 National Aging Network professionals from across the country have graduated from the training program.
- Mary Kaschak, Program Manager