Marisa Scala-Foley joins n4a as
Director of Aging and Disability Business Institute

For Immediate Release
June 20, 2018
Contact: Joellen Leavelle, jleavelle@n4a.org and (202) 872-0888

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is delighted to announce that Marisa Scala-Foley has joined n4a as the Director of its Aging and Disability Business Institute. Marisa brings a lifelong commitment to ensuring that older adults can live well with dignity and independence at home and in the community. Marisa comes to n4a from the U.S. Administration for Community Living where she served as director of the Office of Integrated Care Innovations in the Center for Integrated Programs. There, Marisa was responsible for managing the agency’s efforts to build the capacity of state and community-based organizations (CBOs) to promote the integration of health care and social services to drive better health, better care and lower costs for older adults and people with disabilities.
 
“Marisa is a national leader in the development of business acumen for aging and disability organizations. Her experience in and commitment to enhancing the capacity of Area Agencies on Aging and other community-based organizations to partner with health care to provide quality care and social supports to older adults and people with disabilities will be a tremendous asset not only to the Business Institute, but to n4a as well,” said n4a CEO Sandy Markwood. “We’re thrilled to have her join the team.”
 
The Aging and Disability Business Institute is led by n4a in partnership with the most experienced and respected organizations in the Aging and Disability Networks and with funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, The SCAN Foundation, the Gary and Mary West Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation and the Buck Family Fund of the Marin Community Foundation. The mission of the Aging and Disability Business Institute is to build and strengthen partnerships between aging and disability CBOs and the health care system so older adults and people with disabilities will have access to services and supports they need to live independently. With the growing realization of the value of the social determinants of health (SDOH) to creating better health outcomes, the role of aging and disability CBOs that provide SDOH supports is gaining in both realization of value and engagement by health care entities. 
 
Marisa has spent her entire career in the field of aging on issues related to health care and long-term services and supports. She holds a Masters in Gerontological Studies from Miami University (Ohio) and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Gerontology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.  Prior to her position at the U.S. Administration for Community Living, she held positions at the National Council on Aging and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (now LeadingAge).
 
To learn more about the Aging and Disability Business Institute visit www.agingandisabilitybusinessinstitute.org.  
 
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