ARCHIVED: Health Advocacy Program Brings Counseling to Community Seniors

A go-to place for the growing needs of seniors for information and help related to health care is being established through collaboration between Sarah Lawrence College’s , the Westchester Library System, the County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services, the Medicare Rights Center and the Yonkers Public Library. The partnership will make it possible for older adults and their families to access reliable health care information, including on-line information, receive one-on-one counseling, address health care and insurance questions and learn to act as their own health advocates.

On Thursday, November 8, the first Health Advocacy Resource Center will open in Westchester County at the Yonkers Public Library, Grinton I. Will branch, with funds from the County Department of Senior Programs and Services, volunteers from the Medicare Rights Center, coordination provided by Sarah Lawrence Health Advocacy student, Marleise Brosnan and advocacy expertise provided by Health Advocacy faculty.  A second site is slated to open in Shrub Oak.

On hand at the Yonkers opening will be County Executive Andy Spano, Mae Carpenter, Commissioner of the County Department of Senior Programs and Services, Siobhan Reardon, Director of the Westchester Library System, Robert Hayes, President of the Medicare Rights Center, Steve Force, Director of the Yonkers Public Library, and Susan Guma, Dean of Graduate Studies at Sarah Lawrence.

“Sarah Lawrence views this partnership as an important way to reach the community, offering expertise from our Health Advocacy master’s program, combined with the rich resources of the Westchester Library System, and the Medicare Rights Center. It is a valuable model that we believe can be developed in other communities through similar partnerships,” said Susan Guma, Dean of Graduate Studies at Sarah Lawrence.