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Below are a number of headlines and pieces that our Executive Director, Nicole Howell, and our organization were featured in under our pervious name Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda. These pieces demonstrate our work and impact during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our thanks to the collaborators on this blog highlighting the relationship between long-term care facilities and local health departments throughout the pandemic, lessons learned, and more. Please read and share with your followers.

Missed our Executive Director, Nicole Howell on KQED Forum? Listen now as she discusses the impacts of the last year on older adults, the state of the elder care industry, and lessons learned.

We are honored to support this innovative public-private partnership to bring COVID-19 vaccines to residents and staff to the often-overlooked “six-bed” facilities in Contra Costa County. These clinics are saving lives and bringing hope all in one shot. A special thanks to Contra Costa Health Services and Choice in Aging for their amazing work.

While they wait, the people working and living in those locations are stuck in limbo, hoping the virus doesn’t spread to them or return, said Nicole Howell, who runs a California-based non-profit that advocates for long-term care residents.” Thank you to the AP for including our Executive Director in the continuing coverage of the COVID-19 vaccination coverage. Read more of the latest news now

The pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, led by the pharmacy partnership, lags behind expectations causing worry and frustration among families and industry watchdogs. Hear more from California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform‘s Mike Dark and our Executive Director, Nicole Howell, as they talk about this issue along with facility staff and families who have been impacted thus far.

Our vulnerable #longtermcare communities, there is still confusion about implementation and some obstacles to overcome in terms of distribution and managing impacts from side effects. Thank you to The New York Times for including our executive director in this coverage. We hope you take a moment to read more about this breaking news.

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We’re happy to share some of our top videos demonstrating our leadership featuring Nicole Howell and our organization prior to the reveal of our new name and identity of Empowered Aging.

California State Assembly Subcommittee No. 6 Hearing

COVID-19 in Skilled Nursing Facilities with Testimony from Nicole Howell

2020 Women of the Year Award Ceremony – Q&A
Hear our Executive Director, Nicole Howell, ask Congressman Garamendi to address the future of trained caregivers and the needs of older adults.

2020 Women of the Year Award Ceremony – Q&A
Hear our Executive Director, Nicole Howell, ask Congressman Garamendi to address the future of trained caregivers and the needs of older adults.

Health Subcommittee Congressional Hearing
Examining the COVID-19 Nursing Home Crisis with Testimony From Nicole Howell

COVID 19 and Elder Care
What You Need to Know Featuring Nicole Howell

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