Bridging, and
Eliminating Social Isolation

Community Cafecito

Disrupting, Bridging,and Eliminating Social Isolation Cafecito
December 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT

This digital conversation with the Juanita C. Grant Foundation will highlight the negative impact of social isolation on communities of color and marginalized communities. This social determinant of health has been exacerbated by COVID-19, especially for older adults. This event will present best practices to engage older adults to disrupt social isolation and bridge gaps in socialization. 


This partnership coalesced by NCOA and Latinos for a Secure Retirement to bring resources to help families apply for money-saving benefits through the NCOA BenefitsCheckupTool© to live with dignity, purpose and security.  


This effort was supported in part by grant 90MINC0001-01-00 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services. Points of view or opinions do not necessarily represent official ACL policy.




  • Welcome Remarks | Juanita C. Grant Foundation
  • Benefits Experts Panel
  • Resources/ Juanita C. Grant Foundation Resources
  • Benefits Check-Up Tool Training & Q&A
  • NCOA Closing Remarks



  • Dr. Imani Woody, Mary’s House for Older Adults
  • Sindy Benavides, CEO, League of United Latin American Citizens
  • S. Orlene Grant, President and CEO, Juanita C. Grant Foundation 



  • Vivian Nava-Schellinger, Director, Community Partnerships & Network Activation, NCOA

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Meet The Speakers

S. Orlene Grant, President and CEO, Juanita C. Grant Foundation

S. Orlene Grant, RN, BSN, MSN, is the President, Founder and CEO of the Juanita C. Grant Foundation (JCGF). Ms. Grant is a dynamic leader in the aging field engaging with the community to convert ideas into community-based solutions. Ms. Grant received her Nursing undergraduate degree and Master’s in Community Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Previous career paths include practicing as a Psychotherapist specializing family therapy, Mental Health Consultant for The Joint Commission, Executive Director of the District of Columbia Delmarva Foundation, Mayoral Appointee to the Washington DC Commission on Mental Health and Director of Medical Homes for District of Columbia Primary Care Association. Ms. Grant presents at professional organizations and provides education and training to community groups. She is a frequent guest on WHUR shows the Daily Drum and Taking It To the Street as well as WUSA9 Morning Show. Ms. Grant serves on local boards and participates in civic activities

Yvette is also a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Texas.

Sindy Benavides, CEO, League of United Latin American Citizens

Sindy Marisol Benavides is a Honduran-American immigrant who has experienced the American dream, and now devotes her career to public service, ensuring that countless young people, women, and immigrants have the same opportunity. She is currently Chief Executive Officer for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country. She previously served as the Chief Operating Officer and National Director for Civic Engagement and Community Mobilization for LULAC, Vice President of Field & Political Operations for Voto Latino and as Northern Virginia Political Director for the 2012 Kaine for Virginia senatorial campaign. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, where she graduated Valedictorian of her class and studied Political Science with a minor in Spanish. She has also attended American University for her Master’s degree in International Affairs.

Vivian Nava Schellinger, Director, Strategic Partnerships & External Affairs, National Council on Aging

Vivian leads the National Council on Aging’s ecosystem of national and community partnerships, external engagement of NCOA’s policy priorities, and programs focused on vulnerable populations of older adults. For over a decade, Nava-Schellinger has used equity as a baseline principle of her work - whether working on large scale reimbursement programs in the private sector, securing funding for health literacy programs and driving Affordable Care Act (ACA) outreach in vulnerable communities, or advocating for greater health and economic security across the lifespan for underrepresented populations.

Vivian resides in Washington, DC, with her husband Jake, and their two rescue dogs (Fernando and Phil-Chepito).

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Dr. Imani Woody, Mary’s House for Older Adults

Dr. Imani Woody has been an advocate of women, people of color and LGBTQ people for more than 25 years. She has served on the board of directors of the Mautner Project for Lesbians, Women in the Life Association, Whitman Walker Lesbian Services and is the former Chair of SAGE Metro DC. Dr. Woody was appointed Commissioner by former DC Mayor Vincent Gray and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to the Office of LGBTQ Affairs. She was recently appointed Commissioner by Mayor Bowser to serve on the Global Age-Friendly Task Force.

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