Conversaciones de Comunidad: Discussions on Aging and Food Insecurity
On May 20, 2021, the League of United Latin Citizens, via a partnership coalesced by NCOA and Latinos for a Secure Retirement, hosted a community cafecito (coffee chat). This conversation addressed the benefit options that elders and caretakers have in the food & nutrition space. It specifically talked about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and addressed food insecurity among the elderly.
The conversation included a live training on how to access 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 & Setting the Stage
– Community Conversation with Special Guest Speakers
– Benefits Check-up Tool Training
– Call to Action and NCOA Closing Remarks
For any questions please email Johana at Johana@LatinoRetirement.org
Meet The Speakers
Sandra Caraveo, National Program Manager, LULAC
Sandra Caraveo is the National Programs Manager for the LULAC Institute Inc. and works on coordinating various projects that educate and empower the community. She has used her extensive experience with mobilizing and training grassroots networks to carry out LULAC’s program implementation. Currently, she is overseeing all of LULAC’s major service initiatives in education, health, empowerment, youth leadership development, financial empowerment, employment, and technology. Her seasoned experience working with local LULAC councils and partners will be a key asset to LULAC’s Program Initiatives.
Erin Kee McGovern, Director of Programs, Center for Benefits Access, NCOA
Erin leads two established nationwide programs, NCOA’s Benefits Enrollment Centers and Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative, focused on increasing enrollment of low-income older adults and adults with disabilities into benefits programs that help them pay for prescription drugs, medical care, food, or home energy/utilities. These two programs are aimed at significantly increasing participation in Medicaid, Medicare Savings Programs (MSP), Extra Help (Part D Low Income Subsidy/LIS), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through community-based outreach and enrollment initiatives. Erin provides training to a nationwide network of social service providers on eligibility and application guidelines for these key benefits programs.
Erin also provides recommendations on proposed federal legislation and regulations, particularly on how changes will impact the most vulnerable people. Erin graduated with honors from the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, earned her Juris Doctor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, SC, and her Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT.
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 enjoys spending time with her husband and three pups Fernando, Phil-Chepito and Nacho.
Ceci Henriquez, Director of Media & Strategic Engagement
Ceci Henriquez serves as Director of Media & Strategic Engagement at Share Our Strength, the organization behind the No Kid Hungry campaign. In this role, Ceci leads integrated communications initiatives to raise awareness about childhood hunger in America and reach communities of color, which have been disproportionately impacted by hunger through culturally-relevant resources and communications strategies.
She is currently chair of the board of directors of CASA de Maryland, the largest member-based Latino and immigrant organization in the mid-Atlantic region with presence in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Ceci holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the American University in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the Executive Certificate Program in Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University and earned a post-graduate specialization in regional development from the Interdisciplinary Center of Development Studies at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.
A native of El Salvador, Ceci currently resides with her husband in Washington, DC.
Rose Saltalamacchia, Program Manager, Senior Hunger at Feeding America
Rose has been working on senior hunger programs at Feeding America since 2017. Her passion is to work towards ensuring food security for all, with special attention to our most vulnerable populations. She holds a master’s degree in gastronomy with a concentration in food policy from Boston University, and received her bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University.