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2020 Speakers

September 23, 2020 (via Zoom)
Robin Martin
Executive Director, Rebuilding Together. Broward County

Rebuilding Together. Broward County 

Born and raised in South Florida, Mr. Martin has a deep passion for the community and those who call South Florida home. He served in the United States Army and overseas in Operation Joint Guard, a part of NATO's Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Mr. Martin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master’s Degree in Divinity, from Trinity Western Seminary in Vancouver.  Mr. Martin has over fifteen years of experience providing services for the homeless in Broward County, including serving as a former Director of Programs for the Broward County Homeless Hotline, and as the Executive Director of HOPE South Florida.

Summary Points from Presentation:

  • Programs include repairing homes and revitalizing communities.
  • Rebuilding Together. Broward performs services with the ARDC through the Home Touch program.
  • A major focus of this organization is to ensure safety in one's home.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the numbers of volunteers and funding.
Rebuilding Together. Broward Slide Presentation



    Phone: (954) 772-9945

    August 26, 2020 (via Zoom)

    Team Building Event

    The activity involved debating 2 topics in small groups: chocolate versus vanilla ice cream, and the best way to live in retirement, at home or in an independent/assistive living facility.  The membership reconvened and discussed the choices that each team favored.  

    July 22, 2020 (via Zoom)

    Kelly Kernan

    Director of Marketing Insight, Amwell

    Telehealth During COVID-19

    Summary Points from Presentation:

    • Indications for Telehealth: On Demand (e.g. urgent care), Follow-up Care (e.g. post-discharge care), subacute care, acute care.  The latter 2 have taken off since COVID.
    • Definition of Telehealth:  the interactive electronic exchange of information for the purpose of diagnosis, intervention, or ongoing care management between a patient and/or health care providers remotely.
    • Telehealth has grown exponentially at this time, primarily to prevent exposure.  Other benefits of Telehealth include ability to triage maintain continuity of care.
    • Telehealth is not indicated just for COVID, but can be used for diagnosis of other conditions (e.g. rashes, other infections)
    • Telehealth restrictions  are now waived during this Public Health Emergency.  Examples include requiring HIPPA compliant software, geography (rural areas only), and performing only in a previously designated medial setting. This has resulted in greater access to Telehealth medical care.
    • Most insurance policies are providing reimbursement for at least short-term Telehealth.
    • Medicare Advantage plans have been more flexible than Traditional Medicare with regards to Telehealth.
    • Seniors can access Telehealth  through an app or through their provider.

    June 24, 2020 (via Zoom)
    Charlotte Mather-Taylor
    Executive Director, Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County (ADRC)

    A graduate of University of Florida, Ms. Mather-Taylor earned her BA in Political Science, an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, graduating as a 2008 National Association of Public Hospitals Fellow.  Previous work experience includes serving as CEO of the Ann Storck Center. In addition, Ms. Mather-Taylor has over 26 years serving as an experienced lobbyist, including serving as VP Government Relations, Community and Public Affairs for one of the top 5 largest public hospital systems in the nation. Her expertise lies in nonprofit, hospital, health care, crisis management, public affairs, nonprofit, lobbying and issues related to individuals with disabilities and seniors.

    Summary Points from Presentation:

    • The ADRC is a non-profit organization that assists seniors, with a number of resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • They offer several programs and provide information, including community referrals.
    • Health Food Assistance delivers food, utilizing food from local restaurants and caterers.
    • Connecting with U is a telephone reassurance service where seniors can express their feelings and concerns in the comfort of their home.
    • Shine provides counseling on Medicare and long-term care insurance. 
    • Emergency Home Energy Assistance (EHEAP) provides assistance for home-energy emergencies to qualified low income senior households. 
    • Senior centers are currently closed; a few senior day care centers are open.
    • A summary of programs are listed in the below Power Point presentation and on ADRC website.

    ADRC June2020 Powerpoint..pptx

    Helpline: (954) 745-9779


    Administrative office: (954) 745-9567

    May 27, 2020 (via Zoom)

    Campbell Eps

    Executive Director, Pacifica Forest Trace

    Summary Points from Presentation:

    • During this pandemic, operations of Assisted Living Facilities are regulated by both the state and department of health (county.)
    • Social interactions with residents, with the exception of essential services, has been restricted for the past 2 months.
    • Some resources (e.g. fresh fruit) are sometimes short in supply.
    • New residents are being accepted- they are tested prior to moving in.
    • The COVID-19 pandemic poses the question, "How will senior living communities fare in the future?"

    (954) 793-4723

    April 22, 2020 (via Zoom)

    Michael Dill

    Certified Business Coach, ActionCOACH

    (954) 596-0715

    March 25, 2020

    February 26, 2020

    Heidi F. Friedman, Esq.

    Friedman Elder Law

    Veteran's Benefits

    (954) 866-1055

    January 22, 2020

    Lisa Peters

    Director of Senior Services, Sunserve

    Lisa Peters started her career in Child Welfare. After working with children and their families for over 25 years, Lisa began her career working with the elderly. Lisa has been with SunServe as the Director of Senior Services since January of 2015. She also serves as the Director of the Noble A. McArtor Adult Day Center, the first LGBT Adult Day Care in the world. She is a certified SAGE trainer in LGBT Proficiency.

    (945) 764-5150

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