Aging in Appalachia: A Summit for Southeast Ohio

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Our very first Aging Summit was held on Tuesday, July 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Buckeye Hills Regional Council in Marietta, OH. It brought together community leaders, elected officials, practitioners and more to explore the topic of aging in Appalachia.

See below for speaker presentations and highlights from the summit.


  • State of Aging in Appalachia | Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gail Rymer

  • Access to Food & Nutrition for Seniors in Appalachia | Ashley S Davis, MA, RDN, LD, Chief, Elder Connections Division, Ohio Department of Aging

    Presentation.pdf (2,183 KB)

  • Addressing the Transportation Problem | Jacqi Bradley, CEO of AAA3

    Presentation.pdf (325 KB)

  • Dental Care & Access for Seniors in Appalachia | Sherry Shamblin, Chief Strategy Officer of Hopewell Health Centers

    Presentation.pdf (4,032 KB)

  • Mutigenerational Relationships & Community Centers | Beth Shaver, Executive Director of Meigs Council on Aging

    Presentation.pdf (2,395 KB)


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