Toolkit: Power of Partnerships Summer 2020 Virtual Learning Webinar Series

Senior nutrition program providers have admirably risen to meet the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Critical to these efforts has been the ability to leverage existing relationships with key stakeholders (i.e., restaurants, food system partners, technology providers). New and/or non-traditional partnerships (i.e., emergency service providers and the airline industry) have been established as well to ensure that the older adults they serve are able to access needed food, nutrition, socialization and wellness programming.

The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA) hosted an in-depth interactive Virtual Training Series to celebrate successes in light of the pandemic and expand your ability to build capacity, maintain resiliency and drive innovative partnerships into the future as the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts continue. Through this multi-part, virtual peer learning, networking, and workshop series, attendees had the opportunity to learn from thought-leaders and peer program leaders about inventive partnerships, challenges overcome and vital lessons learned – applicable in the age of COVID-19.

Part 1 – Potent Partnerships in the Age of COVID-19

  • Speakers: Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, Commissioner, NYC Department of the Aging and David Curtin, Founder & CEO, Food Forest

Part 2 – Mapping Your Partnership Assets

  • Mapping Your Partnership Assets – Meals of Love Restaurant Partnership
    • Speaker: Karla Radka, President and CEO, Senior Resource Alliance, Area Agency of Aging of Central Florida Inc.
    • Description: Many senior nutrition program providers have a long history of partnership with the restaurant industry, while for some such partnerships are new. During the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants have proven to be a strong partner in ensuring seniors receive nourishing meals. During this webinar, attendees will learn about a partnership with Senior Resource Alliance, nine non-profit Central Florida partner agencies, local restaurants and the hospitality industry called Meals of Love. Attendees will gain insight into how the partnership got started, lessons learned and strategies you can use to replicate this partnership in your local area. As part of this webinar, attendees will also have the opportunity to create local asset maps to guide future partnership activity.
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  • Mapping Your Partnership Assets – Food Forest Mobile App Partnership
    • Speaker: Jennifer Steele, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky
    • Description: Ensuring efficient access to nourishing meals has been an important activity during the COVID-19 pandemic for both traditionally homebound older seniors, and those who are responsive to local stay-at-home orders. During this webinar, attendees will learn more about how a Meals on Wheels program partnered with food retailers, funders, Area Agencies on Aging, and a technology company, to establish weekly deliveries of nourishing meals for seniors. As part of this webinar, attendees will also have the opportunity to create local asset maps to guide future partnership activity.
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  • Mapping Your Partnership Assets – Quarantine Box Food System Partnership
    • Speaker: Gilbert Lopez, Nutrition Programs Coordinator, Detroit Area Agency on Aging and Sherri King, Coordinator, Nutrition and Wellness Programs
      MDHHS Aging and Adult Services
    • Description: Providing seniors access to healthy meals has been a critical component of addressing challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join this upcoming webinar to learn key insights on how the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, partnered with the Food Bank Council of Michigan, statewide Area Agencies on Aging and other partners, to source and distribute well-balanced, high protein foods to seniors in need. As part of this webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to create local asset maps to guide future partnership activity.
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