Addressing Health Disparities to Support Aging in Place


Webinar Date



Target Audience

  • Interprofessionals


Dr. Anderson Torres, President and CEO of RAIN TOTAL CARE, Inc., hosts Dr. Tara Cortes, Executive Director of HIGN, Dr. Tina Sadarangani, Professor at NYU Rory Meyers, and Dr. Sarah Szanton, Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, to discuss how to address health disparities to support aging in place.


Presentations include:

Dr. Tara Cortes: Building Healthier Communities with Health Literacy
Dr. Tina Sandarangani: Using Advocacy to Address Food Insecurity and Social Isolation
Dr. Sarah Szanton: Addressing Health Disparities by Focusing on Function


Tara Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN: Dr. Tara Cortes is the Executive Director for the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and a professor of Geriatric Nursing at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Dr. Cortes’ distinguished career spans executive leadership, nursing education, research and practice. She has provided significant contributions to advancing health care, particularly for those people with limited access to the health care system. Significantly, she has developed collaborative models with advanced practice nurses and physicians in traditional as well as non-traditional settings to enhance the care of the American older adult population.

Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN, ANP: Dr. Sarah L. Szanton has developed a program of research at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing on the role of the environment and stressors in health disparities in older adults, particularly those trying to “age in place” or stay out of a nursing home. The result is a program called CAPABLE, which combines handyman services with nursing and occupational therapy to improve mobility, reduce disability, and decrease healthcare costs. She has tested the program's effectiveness through grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Innovations Office at the Center on Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Tina Sadarangani, ANP-C, GNP-BC, PhD, RN: Dr. Sadarangani is a NIH-funded Principal Investigator and board certified primary care nurse practitioner deeply committed to advancing the health of vulnerable older adults by leveraging the strengths of community-based adult day health care centers to target health disparities. In the last three years, she has expanded her program of research to focus, specifically, on identifying and addressing the healthcare needs of cognitively impaired older immigrants, by using the adult day health center as a platform for the delivery of culturally and linguistically congruent care.