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Wilson earns GSA's 2013 Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging
Date:7/31/2013

rship from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors dedicated to informing public policy and influencing community practice.

Wilson is widely recognized for being the catalyst driving development and wide scale dissemination of the evidence-based Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression, Empowering Activities for Seniors) project into a national model. Healthy IDEAS improves outcomes of mental health conditions including a reduction in depression severity and pain in diverse populations of older adults. Wilson's efforts have influenced policy at the federal level, gaining the attention and funding from the U.S. Administration on Aging.

She also has led efforts to prepare social workers with the essential competencies to promote older adults' well-being in community-based settings. She has been heavily involved in the Practice Change Leaders Program sponsored by the John A. Hartford Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies. Since 2007, Wilson has helped shape this program as an advisor to the developers and as a member of the National Advisory Committee. Moreover, she has worked to recruit social workers to apply and has been a mentor to several promising social workers by guiding their innovative practice change projects. Wilson is a GSA fellow, which represents the Society's highest class of membership.


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Contact: Todd Kluss
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202-587-2839
The Gerontological Society of America
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