Eight individuals and organizations from across Minnesota were recognized for their work in improving and enriching the lives of seniors and people with disabilities at the 2013 Age and Disabilities Odyssey Conference held June 17-18 in Duluth.
Among the eight winners was Katy Boone, a planning and promotion supervisor at Carver County Public Health Department. she was recognized for her work to improve services for baby boomers.
Through her work with city officials and interviews with Carver County baby boomers, Boone identified intersections between baby boomers’ needs and the city’s goals to develop a comprehensive set of programs and policies focused on the baby boomer population in order to improve services. Examples include training for local officials regarding seniors’ housing-related concerns and the development of a comprehensive plan for the boomers of Carver County.
This year marks the most nominations ever received for awards in the categories of service, community, innovation and policy.
“The 2013 Odyssey award winners are excellent examples of individuals and organizations coming together to better serve aging Minnesotans, people with disabilities and their caregivers,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “It is wonderful to see the difference these people and organizations are making in their communities.”
The Odyssey Conference, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Board on Aging, focused on aging Minnesotans, people with disabilities and caregivers and services that support them.