On Wednesday, September 18th, over 200 health-related professional and clinicians assembled on the University of Louisville campus for the second annual CONVERGE Louisville aging and innovation conference.  Throughout the full day event, attendees listened, learned and engaged in discussions with 25 presenters over 10 sessions about innovative solutions to the social and clinical determinants of health impacting seniors.

The day featured presentations that delved into discussions on creating healthy ecosystems for seniors, newly emerging age tech, leveraging data and technology to create disruption, the use of technology in treating depression, combining community and arts to enhance the lives of seniors, utilizing tele-health to reach and extend care to rural areas, implementing cloud based services to senior communities and utilizing a platform to combine healthcare, education and community services to improve the lives of seniors.


CONVERGE Louisville is an annual conference and part of Health Enterprises Network’s Aging & Innovation theme initiative. CONVERGE Louisville spotlights Louisville as the nation’s epicenter for aging innovation by convening the top health care leaders, industry thought leaders, and innovators of all backgrounds, for dynamic discussions in the heart of where innovation and aging converge. With over $80 billion in revenue, Louisville’s health care sector has the nation’s largest concentration of aging care headquarters and companies.  This unique strength in the industry makes CONVERGE Louisville the perfect driver for the progressive collaborations that are needed to shape the future of aging care.  With the over-65 population expected to triple by 2030, it’s imperative that Louisville leads the way in creating the innovative solutions required to meet this challenge.

Conference Agenda Available Here!


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William Fleming, PharmD, Segment President, Healthcare Services, Clinical and Pharmacy Solutions, Humana Inc.

Topic: When Healthcare and Lifestyle Converge: Creating a Health Ecosystem for Seniors
The US spends more than any other country on providing medical services, but access to care is just one small part of what makes us healthy. In this session, we’ll take a deeper look into how investment lifestyle needs can lower costs and improve outcomes of healthcare, including in populations with chronic conditions.
Topic: Orchestrating the Value Exchange in Age Tech

AARP is one of the most impactful non-profits in the world, with almost 38 million members and a mission of empowering everyone in society to choose how they live as they age. But did you know that it was founded by a disruptive innovation idea over 60 years ago? AARP has continued to invest heavily in innovation over the years, and today disruptive innovation has a home in AARP Innovation Labs where one of its areas of focus is orchestrating the value exchange in age tech. Come learn more about the AARP innovation journey and its unique approach to value creation in today’s world of age tech.

Nigel Smith, Director Hatchery Ventures, AARP Innovation Labs

Deborah Jordan, Senior Design Thinker, AARP Enterprise Innovation

Tracy Eells, PhD, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Louisville

Topic: A Computer-Assisted Psychotherapy for Depression: Can Technology Enhance Treatment Delivery?
The future is here when it comes to technology-enhanced treatments for common psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety.  This presentation will illustrate these treatments; review relevant research; discuss advantages, disadvantages and challenges these treatments present; and conclude with a consideration of future directions.

Topic: Wendy’s Neverland: The Integration of Arts and Aging for Community Building
What if programming in nursing homes was so interesting that families and neighborhoods wanted to come and participate alongside Elders? What if it was so out of the ordinary that it sparked interest all over the community? Join Angie McAllister, from Signature HealthCARE to learn how implementing TimeSlip’s Creativity Community of Care approach sparked site specific performances by Elders, Staff, Volunteers and Artists in three Kentucky nursing homes in 2019.

Angie McAllister, Director of Quality of Life and Culture Change, Signature HealthCARE

Topic: Voices of Innovation: Leveraging Data and Technology to Create Positive Disruption
Big data, digital health, and technology platforms hold great promise to help address common problems in our healthcare system.  Billions continue to pour into these spaces, yet many innovators continue to fall short. This session will profile three dynamic leaders in healthcare and explore how each has leveraged data to drive innovation and meaningful disruption.

Sean O’Leary, Co-founder & CEO, EdjAnalytics

Grace Simrall, Chief of Civic Innovation, Louisville Metro Government

Todd Smith, CEO, myFamilyChannel

Moderated by Brian Holzer MD, President, Kindred Innovations, CEO, Lacuna Health

Topic: Digital Transformation: The Internet of Things in Healthcare
Technology is increasingly becoming a part of our everyday lives. Witness how Maple Knoll Communities, a non-profit continuing care retirement community, leveraged IoT and cloud automation to help keep residents in their communities feeling safe, stimulated and healthy.

Austin Gresham, Senior Consultant, IT Transformation, RoundTower

Andy Craig, VP of Technical Operations, Maple Knoll Communities

Topic: Connecting the Dots: Addressing the Social Determinants of Optimal Aging and Disrupting Disparities to Democratize Optimal Aging, AARP Panel
This AARP panel will communicate the proof points, integrated approaches and explore answers to improving the social determinants of aging and disrupting disparities in aging.  At the end of the Session, HEN, AARP and other organizations agree to chart a path towards integrating efforts to disrupt disparities in aging and address social determinants of optimal aging.

Ron Bridges, Kentucky State Director

Paula Cunningham, Michigan State Director

Beth Finkel, New York State Director

Topic: Failure to Flourish
Innovative care models that align community stakeholders and clinical care providers for urban communities, and implements telehealth, connecting physicians with rural providers and patients to improve access to care and quality of life for older populations.

Anna Faul, PhD, Executive Director and Professor, University of Louisville Trager Institute

Joseph G. D’Ambrosio, PhD, JD, LMFT, CSW, Assistant Professor and Director of Health Innovation and Sustainability,
University of Louisville Trager Institute

Topic: Solving Challenges & Scaling Solutions
Hear thought leaders from the recently announced merger of the Innovator’s Alliance (www.innovators-alliance.com) and Louisville’s own Thrive Center (www.thrivecenterky.org) discuss solving challenges and scaling solutions as they share their perspectives, lessons learned, and insights around innovation. The panelists will discuss their collaborative efforts aimed at identifying and validating scalable products, service models and technologies focused on the Longevity Economy.

Mary Haynes, CEO, Nazareth Homes & Co-Chair of Thrive Alliance Board  

Adrian Judy, Sr. VP of IT Services and CIO, Masonic Homes Kentucky

Sheri Rose, CEO & Executive Director, Thrive Center Inc.

Moderated by John Reinhart, CNAonline.com & Co-Founder Thrive/Innovators Alliance

Topic: United Community
The United Community platform launched in Louisville, Kentucky in April 2019 as the first collaborative effort between healthcare, education, social service, and government organizations intentionally seeking to address social determinants of health. Using this system, individuals, families and those working to support them can gain access quickly to services that can help them be successful in meeting their desired outcomes. While many originally envisioned this system as a platform for just our under-resourced, and underserved communities, initial data confirms that United Community is a system for all — with many referrals for services targeted at addressing the health and economic effects of the Silver Tsunami – respite care for aging parents, referrals for assisted living and other housing needs, as well as food, social and financial supports. In this session we’ll discuss how to launch an electronic network to connect caregivers and the seniors they serve to wrap around services quickly and efficiently as well as what the future of the United Community effort may look like across the region.

Scott Bowers, CEO Passport Health Plan

Barbara Gordon, KIPDA 

Stacey Sivak, Chief Revenue Officer, Unite Us

Moderated by Theresa Reno-Weber, President & CEO, Metro United Way