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Leon and Josephine Winkelman Memorial Lecture

The Leon and Josephine Winkelman Lecture Series was established at the University of Michigan School of Social work by the Winkelman brothers - Stanley J., John, Frederick R., and Henry R. - as a memorial to their parents. 

The lecture series provides a forum for the presentation of new and emerging knowledge from the social sciences and the helping professions in the field of gerontology and for the discussion of the applications of such knowledge to the development of social policy, the organization and management of social welfare services, and the delivery of social work services.

Linking Lives to Disrupt the Cycle of Social Isolation

2022 Virtual Winkelman Lecture Part I: Tuesday, February 15, 4:30-5:30 PM

Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD, Professor, University of Washington School of Social Work

Loneliness is a serious hazard to human health, and often associated with cardiovascular disease, poor mental and physical health, and premature death. Social isolation in the U.S. has reached epidemic proportions, creating a largely invisible public health crisis with few resources. In her presentation, Professor Karen Fredriksen Goldsen will discuss the intensification of social isolation in the context of COVID-19. She will share her landmark research on aging among LGBTQ adults, who have historically experienced significant social restrictions, and discuss how these findings can provide effective interventions for anyone living in isolation.

Keynote Speaker Karen Fredriksen Goldsen

Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD, is a professor and director of the Goldsen Institute at the School of Social Work, University of Washington. She is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar addressing issues of health equity, disparities, resilience, longevity, and well-being among resilient yet underserved populations. She is the principal investigator of many landmark studies, including National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS): Aging with Pride (R01), the first federally funded longitudinal study of LGBTQ midlife and older adults; Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action (IIDEA, R01), the first randomly controlled trial (RCT) for LGBTQ+ older adults living with memory loss and their care partners; as well as other funded studies that identify factors accounting for health trajectories and longevity in underserved communities. Based on the findings of this research, she is developing and testing innovative solutions to complex social problems. Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen is author of five books and special issues and more than 100 publications in leading journals. Her research has been cited by top news sources such as the New York Times, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, CNN, NBC News, Forbes, and more than 50 international news outlets. Based on the ground-breaking nature of her work, she has received many awards, including the inaugural National Institutes of Health’s Sexual & Gender Minority Distinguished Investigator Award, PBS’s Next Avenue’s inaugural Top 50 Influencers in Aging, Gerontological Society of America’s Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Healthy Aging, and the UW-wide Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.


The Future of LGBTQ+ Caregiving: Visibility and Transformation

2022 Virtual Winkelman Lecture Part II: Wednesday, February 16, 4:30-5:30 PM

Angela K. Perone, PhD, JD, MSW, MA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, National Academy of Medicine, Fellow, U.S. Senate

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted and underscored caregiving issues across the globe. Many communities have adapted to new circumstances that require new approaches to caregiving. LGBTQ+ communities are no different. However, with a rich and unique history of caregiving from families of choice, LGBTQ+ communities offer important insights for caregiving for a larger population. To understand these possibilities, this discussion will provide a brief historical overview of LGBTQ+ caregiving, discuss key issues and hot topics, and conclude with a vision for the future.

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Keynote Speaker Angela (Angie) K. Perone

Angela (Angie) K. Perone, PhD, JD, MSW, MA is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow through the National Academy of Medicine and currently serving as a staff member in the U.S. Senate. Upon completing this fellowship, Perone will join the faculty at the University of California Berkeley School of Social Welfare where she will also lead its Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services. Perone is a licensed attorney and interdisciplinary scholar. Her research focuses on the intersection of law and social services with a particular focus on healthy and equitable aging, caregiving, and rights construction among health and social service providers. Perone previously served as a civil rights attorney. During this time she engaged in trial and appellate advocacy, policy, and education on racial justice, health, and caregiving issues and oversaw a national LGBTQ+ Elder Law Program. She subsequently served as the founding Executive Director of SAGE Metro Detroit where she grew its annual budget from under $50,000 to over $750,000 in five years and helped to provide new services for LGBTQ+ older adults in Michigan. While in Michigan, she was appointed to serve two terms on Michigan's State Advisory Council on Aging.

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