Hinckley Institute

10.25.23 Reframing the Conversation: Ensuring High-Quality Patient Care at Every Age

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Hinckley Institute of Politics,
260 South Central Campus Drive,
Room 2018,
Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
United States


Forum offered online and in the Hinckley Institute caucus room - Room 2018, Gardner Commons.

This MEDiversity Week edition of Reframing the Conversation focuses on aging and policy in Utah.  University of Utah Health was recently designated an Age Friendly Health System (AFHS), a label that demonstrates the commitment of the UUHC system to anti-ageist practices and high-quality care for all ages. One recent report showed that the number of older adults (+65 years) in Utah will double by 2060, growing to 25% of the population.

The AFHS designation is part of an initiative by The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) to cultivate systems that “reliably provide evidence-based practice to every older adult at every care interaction.” But how can we ensure our state is best prepared to deliver the highest quality care for Utahans at any age? Which practices will help prevent ageism or other harmful attitudes that worsen health outcomes for older Utahans? And most importantly, which policy measures will help the state’s health care systems best care for an increasingly older population?

Reframing the Conversation is a monthly hybrid series. Attendees can join in person at the Hinckley Caucus Room (GC 2018) or virtually on the Reframing the Conversation webpage.

ASL interpretation will be provided and auto-captions will be available. All requests for event access support and other questions or concerns may be directed to edi-events@utah.edu.



  • Ivan Delgado
    Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Utah
  • Xia L. Erickson, MSW
    Associate Director, Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services
  • Angelo Giardino, MD, PhD
    Chair, Department of Pediatrics
    Chief Medical Officer, Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital
  • Celia Peña, MD
    Adjunct Instructor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, University of Utah

Moderated by: 

  • Rob Ence, MBA
    Executive Director, Utah Commission on Aging


Pizza will be distributed to attendees at the beginning of the event. Please plan to arrive at the venue promptly.


The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.