Minnesota Receives Pacesetter Prize

October 09, 2017

The SCAN Foundation recently awarded the Minnesota Board on Aging its Pacesetter Prize, which recognizes state efforts to improve long-term services and supports for older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. Minnesota was chosen because of its exemplary history of providing services and supports for people who are caregiving, including personalized assessments, dementia-capable coaching, respite care support, and consultations through the state’s Senior LinkAge Line®.

The SCAN Foundation is an independent national public charity devoted to transforming care for older adults in ways that preserve dignity and encourage independence.

Using data from the AARP LTSS State Scorecard, the Pacesetter Prize is awarded across four of the Scorecard dimensions:

  • Affordability and Access
  • Choice of Setting and Providers
  • Support for Family Caregivers
  • Effective Transitions

Minnesota improved in three of the four measures and ranked No. 6 in the country in the Support for Family Caregivers dimension.

Left to right: Gilbert Acevedo, assistant commissioner for the Health Systems Bureau at the Minnesota Department of Health; Sherrie Pugh, Carolyn Perron and Kari Benson from the Minnesota Board on Aging; Emily Piper, DHS Commissioner; Bruce Chernof, SCAN Foundation; and Will Phillips, AARP Minnesota.

Left to right: Gilbert Acevedo, assistant commissioner for the Health Systems Bureau at the Minnesota Department of Health; Sherrie Pugh, Carolyn Perron and Kari Benson from the Minnesota Board on Aging; Emily Piper, DHS Commissioner; Bruce Chernof, SCAN Foundation; and Will Phillips, AARP Minnesota.

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