Meet the Staff: Dan HobbsPosted Jun 22, 2018
Meet Dan Hobbs! Dan is NHLA’s new Elder Advocacy Coordinator for the Alliance for Healthy Aging (NH AHA).
In this role, Dan is tasked with creating a groundswell of interest for the needs and rights of New Hampshire’s aging population.
Dan’s previous experience includes directing several programs for older adults including: Senior Housing, Nursing Home Ombudsman, Case Management, Volunteer Programs, and Employment.
“I really wanted to play a role in improving the quality of life for seniors in a more systemic way. That’s what NH AHA is all about, so it’s been a great fit so far,” Dan said.
NH AHA is a statewide coalition of stakeholders focused on the health and well-being of older adults in NH. The alliance works to create communities that advance culture, policies and services for older adults and their families, because strong communities are the backbone for healthy aging.
Dan and the other members of NH AHA have been building grassroots support for issues related to aging throughout New Hampshire. In April 2018, they held a large event at the New Hampshire State House to introduce NH AHA and the group’s long-term policy priorities to the legislature.
In the 2018 legislative session, NH AHA successfully advocated for a number of bills related to aging, including HB 1807, which will provide legal tools to better protect vulnerable adults from exploitation.
Going forward, Dan will meet with folks across the state to identify challenges related to aging and potential solutions and work with NH AHA to build a statewide base of advocates interested in speaking out on issues facing older adults to not only change the conversation about aging, but also the policies that ensure NH is a great community to live in throughout the life cycle. .
NH AHA members meet monthly in Concord, and plan to hold meetings throughout the state with legislators in their districts this summer and fall.
NH AHA’s work is primarily supported with funding from the Endowment for Health.
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