CAADS Events At-A-Glance
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The importance of advocating with lawmakers on behalf of the Adult Day Services (ADS) industry cannot be overstated and is key in helping shape local and state laws and budgets. Building effective relationships with legislators can help provide the support you need as both a care provider as well as a business operating in your city and state. Join us in walking through the foundation of creating or enhancing your advocacy voice and how to partner with elected officials and community businesses.
• ADS Lobbying 101
• Tools and Handouts to influence lawmakers
• Strategies for connecting with legislators and business partners
• Engaging family caregivers and vendor partners to advocate on behalf of ADS
Presenters: Dr. Afshin Abedi: Dr. Afshin Abedi is the co-founder of Loving Care Adult Medical Day Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is currently the immediate past president and member of the executive committee of the Maryland Association of Adult Day Services (MAADS), where he has been a key contributor and member of the board since 2015. He is an active advocate for the importance and value of medical day care in the continuum of care and the key role they play in reducing the overall cost of healthcare. His prior experience includes senior executive positions at various technology and government contracting organizations. He has helped with key organizational transformation initiatives, examined enterprise processes and technologies, and uncovered new ways to align IT with business needs, control costs, and risks, and improve productivity. He has a strong passion for science, engineering, technology and problem solving.
Elizabeth (Liz) Barnes, MHA: Elizabeth (Liz) Barnes is Vice President of Program Operations for Easterseals DC|MD|VA and has over 15 years of experience supporting people with disabilities through their lifespan. She is the current Maryland Association for Adult Day Services [MAADS] president. She has worked on increasing Medicaid reimbursements at the state level while adding on an additional adult day services supplement at the county level. Elizabeth started her career as a direct care staff. She has also worked as a Behavioral Rehabilitation Clinician, Assistant Program Director, Program Director, Director of Residential, and Executive Director. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Utica College.