Advocacy & Policy Initiatives

City Advocacy
State Advocacy
National & International Advocacy



The Institute is driven by its mission "empowering older adults to flourish" to bring about systemic change in the lives of older adults by working collaboratively with Louisville government and location organizations.


  • Board Appointments of the Institute Faculty and Staff at the City level:
    • Health Enterprise Network (HEN)
    • Institutional Review Board
    • Interfaith Paths to Peace
    • Kent Alumni School Council
    • Kentucky Coalition for the Homeless
    • KIPDA District Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
    • Passport Board of Directors
  • Louisville Healthcare Fellow, Class of 2017 | Director of Research, Dr. Pam Yankeelov

  • The Institute is a member of the Louisville Sustainability Council to advocate for environmental policy that impacts the health and well-being of older adults and the community as a whole

  • Age-Friendly City Initiative. The Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging is leading the Age-Friendly Initiative in Louisville in close partnership with the Metro Government and AARP Kentucky. We work with our community partners and stakeholders across all of the eight domains to ensure that age-friendliness is fully integrated into our community. We oversee the action, implementation and evaluation plan to make Louisville more age-friendly and help infuse age-friendliness in all city initiatives. To learn more about this exciting initiative and how you can get involved, check out the Age-Friendly Louisville webpage.


How Can You Advocate for the Rights of Older Adults? 

  • Join the Institute's Newsletter
  • Follow us on social media
  • Let us know of aging rights and issues going on in your community
  • Call politicians on critical legislation 
  • Attend national conferences and rallies on aging issues with the Institute

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