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Kali Thomas, PhD, Ninth Katz Policy LecturerNinth Annual Katz Policy Lecture

Kali Thomas, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health, joined us for the Ninth Katz Policy Lecture on October 12, 2015. Dr. Thomas discussed the impact of Meals on Wheels and other home-delivered meal programs on health outcomes for individuals as well as the policy impact on states.

In a recent study by Dr. Thomas and her colleagues at Brown found that home-delivered meals improve the health and well-being of older adults, particularly those who receive daily-delivered meals and those who live alone. Her earlier research showed that when states invest in home-delivered meals, older adults with low-care needs are able to avoid costly nursing home placement.

Locally, the home-delivered meal program of the Rose Centers for Aging Well, a subsidiary of Benjamin Rose, serves more than 1,000 seniors each year with 168,694 meals delivered in 2014. Many of the older adults served would be unable to remain in their homes without home-delivered meals and other supportive services.

Dr. Thomas and Richard Browdie, President & CEO, recently discussed the issue of home-delivered meals and senior hunger on WCPN's Sound of Ideas. The issue - and the lecture - were also featured in the Cleveland Jewish News.

Click here for the lecture slides.

About Kali Thomas
Dr. Thomas currently holds a dual faculty appointment in the Center of Innovation for Long-term Services and Supports at the Providence VA Medical Center and in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health. Her research focuses on identifying ways to improve the quality of life of older adults needing long-term services and supports. Funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institute on Aging, and AARP Foundation, she has led research projects related to the quality of care delivered in long-term-care facilities and the role of home-and community-based services in preventing or postponing nursing home placement. She received her PhD in Aging Studies at the University of South Florida and completed an AHRQ Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Brown University's Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research.

Proceeds from the Ninth Katz Policy Lecture benefited the Rose Centers for Aging Well Home-Delivered Meals program.