Welcome to the 2017 Aging and Disability Network Conference!
This conference is an opportunity to gather and share common thoughts and concerns, to join forces in making positive change, to build and strengthen new partnerships and take home new skills and ideas that can be used in the "everyday".
This year, our theme is Partnerships and we've named the event "Together Towards Tomorrow". Today, perhaps more than ever before, it is important for us as a network to work together, to build a common identity and remain active and optimistic in these times of change. Here's why:
- The next generation workforce has arrived. Amongst us are leaders and thought leaders, innovators and visionaries, do-ers, diplomats, analysts and advocates. Having a venue for a new generation to build critical relationships, share unique talents and ideas, and learn about and appreciate what other generations have laid out before us is essential for a network like ours to thrive.
- Changes are underway. They may bring small or sweeping changes to our service delivery system. Leadership and innovation in long-term care has always been a strength of the State of Wisconsin. As they say, "As the pie gets smaller- it's harder to share." We can either compete against each other or come together with common purpose. It is important that together, we lead through these times of change so that the disability and aging network can maintain, grow, and succeed for the people we serve.
- You change lives. Our constituents rely on us to stay focused, active and strong in the services we deliver and the vision we create for the future of our network. You serve as champions in real people's lives- connecting them with services and supports and delivering what people need to live long, healthy, quality lives. Broadening our knowledge and partnerships allow us, as a network, to serve a population better and for you, as professionals, to continue to change lives- one person at a time.
On behalf of the Department of Health Services and the Aging and Disability Network, I welcome you to join us for the 2017 Aging and Disability Network Conference.
Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources
WI Department of Health Services