Health Care

There is a fast-growing number of boomers in their 50s and 60s who have left longtime jobs and professions for other occupational and entrepreneurial pursuits. These changes have even spawned a new term, encore careers, explored at www.encore.org. A project of Civic Ventures, the website provides information for those who want to transition into jobs that are more fulfilling and help others. Civic Ventures is also supporting colleges creating programs that help boomers shift into encores.

Tough new economic realities have transformed career reinvention from a virtue into a necessity for millions of older Americans who aren't ready to retire or simply can't afford to quit working. But hard times have not forced many boomers around traditional retirement age to give up dreams of meaningful second careers. Recognizing that trend, Civic Ventures has launched a movement around encore careers with two main themes: second careers with meaning and social entrepreneurship.

Volunteer Orientation for the Boomers Leading Change in Health Nonprofit

Boomers Leading Change in Health serves as a resource to the community in matters related to health and health care.

Start: 05/25/2011 - 10 a.m.
End: 05/25/2011 - 11 a.m.


Shekinah Shakur
Holistic Practitioner

Launch Pad Finalist

Big Idea

Black infant mortality results from a lack of self-worth, inadequate knowledge of traditions and a distorted sense of belonging – stemming from social, political and medical barriers. This idea would provide direct services, support and training for women and their families, particularly those coming home from prison and other circumstances of trauma and family separation.


Lynn McGee
Community Organizer

Launch Pad Finalist

Big Idea


Nancy Fernandez Mills , Volunteers in Medicine
Health Counselor
Volunteers in Medicine
Launch Pad Finalist

Big Idea

In the Berkshires, a popular tourist area in western Massachusetts, immigrants are the invisible workers in our hotels, restaurants, dry cleaners and landscape businesses who help keep many small businesses afloat. Their hours are long, and the pay is low. They live with daily stress and isolation from family who are still in Latin America. This population is often uninsured and therefore at increased risk for undetected illnesses, particularly illnesses affected by diets high in fat, salt and cholesterol, and high levels of stress.


Vicky Jekich , Merina Healing Arts Foundation
Founder
Merina Healing Arts Foundation
Launch Pad Finalist

Big Idea

Access to quality health care services is a major problem, particularly in rural communities. Health care facilities typically cut programs due to cost constraints, and creative arts therapy services are not always available, as there are few creative arts therapists in Idaho. Such therapists use dance, music and other forms of artistic engagement.


Ellen Freudenheim
Writer and Activist

Launch Pad Finalist

Big Idea

Cell phones could transform the world of preventive health information. Women are family health consumers. Mobiles are ubiquitous. My program, called Vida112 ("vida," meaning "life" in Spanish, and 112, part of a Brooklyn, N.Y., zip code), would showcase this technology's potential by delivering preventive health information bilingually via text messages about pregnancy, AIDS and possibly other health topics to high-risk Hispanic women in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.

About Ellen Freudenheim


Anne Cheung , Herald Cancer Care Network
Support Group Organizer
Herald Cancer Care Network
Launch Pad Winner

Big Idea

As boomers begin turn 65, many expect to keep working well past retirement age. Nearly one in five working Americans tapped into retirement accounts in the past year, and some now worry they will outlive their savings. For them and others, an encore career might be appealing. This NPR program focuses on “retirement with purpose” and features Civic Ventures founder and CEO Marc Freedman.

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