Summit Support Center

The Summit is a virtual event this year - which is different for us - so we imagine you may have some questions or need assistance.  Check out the resources below to help you get set up for the event. If you have questions that you don't find answered here, please contact Karen Beck at karen.beck@wihealthyaging.org


How to Use the Whova Desktop App
for the Summit




Continuing Education Hours

The 2021 Healthy Aging Summit is offering 8.5 Continuing Education Hours from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Department of Sociology.  Certificates of completion will be emailed to participants after the conclusion of the conference.



For questions about Summit events and programming, please contact
Kris Krasnowski.


For questions about registration, please contact
Karen Beck.


2021 Healthy Aging Summit - Virtual Event

Healthy Aging in the Age of COVID 

Redefining. Reimagining. Responding.


June 3-4, 2021  |  From a computer screen near you!

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The Healthy Aging Summit is a fun, inspiring conference for professionals and people with an interest in improving the health of their communities. This year we'll be exploring how our priorities have changed - or not changed - in light of the pandemic and how we are responding to ensure that people in our communities age well.  Whether you're working at the local, state or national level, there's something for everyone at the Summit!


With 15 workshops, 5 general sessions, and the Healthy Aging Star Awards, the 2021 Summit is a great place to learn about the health-related issues that impact people in your community. Hear from experts on new interventions and initiatives that support older adult health and connect with colleagues to learn what they’re doing to improve community health. Your registration includes:

  • Access to all live conference sessions and events
  • Access to full conference materials 
  • Conference app (Whova) with agenda and opportunity to connect with attendees and sponsors
  • Continuing Education Hours - certificates of completion mailed post conference


Meet Our Summit Speakers



sponsored by


Summit Keynote Speaker

Louise Aronson, MD


Geriatrician, writer, educator, and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Louise Aronson will be our keynote speaker at the 2021 Healthy Aging Summit. Dr. Aronson is the author of the New York Times bestseller Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining LifeIn her book, she challenges not only the way we look at aging but also the way we think and feel about medicine and what it means to be a human being across the lifespan. 

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, her recognitions includes the Gold Professorship in Humanism in Medicine, a MacDowell Artists’ Fellowship, and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award.


Vivian Nava-
National Council
on Aging


John A. Hartford Foundation
Carrie Molke
WI DHS, Bureau
of Aging &

sponsored by:


Sam Wilson
AARP Wisconsin

Ellen Rozek
UW-La Crosse
Dept of Psychology

Kris Krasnowski
Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging
Opening Session:
The Promise - In the Age of COVID

The pandemic has created numerous challenges but has also presented new possibilities for addressing community health. How do we recognize and take advantage of the opportunities to engage older people in healthier behaviors as restrictions ease? How can communities reimagine and respond to the changing landscape and priorities with a continual focus on health and wellness as people age?

General Session:
Advancing Age-Friendly Health & Public Health Systems

The movement toward age-friendly health systems and public health agencies is gaining steam as the population of older adults grows along with a recognition that systemic change is necessary to improve health outcomes in individuals and communities over the lifespan. Learn more about what age-friendly systems look like and how we can improve systems to better serve older adults.

General Session:

Alone and Lonely: The Science, Health Impact and Movement to Support Older Adults Who are Lonely and Socially Isolated


Loneliness and social isolation are on the rise in the U.S. and are responsible for very real physical, emotional and psychological impacts. In this panel discussion, learn more about the issue, the challenges in supporting people who are lonely, and community responses that range from national efforts to a new state initiative that uses a collective impact approach to deploy meaningful responses to the negative health impacts of social isolation and loneliness among older adults and people with disabilities in Wisconsin.