Healthy Aging Summit - 2018

Join us for the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit - June 7-8, 2018 at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells.  The Summit is a 2-day event dedicated to learning, networking, training, and collaborating -- all in the pursuit of reaching new heights as professionals and leaders in the healthy aging movement.


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Who's going to the Summit?  
The event is designed for healthy promotion program leaders, coordinators, and volunteers; academic researchers and community partners; professionals from aging offices, ADRCs, senior centers, independent living centers, public health departments, and health care systems — and anyone with an interest in promoting healthy aging in their community. Come get new ideas and fresh perspectives to help you improve the health and wellness of your community.  And — most importantly — connect with friends and colleagues who share your vision for healthier aging in Wisconsin.

Keynote speaker Dr. Aaron Leppin








Dr. Leppin is a patient, physician, and implementation scientist in the Division of Health Care and Policy Research at Mayo Clinic and a Health and Aging Policy Fellow with the Minnesota Board on Aging. His research focuses on developing systems-based approaches to enhancing communities’ capacity to deliver evidence-based health promotion programs.

From Sick Care to Well Care:
A Policy Priority for an Aging Society

American communities are transforming, spurred by the aging of the Baby Boomer generation. Recognizing, understanding, and responding to the unique opportunities presented by this new societal landscape will determine how well older adults maintain their health and independence and thrive in their homes and communities. Ensuring the health and wellness of people as they age will require a shift in thinking and new knowledge about the roles communities can and should play to reliably contribute to health.

Dr. Leppin will discuss the systems that generate this knowledge and how they can be used to drive change through the sustainable implementation of evidence-based health promotion programs.


Featured Presentation: Health Benefits of Animal Interaction for Older Adults & Their Pets: Health on Both Ends of the Leash 
Speaker: Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, FNAP - University of Missouri


Featured Presentation: The Role of Intimacy for Healthy Aging: More Than Merely Physical
Speaker: Matthew Lee Smith, Ph.D. - Texas A&M University


Featured Presentation: The Opioid Epidemic in Wisconsin: The Impact on Older Adults
Speaker: Paul Krupski, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)


Workshops: With 18 topics to choose from, there's something for everyone at the Summit. See the registration brochure for titles and descriptions.

Healthy Aging STAR Awards: Be inspired as we honor the individuals and organizations that are making a big impact on healthy aging in their communities.

And it wouldn't be a WIHA event without a little bit of fun, so bring along a photo of your furry or feathery family member for our Pet Wall of Fame. Also plan to stop by the Summit photo booth and get your silly on.

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Registration Fee:

$150/full Summit
 (includes breakfasts and lunches)

$100/one day (includes breakfast and lunch)

Registration Deadline:
 Friday, June 1, 2018

For questions about registration, please contact UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education Customer Service at: (715) 346-3838



Hotel Accommodations:


Glacier Canyon Conference Center - Wilderness Resort | 45 Hillman | Wisconsin Dells, WI

Guest Room Rates:

$82/night — Single

$99/night — Double, Triple, or Quad

Update:  A limited number of hotel rooms are still available at the Wilderness Resort at the special conference rate.  To make your reservations, call (800) 867-9453 and reference booking code F71262. 

Continuing Education Hours:

Conference participants will receive 8.25 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) for attending the 2018 full Summit. Thursday only attendees receive 5.5 hours (CEHs) and Friday attendees receive 2.75hours (CEHs). An electronic certificate will be sent to all participants within 2 weeks after the Summit.


Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor:

We'd love to have you join us as a Healthy Aging Summit sponsor and/or exhibitor!  With over 300 healthy aging activists in attendance, businesses, organizations, and agencies find this event a great place to develop relationships and align themselves with Wisconsin's healthy aging movement.  

Find the menu of options for sponsoring or exhibiting here

To secure your sponsorship or exhibit space, visit our online sponsor/exhibitor registration form.

Contact Conference Planner Anne Rodgers-Rhyme at: or call 608-345-9697.