For Professionals: Healthy Aging Summit

The Healthy Aging Summit is a bi-annual event for program providers, facilitators, and older adults. Learn about programs and practices to help people age well!

Next Summit: May 15 2025


See past summit information:


Healthy Aging in the Age of COVID 
Redefining. Reimagining. Responding.

The Healthy Aging Summit was a fun, inspiring virtual conference for professionals and people with an interest in improving the health of their communities. This year we explored 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.  
With 14 workshops, 5 general sessions, and the Healthy Aging Star Awards, the 2021 Summit provided information about the health-related issues that impact people in your community. We learned from experts on new interventions and initiatives that support older adult health and connected with colleagues to learn what they’re doing to improve community health.

Registered Summit participants who would like to view recordings of the Summit general and breakout sessions can get access by contacting Kris Krasnowski


Helping People Help Themselves to Better Health

The 2018 Healthy Aging Summit took place in the Wisconsin Dells and was a conference for professionals and people with an interest in improving the health of their communities. This year we learned about, networked, and developed new relationships for collaboration – all in support of healthier aging and healthier communities.
With 18 workshops, 3 general sessions, and the Healthy Aging Star Awards, the 2018 Summit provided insight to new possibilities and inspiration to new heights of commitment to healthy aging.

Healthy Aging Star Award Recipients

WIHA awards individuals every year for their contributions towards healthy aging in their community. See here a history of those making a difference:

  • 2021 Above & Beyond Award: Marilyn Lange, Successful Aging in Greendale for Everyone (SAGE), Greendale

  • 2021 Bright Idea Award: Tony Omernik, Marathon County

  • 2021 Making it Happen Award: Vicky Shneider, Senior Activity Center, Sheboygan

  • 2021 In Cahoots Award: Roxanne Klubertanz-Gerber, ADRC of Eagle Country, Richland County

  • 2021 Health Equity Award: Dr. Eva Vivian, University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • 2018 Bright Idea Award: Laura Armstrong, ProHealth Care, Waukesha

  • 2018 Making It Happen Award: Tina Tharp, Mayo Clinic Health System, Menomonie

  • 2018 In Cahoots Award: Martha Viscuso & Saúl Juárez Aguilar, Pro Health and Hispanic Community Health Resource Center, Waukesha

  • 2018 Above & Beyond Award: Deb Bruning, ADRC of Eau Claire, Eau Claire County

  • 2018 Above & Beyond Award: Nancy Krueger, ADRC of Calumet, Outagamie, and Waupaca Counties

  • 2017 Above & Beyond Award: Barb Michaels, ADRC of Brown County, Brown County

  • 2017 Bright Ideas Award: Valeree Lecey, ADRC of Ozaukee County, Ozaukee County

  • 2017 In Cahoots Award: Mind Over Matter Advisory Board, Wisconsin

  • 2017 Making it Happen Award: Jennifer Lefeber, Milwaukee County Department on Aging, Milwaukee

  • 2017 Shining Start Award: Mary Wolf, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Wisconsin

  • 2016 Above & Beyond Award: Edie Felts-Podoll, ADRC of Waushara County, Waushara

  • 2016 Making It Happen Award: Chris Hagen and Darby Simpson, ADRC of Barron, Rusk and Washburn Counties

  • 2016 Making It Happen Award: Kathryn Lyons, McFarland Senior Center, McFarland

  • 2016 In Cahoots Award: Ann Bennet, Door County Senior Services, Door County

  • 2016 Bright Idea Award: Elida Rebolledo & Alejandra Estrada, Milwaukee County Commitment to Health Care Partnerships, Milwaukee

  • 2016 Bright Idea Award: Margie Hackbarth, Aspirus Wausau Innovations in Research Partnerships, Wausau

  • 2016 Bright Idea Award: Jeff Kirchner, Streu’s Pharmacy Bay Natural, Green Bay

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