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The Role of CBOs and CBO Networks in Comprehensive Dementia Care Models

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Community-based organizations (CBOs) play an important role in meeting the needs of individuals living with dementia and their families. This webinar will discuss the need to build dementia care models to support this growing population. Nora Super of the Milken Institute will present the findings of the new Alliance to Improve Dementia Care report, “Scaling Comprehensive Dementia-Care Models.” The webinar will explain recommendations to enhance dementia care and payment policies in traditional Medicare, with a particular focus on the need to develop mechanisms to pay CBOs for services provided to individuals living with dementia and their caregivers. Mark Cullen from Trellis, a AAA in Minnesota, will discuss Juniper, a statewide network of CBOs that delivers evidence-based health promotion programs. Cullen will describe the development of the network, including challenges and lessons learned, and discuss how they are evolving their network to deliver dementia-focused services.

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Understand the recommendations of the Scaling Comprehensive Dementia-Care Models report,
  • Identify the challenges and benefits of developing a CBO network, and
  • Explain the role of payment mechanisms to compensate CBOs in scaling dementia care.


Mark Cullen is the vice president of Strategy and Business Development at Trellis, responsible for Trellis’ home- and community-based services strategy that focuses on assisting older adults in maintaining their independence and thriving as they age. Cullen led the development of Trellis’ management services organization, including programs operating under the brand name Juniper. This effort creates a pathway for healthcare organizations (providers and payers) to access home- and community-based services for their patients/members.

Dawn Simonson, MPA, is the president and CEO of Trellis. Simonson’s priorities are to develop networks and other partnerships that support older adults to live healthy and secure lives at home via services and programs that benefit them and their families in the Twin Cities region and throughout Minnesota. She is a respected voice in the aging policies and practices arena through her voluntary lead roles with the Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging, Minnesota Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Minnesota’s ACT on Alzheimer’s initiative, and Dementia Friendly America. She is a past president of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and of the Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care.

Nora Super is the executive director of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging. In this role, Super provides strategic direction for two primary focus areas: Healthy Longevity and Financial Wellness. In 2020, Super launched the Milken Institute Alliance to Improve Dementia Care, which seeks to transform and improve the complex health and long-term care systems that people at risk for and living with dementia must navigate. Super is a respected thought leader, frequent speaker and prolific writer on healthy longevity and the economic and social impact of global population aging. From 2014 to 2016, Super served as the executive director of the White House Conference on Aging, where she received wide recognition for her nationwide efforts to improve the lives of older Americans. She has also held leadership roles at the US Department of Health and Human Services, AARP, Kaiser Permanente, and USAging.


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