Public Advocacy Award
2014 Recipient: Shawn Bloom
1987 B.S. in Biochemistry and Gerontology
President and CEO of National PACE Association
At PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), Shawn Bloom helps people meet their health care needs in the community instead of going to a nursing home or other care facility. PACE, working with Medicare and Medicaid, provides the entire continuum of care and services to seniors with chronic care needs while maintaining independence in their home for as long as possible.
With more than 25 years in the elder and health care industries, Bloom is a well-known expert and frequently testifies before state and federal policy makers on health care policy reform for the aging. He has served as a member of the gerontology program's long-term care alumni advisory committee, contributed to the Center on Aging's excellence fund, and hired summer student interns to work with his Alexandria, Va., office.