LeadingAge New York has named Audrey Weiner, President and CEO of Jewish Home, winner of its highest distinction, the Lawrence E. Larson Award of Honor. The award, named for the late Larry Larson, the group’s first chairperson, is given to a member who has made outstanding contributions to the field, is a recognized leader at the state and national levels, and has “expand[ed] the world of possibilities for aging.”
The award was announced on May 19 at the annual conference of the parent group, LeadingAge.
In a letter of recommendation, Susan Frazier, Director of the Green House® Project, spoke of Dr. Weiner’s “proven reputation as a mission-minded change agent, and her ability to inspire action,” someone who is “reshaping the healthcare landscape to create a better world for elders.”
Lou-Ellen Barkan, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter, cited the “wealth of theoretical knowledge and practical experience [which Dr. Weiner brings] to the country’s most difficult health care problem: caring for the rapidly growing population of aging Americans.”
Don J. Shulman, President and CEO of the national Association of Jewish Aging Services, described Dr. Weiner as someone who “communicates with the universal language of bringing blessing to those less fortunate” and called her a shining example “of humanitarian achievement [and] professional vision…”
LeadingAge New York is an organization that represents not-for-profit, mission-driven, and public continuing care providers.
A leader in the field of eldercare with more than 35 years’ experience, Audrey S. Weiner, DSW, MPH, is President and CEO of Jewish Home. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Social Work in Long-Term Care and, with Judah Ronch, PhD, edited the first text on culture change in long-term care. In 2013 she and Dr. Ronch edited Models and Pathways for Person-Centered Elder Care and Culture Change in Elder Care, both published by Health Professionals Press.
Dr. Weiner is a board member and immediate past chairperson of LeadingAge and a past chairperson of its Ethics Commission and Talent Cabinet. She is a past chairperson and current board member of the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition, the New York-area non-profit long-term care providers’ association, and a member of the board of the Greater New York Hospital Association. Dr. Weiner received her doctorate in Social Welfare Administration from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and her master’s in Public Health from Yale University.