Ana P. Bagtas, MHA

Project: "Project Independence Plus: Addressing the Gap in Transition Care Services"
Marin County Department of Health and Human Services

Ana Bagtas is currently a Program Manager at the County of Marin’s Department of Health and Human Services (2007-Present), primarily overseeing the Area Agency on Aging, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and Transition Care services. In this capacity, she is responsible for directing the planning, contracting, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating of programs and services for older adults, person with disabilities, and family caregivers in Marin County.

Prior to her current post, Ms. Bagtas was the Associate Director of Fellowship Programs at the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust (2006-2007) where she oversaw the Cultural Competence Leadership Fellowship (CCLF). CCLF is a year-long leadership training program for health care executives that promotes cultural and linguistic competence in organizations and aims to prevent disparities in health care. She developed curriculum, organized trainings, recruited faculty, and evaluated program effectiveness and participant outcomes.

As Program Manager at the Asian Community Center in Sacramento (2002-2005), Ana Bagtas developed a volunteer driver program and initiated a number of innovative programs for family caregivers through a 3-year demonstration grant from the federal Administration on Aging. Several of these programs have received national awards from the American Society on Aging, MetLife, and Beverly Foundation, among others, for innovation and cultural competence in health care. Through this work, the federal Administration on Aging recognized Ms. Bagtas’ leadership and appointed her as the 2004-2005 U.S. Delegate to the Young Core Leaders of Civil Societies held in Tokyo, Japan where representatives from invited countries discussed global aging, disability, and youth issues as well as share best practices.

Ms. Bagtas has held positions as a Community Organizer at the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, Coordinator of Diversity Programs at American Society on Aging, and Interim Associate State Director for AARP. She also served as a consultant on several projects funded by the California Endowment, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Community Development, and the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Aging and Adult Services.

Ms. Bagtas is a Fellow of U.C. Berkeley Extension’s Bay Area Social Services Consortium and the Public Health Institute’s Women’s Health Leadership. She received her Master in Health Administration from the University of Southern California and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Economics from the California State University, Chico.

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