Nancy A. Whitelaw, PH.D

Program Consultant
Chelsea, Michigan

Dr. Nancy Whitelaw is a Senior Leader and Co-director of the Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health Program. She is widely recognized for fostering broad-based collaborations that engage academics, practitioners and policy makers across health care, public health and community services. She is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of older adults through prevention, self-management, and person-centered care, moving beyond the traditional medical model and promoting community settings where older adults can live with independence and dignity.

Dr. Whitelaw was the founding Director of the Center for Healthy Aging at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) in Washington DC. During 2012, she served as President of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). She has been the recipient of NCOA’s Molly Mettler Award for national leadership in health promotion, GSA’s Maxwell A. Pollack Award for distinction in bridging research, policy and practice, and the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award. In 2013 AARP Magazine named her one of nine Influentials Who Are Changing Our Views on Aging.

Prior to joining NCOA in 1999, Dr. Whitelaw served as Associate Director of the Center for Health System Studies at the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), overseeing research and training projects on care coordination and geriatric team care. She also served as a member of the HFHS leadership team responsible for strategic planning and service line development in Medicare managed care, senior care and geriatrics.

Dr. Whitelaw has a Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan and B.A. and M.S. degrees in Sociology from Portland State University.

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