Over a Dozen Trailblazers to be Honored

ARTZ Philadelphia Board member Lynn Fields-Harris to receive NCOA Distinguished Service Award

Arlington, VA, May 30, 2019 — The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well, is honoring more than a dozen women, men, and organizations around the country who are working toward a just and caring society that allows all of us to age with dignity, purpose, and security. The honorees will be announced throughout NCOA’s Age+Action 2019 Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, June 17-20, 2019.

“We are proud to recognize these outstanding national and local leaders who share our mission to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling,” said Jim Firman, NCOA President & CEO. “They represent the future of aging well in America—working to ensure diversity and inclusion, launching innovative solutions, and strengthening programs that all of us depend on as we age,” added Firman.

Distinguished Service Award This award recognizes NCOA employees and volunteers who have made major contributions to NCOA’s mission and social impact. Monday, June 17 @ 4:30 p.m

A portrait of Lynn Harris smiling

Until June 2018, Lynn Fields Harris served for 15 years as Executive Director of Center in the Park, a nationally accredited senior community center and social services agency in Philadelphia. Through her leadership, the center was transformed into a wellness center and was recognized as a model for the implementation of innovative programming and of community-based/academic participatory research initiatives with diverse populations. Center in the Park was a key community partner for several NCOA initiatives, and she has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles, including as an NCOA Board member and Chair of NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers. NCOA is honoring Harris for her incredible commitment to furthering NCOA’s mission and social impact.

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