Oct 20, 2022
The Department of
Health and Human Services helps to guide billions of dollars in
investment and direction in research, policy, and health care. The
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), within the
HHS, is the principal advisor to the Secretary of HHS on health
policy, ranging from legislation to strategic planning to research.
How does this relate to aging policy and research? How does
coordination occur between the federal, state and local level in
aging health policies? And, who within ASPE guides aging policy and
connects policy to every day health challenges experienced by
patients and clinicians?
On today today’s
podcast, we are joined by guest host and UCSF geriatrician Ashwin
Kotwal as we welcome Dr. Tisamarie Sherry (Deputy Assistant
Secretary for the Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and
Aging Policy (BHDAP)
, appointed by the Biden administration).
This office is tasked with providing aging policy research and
recommendations within ASPE, including long term care and the
National Alzheimer’s Project Act. Dr. Sherry shares her
expertise in aging health policy and helps us make sense of the
role of her Office and how she coordinates with the multitude of
federal agencies aligned around the goal of advancing aging
research, policy, and health. For the policy buffs and policy
newbies out there, we hope this podcast is an essential primer to
government in action.
- The structure of federal agencies and how they
- Priorities of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, and the
unique role of ASPE and BHDAP in guiding the agenda and long-term
- The recent focus on nursing facilities and long term supportive
services during the pandemic, along with key gaps
- How HHS and ASPE solicit input from clinicians, community
leaders, and older adults and how much it impacts policy decisions
(spoiler alert: this involvement is CRUCIAL)
- How to make your voice heard and get
We also touch briefly
on topics discussed in prior podcasts such as loneliness and
federal responses to the pandemic in relation to long-term care.
Tune to hear Alex’s rendition of 'With a Little Help from My
- Ashwin Kotwal, MD,