SUSAN POOR, MPH
Volunteer Director of Outreach and Volunteer Support (West Coast)
Susan is the Director of Innovation & Business Development at On Lok in San Francisco.
On Lok has served frail, low-income seniors in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years through the PACE model - the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly.
On Lok created Susan's role in 2012 to expand On Lok's
services to a broader population.
Susan is a specialist in community approaches to aging, the Village model, systems of practical and social supports needed by older adults, end-of-life care, family caregiving, health care reform, and managed care.
Prior to joining On Lok, Susan worked with the Village-to-Village Network to replicate Villages nationwide.
As Owner/Principal of Susan Poor Consulting, she worked for 10 years with local governments and nonprofit providers on a wide range of aging and health-related projects.
Susan has also served as Vice President of Hospice By The Bay, Director of Patient and Family Services with the Greater Bay Area ALS Association, and Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Marin.
Susan is a Founder of San Francisco Village and Vice President of its Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the San Francisco Long Term Care Coordinating Council's Aging and Disability Friendly Workgroup, West Coast Director of Outreach for Share The Care™, and an affiliate consultant with Community Strengths.
In her work with On Lok and the Village movement, Susan is a leader in focusing attention on the long term care needs of middle-income seniors.
Susan has a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Brown University.
She is a member of the American Society on Aging, the Gerontological Society of America, LeadingAge, and the Village-to-Village Network.
Susan's passion for Share The Care™
was sparked by the great caregiving needs she
observed in families coping with terminal illness and the effects of long-term, debilitating chronic illness and disability.
believes thatShare The Care™
'snetwork-based approach to caregiving - which systematically, compassionately, and respectfully involves an individual's own family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and others in sharing the caregiving role - can provide critically needed and affordable support for patients and families.
Susan joined ShareTheCaregiving™ , Inc.in September 2005 to help increase awareness about Share The Care™among health care providers and community-based organizations in the western part of the country.
Eileen was a part of the first Share The Care™
"Funny Family", with Sheila Warnock and Cappy Capossela.