Dr. Sarah Toevs, professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health directs the interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Aging at Boise State University. She is actively engaged with students, faculty, and community partners in efforts to maximize quality of life for individuals of all ages. Dr. Toevs holds a doctoral degree from the University of Utah and has been a faculty member in the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University since 2000. Her research expertise is in the areas of program evaluation and assessment and have resulted in several state and regional reviews such as the Idaho Needs Assessment of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia, Idaho Employment Related Supports: Opportunities and Challenges for the Idaho Home Choice Program, and Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS): Needs Assessment of Individuals Who Are Homebound. These efforts reflect her commitment to generating real-time evidence for use in community-based planning and decision making. Dr. Toevs maintains an extensive network of local and state partners including colleagues with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and District Health Departments, the Idaho Commission on Aging and regional Area Agencies on Aging, the Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults (JAVA), and the Idaho Public Health Association, Alzheimer’s Association, and AAPR, to name a few.
IIBHN 2020 Presentation(s):
Patient and Caregiver Advocacy
With Emily Allen, MSW
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020. 1:00 – 2:30
Grand Ballroom 100C
- Identify consumer advocacy groups designed to support behavioral health in Idaho.
- Understand and be empowered to engage in the advocacy process – through patient story, advocacy networks, i.e., grass tops and grass roots.
- Formulate a policy priority that would support seamless integration and improved outcomes for patients. Develop an advocacy message using story.