09/08/2005

WVU Center on Aging Professor Selected as White House Conference on Aging Delegate

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The White House Conference on Aging Policy Committee has announced the appointment of David K. Brown, Ph.D., to be a delegate-at-large to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging scheduled for Dec. 11-14 in Washington DC. 

Brown is the associate director of the West Virginia University Center on Aging and professor in the Department of Community Medicine at the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

As a delegate, Brown will represent the West Virginia Center on Aging, which earlier in the year held the main solutions forum on rural aging at which he testified.  Approximately 420 at-large delegates were selected by the WHCoA Policy Committee from more than 2,800 applicants.  At-Large delegates will represent a wide group of varied interest and professions including aging and health professionals, baby boomers, business and industry, disability, non-profit and veterans from all over the country.

“We are pleased to invite these individuals to be part of the historic 2005 WHCoA,” said Dorcas R. Hardy, chairman of the Policy Committee.  “The overall dedication and expertise, not to mention diversity and experience, will contribute to the success of the WHCoA and consequently to the future of aging in America.”

“The baby boomers and elderly in West Virginia should be proud to be represented by someone who has made a lifetime contribution to the area of aging as Dr. Brown has,” said Robert M. D’Alessandri, M.D., vice president for Health Sciences at WVU.  “He is a great asset to our institution and our state.”

In 2004, Brown received the Distinguished Service award from the WVU Center on Aging. “I am very proud to have Dr. Brown with us at the Center on Aging.  It is vital that a state like West Virginia with such a rural elderly population be represented by someone of his insight and experience.” said Richard J. Ham, M.D., director of the WVU Center on Aging.

He is nationally known for his contributions in public policy and education in the field of aging. In 1989 he assumed the position of executive director of the West Virginia Commission, and in 1982 became the director of the West Virginia Office of Aging appointed by then Governor Gaston Caperton.  He has served on many state and national boards and associations that relate to aging and holds the prestigious Vernon Dahmer award from the NAACP.

Appointed by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Brown served in the 1995 White House Conference on Aging National Advisory Committee and sat on former Vice President Al Gore’s Committee to Re-Invent Government through the Administration on Aging.

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