Request for Proposal for the 20th and 21st NICOA Conferences on Aging –
2012 NICOA Biennial Conference Overview
Last year’s 19th Biennial National Indian Council on Aging Conference was held September 15-18, 2012 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Over 1,200 members from across the Continental United States and Alaska enjoyed three and a half days of presentations, exhibits, caucuses and fun.
Keynote Speakers included: Robert B. Blancato, President of Matz, Blancato, & Associates; Hubert Humphrey III, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau;
Nancy Altman, Co-director of Social Security Works; Barry W. Ramo, MD, FACC, Cardiologist, New Mexico Heart Institute; and Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, Director, Indian Health Services.
Our Special Conference Events included: Dinner with an evening of cultural song and dance from the southwest; Spiritual Breakfast; Traditional Fashion Show; Honoring Lunch for Tribal Elder Veterans; and Remember When walk through history and class reunion.
Overall, new Board Members were elected; exhibits provided exciting items for sale; and 40 experts present over 70 breakout sessions full of important information. See conference program in side bar. We extend a very special “Thank You” to Mary Ann Jones of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce for all the assistance with local organizations, hotels, and the wonderful staff at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Also a “Thank You” to Toby Rose Brown of T Brown Consulting for her overall assistance, and to Sara La Bounty, Helms Briscoe.