Statement in Honor of Jennie Chin Hansen
gives me great pride to salute Jennie Chin Hansen for her vision,
leadership, and extraordinary service to San Francisco's seniors
as she prepares to step down as Executive Director of On Lok Senior
Health Services. She has had a magnificent career and will continue
to make invaluable contributions to our City and our nation.
joined On Lok Senior Health Services as a research assistant in
1980. At that time, On Lok was a modest initiative in San Francisco's
Chinatown that offered a day health program to 100 homebound seniors.
Under her leadership, On Lok was transformed into a national model
for an alternative to nursing homes for the growing population of
frail and elderly Americans. On Lok has demonstrated how vital it
is for the elderly to continue living independently in their homes,
near their friends and families, and in their communities for as
long as possible.
transformed On Lok into a non-profit family of organizations. On
Lok now provides a spectrum of services including comprehensive
medical care, prescription drug assistance, bilingual case management,
home-cooked meals, and opportunities to socialize. On Lok provides
transportation to seven neighborhood centers in San Francisco. In
its 25 years, 20,000 seniors have benefited from their programs.
Three million meals have been prepared and served. A quarter million
classes on subjects including aerobics, dance, painting, and citizenship
as well as group outings have met the physical and social needs
of the elderly.
Chin Hansen led the effort to develop a national initiative called
PACE, Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, for which
On Lok served as the prototype. In 1997, President Bill Clinton
signed legislation making Medicare and Medicaid money available
for PACE Programs. They are now operating in 30 states nationwide.
"A visionary and a fierce advocate, Jennie has greatly influenced
how our nation has come to regard care for the elderly. She has
shown us the richness of caring for our seniors.
well her as she continues her work educating nurses at San Francisco
State University, Canada College, and the UCSF Center for the Health
Professions. The nursing field with its acute shortages is blessed
to now have her focus, her talent, and her wisdom. Her magic will
accompany her wherever she goes. "
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