New York Governor Kathy Hochul selected Common Ground Health CEO Wade Norwood to serve on a committee to advise on the state’s first-ever master plan on aging.

Norwood was appointed to the 28-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee for New York State's Master Plan For Aging Council, which is creating a master plan to ensure older New Yorkers can live healthy, fulfilling lives while aging with dignity and independence. 

The advisory committee is tasked with providing expertise on age-friendly policies, supports and health services to guide the Master Plan for Aging Council as it develops a comprehensive plan for meeting the socioeconomic needs of all generations of New Yorkers as they age.

"All New Yorkers deserve to age in their community with dignity and independence," Governor Hochul said. "The input provided by these stakeholders will provide the framework for the Master Plan for Aging and guide our efforts to ensure aging New Yorkers have access to quality long term care in healthy, livable communities where they can thrive."  

Advisory committee members include health care and support service providers; consumers; informal caregivers; older adults – particularly those in communities experiencing disparities; health plan companies, labor and community-based organizations, employers, experts on aging and academic researchers.

Two other local representatives, Thomas Caprio, M.D., director of the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center, and Lifespan President and CEO Ann Marie Cook, join Norwood on the committee.  

“I am delighted that Governor Hochul has called on me to serve on this critical advisory committee,” Norwood said. “A master plan is needed to identify how the healthcare system can best serve older adults, address the disparities that exist among older adults of color and assist those most vulnerable, including the working poor.”