2021 Award Recipient: Sherrie McDonald, R.N., Connections Area Agency on Aging
Sherri developed and piloted the Connections AAA’s care transitions program by partnering with a hospital in Council Bluffs. Through this leadership, a statewide initiative that lead to piloting the Iowa Return to Community that assists individuals in transition from residential medical care back to their home and communities. Sherrie’s vision for health support for those served by Connections AAA led to the establishment of Community Health Workers at the agency. Community Health Workers are now considered an invaluable resource for local police, fire, and public and mental health services providers through a Community Intervention Program. Sherrie oversees the CAPABLE Program, which is a collaborative pilot program with Habitat for Humanity and the Iowa Department on Aging that provides access to nursing and occupational therapy services along with modest home modifications that assists an older adult in remaining in their home rather than entering long-term care. Sherrie provides leadership for nearly all of the Connections AAA’s services [i.e., homemaker services, care transitions, options counseling, caregiver program, case management, and elder abuse prevention]. Sherrie’s legacy has assisted individuals and communities create a healthier and safer space for older adults to age in their communities of choice.