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Posted Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Pittsboro, NC - Chatham’s Council on Aging Director Dennis Streets reports that he is rarely taken by surprise, but he was stunned on August 5, 2014 when colleagues honored him with the statewide Margaret Hart Hardee Preeminence in Aging Award.
Sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the award recognizes “an older adult whose grassroots advocacy and participation has influenced the public policy that supports, protects and empowers older adults.”
The nomination letter explained that Streets’ desire to serve older people started when “he accompanied his father, a physician, on visits to nursing homes and house calls with the elderly. The commitment to caring that he witnessed through his father’s example has been carried on throughout his own career.”
The award recognized Streets’ impact on public policy throughout his career in various positions of leadership with state and regional agencies, including leading the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services.
The nomination letter said, “Dennis has used his various positions of leadership to advocate on behalf of older adults and individuals with disabilities in North Carolina and beyond. He has worked to assure that our communities and our service delivery systems are responsive to the strengths and needs of our rapidly growing older population.”
Streets’ commitment to collaboration and partnerships to strengthen the impact of service agencies and organizations also was commended. “The quality and cost effectiveness of services is paramount to Dennis. He is a strategic, big-picture thinker, yet has a warmth of personality that reflects his caring nature and concern for individuals, most especially older adults.”
Examples of Streets’ policy impact included leadership roles with the 1995 and 2005 White House Conferences on Aging. He also made presentations to the U.S. Congressional Briefing on Older Workers, National Home and Community Based Services Conference, AARP Public Policy Institute and annual conference of the American Society on Aging.
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