2017 Connectivity Summit:
A Catalyst for Change in Rural Aging

About The Summit

In collaboration with the MIT AgeLab, the Jefferson College of Population Health, and Health eVillages, Tivity Health™ presented the inaugural Connectivity Summit on June 20-21 in Portsmouth, NH.

More than 80 experts from academia, business, government, non-profit and community organizations and healthcare attended the invitation-only summit. Moderated by MIT AgeLab Founder and Director Joe Coughlin, PhD, attendees worked together to identify and prioritize ways to catalyze change in our rural aging population.

The Summit explored:

  • the power of the community to effect change
  • innovation and technology
  • integrated solutions

Here’s what a few of our attendees had to say about the 2017 Connectivity Summit:

  • “This has been an invigorating experience for me, a unique one in my experience. Regardless of what sector we work in…we all have common concerns. We’re all caring about the well-being of older adults who grow older in rural America.”  – Len Kaye, University of Maine, Center on Aging
  • “Something I’ve been really inspired to hear is that so many of us are looking at solutions from the user perspective and a community-centered approach.” – Susan Stiles, National Council on Aging
  • “We have a recognition together that this is a particularly important population that we have to pay attention to.” – John Feather, Grantmakers in Aging

Partnering Host

Donato Tramuto

Donato Tramuto
Chief Executive Officer,
Tivity Health
Health eVillages

David Nash, MD, MBA
Jefferson College of Population Health

Joe Coughlin

Joe Coughlin, PhD
Founder & Director,
MIT AgeLab


Click on headshot to read their bio

The Power of Community

Technology and Rural Health

Integrated Experience

Gillian Sealy
Chief Executive Officer,
Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) at the Clinton Foundation

James Firman, EdD
President & CEO,
National Council on Aging

Bob Blancato
Matz, Blancato and Associates

Sandy Markwood
Chef Executive Officer,
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Portia Singh, PhD
Research Scientist,
Philips Research North America

John Feather, PhD
Chief Executive Officer,
Grantmakers In Aging

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
General Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine
Director of Population Health,
Yale Medicine.

Anthony Versarge
Senior Director,

David Nash, MD, MBA
Jefferson College of Population Health

Lori K. Parham, PhD
Maine’s State Director,

Tivity HealthHealth eVillagesThomas Jefferson UniversityMIT AgeLab