Senator Mark Leno Honored at 30th Anniversary of SFSU Gerontology Program

May 1, 2017
April 2017

In recognition of his legislative advocacy on behalf of California's long term care consumers, Senator Mark Leno was presented with the Distinguished Long-Term Care Advocate Award at the San Francisco State University Gerontology Program’s 30th anniversary celebration.  

Alumni and current students of the Gerontology program, community leaders, senior care providers and friends and supporters of SF State gathered on April 5 at the Seven Hills Conference Center to celebrate the program’s 30 years of success. The Gerontology program at SF State was established in 1986 and is the first and the oldest, graduate program in Gerontology in the California State University and the University of California systems. The program is dedicated to the higher education of professionals who will serve the present and future needs of society in meeting the multiple challenges of an aging population, and who will advocate for improving the quality of care and quality of life for the aged. Kudos to Dr. Darlene Yee-Melichar, Professor and Coordinator of the Gerontology Program, for her dedication and commitment to educational excellence in gerontology and for coordinating a successful event. 

Senator Leno, who was termed out in 2016, authored numerous laws that have protected and benefited California’s seniors and persons with disabilities.  As an Assemblyperson and as a State Senator, Senator Leno fought for and won sentencing reforms, environmental protections, protections for foster youth, access to better education, and LGBTQ rights as well as numerous reforms to residential care for elders.  Pat McGinnis, Executive Director of CANHR and an adjunct professor in the Gerontology Program presented the award to Senator Leno.   

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