DaveBaldridgephoto2012Dave Baldridge (Cherokee)

A nationally-recognized Native advocate for elder issues, Dave has served as the Executive Director of the International Association for Indigenous Aging since 2003. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) from 1992-2002. During that time he published nearly two dozen monographs and papers dealing with long-term care and elder abuse. Under his leadership at NICOA, NICOA became the nation’s foremost non-profit advocate for AI/AN elders. The organization tripled in size while significantly influencing legislation and federal policies affecting or Indian and Alaska Native elders.

Dave has been actively involved in public policy and research efforts on federal, state, and local levels. He has vast experience in the legislative, budget and advocacy process, representing the interests of older American Indians to Congress, states, and tribes. He has testified before Congress on several occasions. He has twice served on the board of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and has been a technical assistance contractor to the Department of Justice Office of Violence against Women, assisting Native program grantees. His accomplishments include leading national advocacy for the Older Americans Act services for American Indian elders. He has authored numerous papers on Indian advocacy, health, demographics and culture. His work has involved extensive relationships with tribal councils and organizations, and sovereignty issues. His publications on a wide variety of Indian aging issues have been widely distributed and cited. He has interpreted Indian aging issues for Congressional subcommittees, federal task forces, state aging organizations, long-term care providers, Indian organizations, tribal- and inter-tribal councils.

In his spare time he volunteers as a K9 handler for Sandia Search Dogs (SSD) in Albuquerque, New Mexico (NM) and deploys on search and rescue missions with his 9-yr.-old border collie.  A SAR volunteer for nine years, Dave currently is the team’s President.  He served three years on the NM Emergency Services Council board of directors.

LCarsonpicD. Carson, PhD., MPH, BSN *

Dr. Carson is an Associate Professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma and Center Coordinator for the American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center, funded by the N.I.H. National Institute for Minority Health and Disparities. Dr. Carson holds degrees in Nursing, Public Health Epidemiology, and Aging Studies. Dr. Carson’s research is interdisciplinary and focuses on cross-cultural health communications, especially as these relate to elder populations

Past research includes funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as P.I. for a project that examined the efficacy of utilizing community health workers to improve diabetes adherence among elder populations in rural Oklahoma, and research with diabetic American Indian elders and their health care providers regarding the cultural construction of the disease and provider delivery models, also as P.I. Dr. Carson has conducted research regarding the bio-cultural models of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias in American Indian populations, focus group research with Caucasian, Hispanic, and American Indian populations involving the pre-event messaging of terrorist events, funded by the CDC,  focus group research for the USDA that examined food security issues in minority populations, and for CMS regarding communications to elder minority populations about Medicare enrollment. Notably, she has also conducted research as private contractor for American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. Dr. Carson most recently received funding from N.I.H. to examine variables related to stress among caregivers to tribal children and youth with diabetes, as well as the production of digital stories concerning barriers and facilitators to daily care.

At the national level, grant review service includes the CDC Special Emphasis Panel: Surveillance, Natural History, Quality of Care and Outcomes of Diabetes Mellitus with Onset in Childhood and Adolescence, the CDC Special Diabetes Panel Community-Directed Grant Program, and the Indian Health Service. In 2012 Dr. Carson was inducted into the national Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.

*AKA L. Carson Henderson


joliepicJolie Crowder, PhD, RN, MSN, CCM

Jolie Crowder, Research and Evaluation Manager for IA2, has worked on numerous projects involving program design and implementation, qualitative research, online surveying, program analysis and evaluation, organizational needs assessments and technical and consumer writing.

She also has extensive experience convening, facilitating and presenting at in person workshops, web seminars and web conferences on a variety of health care subjects.

She previously served as vice president of special projects for the American Health Quality Foundation, the charitable branch of the American Health Quality Association (AHQA). AHQA is the non-profit association representing Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs). Medicare QIOs are contractors for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) selected to assist health care providers and practitioners in improving the quality of health care for Medicare beneficiaries. During Jolie’s tenure with AHQF (a 501(c)3 that she was instrumental in establishing) she worked on a number of special projects and grants, focused on health care fraud, disease prevention, diabetes education, and other quality improvement related activities. She also served as the co-director of national health care consumer protection resource center. Prior to that, Jolie worked at AHQA as the vice president of operations and education where she managed a budget of $1.5 million and oversaw implementation of three major annual national health care quality conferences. Part of her early responsibilities at AHQA included serving as a liaison to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and completing a national report that compiled and analyzed health care improvement data from 55 QIOs across the country.

She also has experience as a client case manager in the worker’s compensation arena, and works part-time with a local health system providing community immunizations, and as a nurse care coordinator for a program that provides cardiovascular health screenings.