Menorah Park to host Chinese officials Oct. 29

Twenty-three senior-level government officials from the city of Guangdong in Shenzhen Province in the People's Republic of China will spend the morning of Oct. 29 at Menorah Park learning about health care and residential services for older adults in the United States and how they are administered, delivered and financed.

Participants in a training program in public administration and public management for the Shenzhen City government, the group is spending 20 days in Syracuse with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. The program is designed to provide an in-depth view of the latest developments and reform trends in public administration and public service management in the United States.

The visit at Menorah Park will begin with presentations and dialogue with Board President Jeffry Berman, CEO Mary Ellen Bloodgood, other administrative and care-providing staff, and residents and their family members. After a tour of the Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center's skilled nursing, memory care, medical adult day and short-term rehabilitation units, the group will take campus vans to visit The Oaks, Menorah Park's independent living community, and enjoy lunch and a social encounter with residents.

The morning at Menorah Park will follow up on an earlier lecture to the group on The U.S. Health Care System by Dr. Thomas Dennison, director of the program in health service management and policy and associate director of CNY MPH. Dennison also sits on the advisory committee of IMPARA, Menorah Park's applied research arm.

The training program, which lasts from Oct. 16 to Nov. 17, involves classroom lectures, discussions and case study analysis, and features site visits to government agencies at various levels and non-governmental organizations as well as tourist destinations such as Niagara Falls, Finger Lakes wineries, and apple farms in LaFayette. Participants also spend four days in Washington, D.C., and six days in New York City. The Maxwell School provides written translation and consecutive interpretation services.

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