Primary Care Liaisons
In partnership with two Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in Washington state, we have created a new position, Primary Care Liaison (PCL), within the Aging services network. The PCL’s main goal is to enhance primary care awareness of community resources that support older adults to age in place.
Each PCL connects with clinics monthly and presents information about AAA resources, including evidence-based health-promotion programs serving older adults and their family caregivers (e.g., Enhance®Fitness, Powerful Tools for Caregivers) as well as self-management “flags,” a useful client engagement tool. Our PCLs are building bridges between community and primary care so that every older adult and family caregiver find the support they need to remain in their own home and community.
An easy way to connect patients to AAA resources and services. Connect with your PCL to learn more.
Meet our Primary Care Liaisons…
Melissa Ensey, MSEd
Representing the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington (AAADSW) serving Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Skamania, and Clickitat counties. Since 2011 Melissa has worked to support older adults in Southwest Washington as part of AAADSW. Melissa earned her BA in Communications from the University of Washington and went on to complete her Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling and Student Affairs Leadership and Practice at Youngstown State University. Melissa has a passion for programs and services that offer people the opportunity to be invested and empowered in their own health. She enjoys the challenge of connecting people to the right program to fit their needs.
Allison Boll, MSW
Representing Aging and Disability Services (ADS), the AAA for Seattle-King County. Allison’s brings over five years of experience serving older adults and their families in post-acute care, hospice, and community-based settings to her role as a Primary Care Liaison. Allison earned an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University and Master of Social Work from University of Washington. Allison’s commitment to older adults stems from her time as a live-in caregiver for her grandmother. She’s passionate about coalition building and believes that partnerships, like that between ADS and NWGEC, will generate new opportunities and solutions for our community.