Marty Lynch, PhD, Executive Director/CEO of LifeLong Medical Care, has been appointed to the California Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee. The advisory committee will work across sectors to develop a road map to build environments where Californians can grow old safely, with dignity and independence.
“This is our time to come together to build an age-friendly California,” said California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly “Government cannot do this alone — I challenge all Californians to join us in building a California Dream that is inclusive of our older and disabled neighbors.”
Said Lynch: “I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with others across the State to find ways to build a community that supports and cares for our older adults no matter what their income or immigration status.”
“The Golden State is getting grayer and we need to be ready for the major population changes headed our way,” stated Governor Newsom in announcing the Master Plan for Aging. “An aging population will introduce new opportunities for economic and community growth but also drive increased health and long-term care costs. We need a plan that brings everyone to the table – local communities, labor, private sector and philanthropy – to help us understand what’s coming and guide us toward taking better care of older Californians.”
Lynch started his career at LifeLong’s Over 60 Health Center in Berkeley in 1982. He has since grown LifeLong Medical Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center, to include 16 health centers, mental health services, three Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, four School-Based Health Centers, a Supporting Housing Program, and Urgent Care services serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties.
Dr. Lynch co-founded the Elderly Sub-Committee of the National Association of Community Health Centers and is past Chair of the California Primary Care Association. He recently served on the state task force to examine policy changes necessary for the integration of primary care and mental health services and worked to develop a California plan for Alzheimer’s disease.