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3rd Quarter, 2012 South Western Oklahoma Development Authority “Making A Difference in Western Oklahoma” By Latia Muray James Boyd has been an em-ployee of SWODA since 1984 and has served as Director of Aging Services since 1985. The Aging Services pro-gram has contributed over $1.8 million in assistance. James oversees and manages all aging service-related programs ad-ministered through SWODA , including: 1. Older American Act pro-grams, providing noon meals five days per week to those 60 years and older. 2. Information Assistance. 3. Ombudsman Long Term Care volunteer program. 4. Caregiver services. 5. Outreach to seniors. Serving Southwest Oklahoma for 28 Years 6. Temporary/Emergency in-home assistance. 7. Medication management. 8. Health promotion and disease prevention. 9. Legal services. 10. Advantage Medicaid case management in-home care for older and disabled citizens. 11. Community Enhancement of Nutrition Assistance (CENA). 12. Masonic Charities funding, serving those 55 and older with assistance not covered by other programs. 13. Medicare Part D prescription drug assistance. “I have enjoyed working at SWODA because I like working for and with the organizations and people in southwestern Oklahoma to help improve the quality of life and economic future of the people in the eight southwest counties served by SWODA. I believe in the philosophy and purpose for which SWODA exists and have been glad to be able to contribute in some way to improve conditions in the area,” said James. Service and Achievements: James has served on committees and received awards, both too numerous to mention. His service and achievements include: Lifetime Achievement in Aging Award and citation from the Oklahoma State Legislature. Governor Fallin’s Commendation for years of assisting Silver Haired Legislature Alumni Association. Award for leadership, dedication, and commitment to serving minority elderly. Member and past Chairman of Oklahoma Association of Area Agencies on Aging, O4A. Served two terms as board member of National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, N4A, representing Aging network in the five state federal region VI (Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana). Was a charter member of the Oklahoma State Council on Aging. Was board member of the Southwest Society on Aging. Served as member of the federal Administration on Aging, AoA, and Oklahoma Department of Human Services OKDHS, Aging Services task forces to develop the National Aging Program Information System. Gave testimony at the first AoA Public Hearing in Denver, Colorado. Served on OKDHS Aging Services Quality Assurance Task Force. Was a member and treasurer of the Oklahoma Task Force on Minority Aging. Participated on the National Judicial College and American Bar Associations needs of the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities committee. Completed instruction at University of North Texas Center for Studies in Aging Long-Term Care Systems Building Institute. Business Administration degree, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
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SWODA (South Western Oklahoma Development Authority)
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|Title||SWODA speaks, 3rd qtr 2012|
South Western Oklahoma Development Authority.
|Purpose||Serving Southwest Oklahoma for 28 Years by Latia Murray [James Boyd]; Rural Fire Defense Places Equipment; Take Heed in the Heat;|
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