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Maggie Ratnayake, executive director of Lori’s Hands,addresses the history and mission of Lori’s Hands, the value and impacts of intergenerational service-learning programs, and approaches to evaluating program impacts.
On this episode of First State Insights, Maggie Ratnayake, executive director of Lori’s Hands, speaks with Julia O'Hanlon, policy scientist at the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration (IPA), about service-learning models to support older adults and promote mutually beneficial experiences. This May 6, 2022 interview addresses the history and mission of Lori’s Hands, the value and impacts of intergenerational service-learning programs, and approaches to evaluating program impacts.
Established in Newark, Delaware, in 2009, Lori’s Hands builds mutually beneficial partnerships between community members with chronic illness and college students, fostering empathy, connection, and resilience.
As a policy scientist at IPA, Julia O'Hanlon leads research and public service programs focused on health policy, including an ongoing focus on senior center programming and aging in place.
Opening and closing music: "I Dunno" by Grapes, used under Creative Commons 3.0 License.
Tune to First State Insights for information, perspectives, and analysis—"IPA"—on public policy, management, and community and economic development in Delaware. In the coming weeks, expect interviews across multiple sectors from business people, brewers, and entrepreneurs to urban planners, environmentalists, educators, and caregivers.
Visit IPA's SoundCloud page to see a full list of episodes, or search for "First State Insights" to listen wherever you get your podcasts.
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