Gretchen E. Alkema, PhD, LCSW

by Rachad Davis

March 24, 2017

Vice President, Policy and Communications,
The SCAN Foundation

Gretchen E. Alkema, Ph.D., LCSW, serves as Vice President of Policy and Communications for The SCAN Foundation.  The SCAN Foundation’s mission is to advance a coordinated and easily navigated system of high-quality services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence.  It is one of the largest foundations focused entirely on improving the quality of health and life for older Americans.

Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the 2008-09 John Heinz/Health and Aging Policy Fellow and an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, serving in the office of Senator Blanche L. Lincoln (D-AR).  She advised Senator Lincoln on aging, health, mental health, and long-term care policy during the 2009 health care reform debate.

Dr. Alkema holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology and was awarded the John A. Hartford Doctoral Fellow in Geriatric Social Work and AARP Scholars Program Award.  Dr. Alkema also earned a master’s in social work with a specialist in aging certificate from the University of Michigan.  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she practiced in government and non-profit settings including community mental health, care management, adult day health care, residential care, and post-acute rehabilitation.