Ann McLaughlin in November joined The Green House Project as a project coach.
McLaughlin is a licensed nursing home administrator with a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. She has worked in several eldercare communities in Minnesota and as a researcher probing racial disparities in the long-term care system.
“Everyone deserves to age with dignity,” McLaughlin said. “It is a personal goal to do everything I can to make that possible.”
McLaughlin was previously a Health and Aging Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), where she wrote legislation and advised the Congresswoman’s staff on key policy issues. Her long-term care experience in Minnesota included a position as an artist-in-residence at The Waters of Highland Park in St. Paul, where she lived for six months while giving harp performances and developing music and exercise programming for elders.
At the Green House Project, McLaughlin will help elder care organizations develop new Green House communities and implement culture-change programs across the country. She will also provide insights into structural and policy reforms needed to foster transformative change in the industry.
“We’re at a key inflection point in nursing home reform after the COVID-19 tragedy,” said Senior Director Susan Ryan. “Ann will play a vital role as we work to break down the barriers to new and empowering models of care across the country and the world.”
McLaughlin holds a doctor of musical arts degree and a master of music degree from the University of Illinois; she also received a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of North Texas.