About the Speakers

Joan IlardoJoan Ilardo, PhD, LMSW

Director of Research Initiatives | Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Joan Ilardo, PhD, LMSW, is the director of Research Initiatives at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the principal investigator/executive director of the Partners in Aging Strategies and Training. The newly formed collaborative is developing and implementing strategies to promote patient-provider partnership that incorporate community-based, nationally recognized evidence-based patient and caregiver education. Dr. Ilardo also serves as an active member of several statewide coalitions addressing patient self-management of chronic diseases and as commissioner on the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging.