Doug Carl has been working in the field of Aging/Human Services for over 25 years. His experience involves nonprofit, private, and government sectors. His body of work and community leadership has been recognized by both the Georgia State Legislature and Georgia Equality, Georgia’s largest statewide LGBT advocacy group.
In October 2011, Doug became one of twenty-five trainers in the country to be certified in the National Resource Center for LGBT Aging Cultural Competency curriculum. His work in the LGBT community spans 20+ years and has maintained an emphasis on equality and education initiatives. In 2003, he led an employee initiative to secure Domestic Partnership benefits on behalf of Fulton County Government, Georgia. In 2011, Doug was instrumental in forming the first and only LGBT program targeting older adults in Georgia; SAGE Atlanta. He continues to bring awareness to the unique challenges facing LGBT older adults through training and advocacy around the State. Doug earned his BS with a Specialization in Gerontology at West Virginia University and currently resides in Avondale Estates, Georgia.
Favorite Training Experience: On September 18 through the 20th in 20012, I had the privilege of conducting a training with the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services-Division of Survey & Certification Fall Training-Region IV. This was an opportunity to bring the Level I Aging Services Provider training to a group of nearly 70 professionals within the States Medicare/Medicaid network. The group was enthusiastic from the beginning to the end of the training. Several personal and professional stories/perspectives were shared that enhanced each of the training activities. The level of awareness to the challenges and barriers facing LGBT elders was not only acknowledged but led many to adopt the role as an LGBT ally within the Medicare/Medicaid system. The energy of the group and their openness to learn was most memorable. This was a very positive and powerful training experience for me.