Age-Friendly San Diego

``An Age-Friendly San Diego is within reach.``

The Beginning

Initiated by WHO

Aging Friendly San DiegoThe World Health Organization launched a world-wide initiative to create Age-Friendly Communities. Nationally, AARP spearheads the effort as Livable Communities. The City of San Diego joined the network in 2018.

Older Adults are the fastest growing segment of our population. Services, systems, and communities need to adjust to meet the changing needs of an aging society.

What Changed

Social Policy Institute is working in partnership with the City of San Diego, The San Diego Foundation, and AARP to engage the community in transformative change.

In The End

To date, Social Policy Institute has spearheaded the following to solicit feedback and engage the community in the process:

• City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department Staff Survey
• City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Community Interest Survey
• Age-Friendly San Diego Community Survey
• Policy Scan
• Eight Age-Friendly San Diego Listening Sessions
• COVID-19 Older Adult Survey
• Nine Age-Friendly San Diego Action Planning Sessions
• Key Informant Interviews
• Draft Age Friendly San Diego Action Plan

For more information about Age-Friendly Communities, contact Brenda Bothel-Hammond via email:

Social Policy Institute


SPI's Executive Leadership brings subject matter expertise in their respective fields as well as a combined track record for innovation and quality.

Steve Hornberger

Steve Hornberger is the Co-Director of the Social Policy Institute (SPI) since 2014 administering a number of statewide contracts.

Lori Clarke

As Co-Director, Lori brings innovation and excellence to design/development and facilitation of insight and action.

Stories of Success

What Our Partners Say

Elizabeth Estes

“The Social Policy Institute’s Director, Steve Hornberger, has been an integral part of Breaking Barriers development and implementation. The Social Policy Institute team has brought excellence and innovation to support Breaking Barriers’ work across systems to increase and enhance the well-being of California’s children and youth.”

Elizabeth Estes

Founder, Breaking Barriers
Robin Jenkins

“San Diego State University’s Social Policy Institute has been a highly valued partner for the State of California and an array of organizations seeking to effectively translate evidence-supported science into well-designed public policies for broad social benefits. One example is through our National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives and SDSU collaborations. As well, SPI’s work with county-level Prevention teams and their articulation of best practices with and for Child Abuse Prevention Councils across the state of California has been impressive.”

Robin Jenkins

Associate Director, The Impact Center, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill
Dr. Rachelle Benson

“The entire team at the Social Policy Institute brought subject matter expertise and cultural humility to the revision and redesign of our Faith-based and Behavioral Health Training Academy! Our trainers appreciated the validation for what they already know and can do; coaching to raise their game to a higher level of performance; and the high-quality, evidence-based materials.”

Dr. Rachelle Benson

Vice President, Stepping Higher Inc.

Age-Friendly San Diego Posts & Resources

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