American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry-Strategic Thinking

Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2020 Mar;28(3):257-273. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2019.11.002. Epub 2019 Nov 13.


Never has there been a more pressing time for the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) to articulate a unified strategy to meet the challenges of our aging world. To this end, this report summarizes an AAGP leadership meeting that reviewed the results from a recent membership survey and launched a strategic planning process on behalf of AAGP members and stakeholders. This meeting was the first step in drafting a blueprint for the future that may serve as our guide in the context of finite resources to meet the infinitely complex and growing need for education, research, public advocacy, and clinical practice support. The following report serves to invite our valued colleagues to provide feedback and actively participate in defining our mission. Among the outcomes of the planning session, the following aspirations were identified by the participants 1) assert the AAGP as the "go to" organization for all things related to geriatric mental health, 2) prioritize activities that enhance the inclusivity/diversity of membership, and 3) collaborate across disciplines focused on geriatric mental health. From this initial framework, the group developed four general themes to guide AAGP's strategic future: 1) collaboration, 2) advocacy, 3) inclusivity, 4) high purpose. Inclusivity was further defined as encompassing growth, return on investment, and workforce development. Higher purpose was further defined as encompassing engagement, purpose, branding, communication, and expertise. The AAGP affirmed its commitment to serving the needs of its members and widening its scope of impact in view of staggering demands for better access to geriatric mental healthcare.

Keywords: Strategic thinking.

MeSH terms

  • Geriatric Psychiatry / trends*
  • Humans
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Societies, Medical*
  • Strategic Planning*