Elyse Salend

Elyse Salend

Program Officer, Sojourns
Elyse Salend is a program officer for the Cambia Health Foundation’s Sojourns Program, which strategically targets improving palliative care services for those with serious chronic illness. She manages projects and initiatives regionally and nationally that improve quality care, including co directing the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program.

Prior to joining the Cambia Health Foundation, Ms. Salend served as a program officer for the Archstone Foundation and managed their end-of-life initiative. For 23 years she worked at UCLA’s Division of Geriatric Medicine in program development, research and evaluation and was co-editor of The Washington Post Writers Group syndicated column “On Aging.” She also served as Executive Director of the Mystic Valley Area Agency on Aging/Home Care Corporation providing services and planning to older persons in seven cities and towns outside of Boston. She has authored publications and books including: A Consumer’s Guide to Growing Older. She has years of experience developing innovative programs in aging and health care to improve the lives of older persons. Elyse currently serves on the Board of Jewish Family Services and the California Council on Geriatric and Gerontology. She was a member of the planning committee for Grantmakers in Aging. She also is a board member and treasurer of the Los Aging Foundation.

In 2019, she joined the APHSW-C board to advance palliative and hospice social work certification. She received a bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University and a master’s degree in Social Work from New York University in community organizing and planning.