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Joy Toliver
Title: Program Analyst
Office(s): Office of Strategic Extramural Programs (OSEP)
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Joy Toliver, M.P.H, joined NIA’s Office of Strategic Extramural Programs as a Program Analyst in January 2020. In this role, Joy develops, implements, and evaluates diversity programs and initiatives for NIA’s Small Business Programs. She coordinates NIA participation in the NIH Applicant Assistance Program and collaborates with stakeholders to promote NIA Small Business Programs and initiatives in effort to build a pipeline of aging researchers and entrepreneurs from unique and underrepresented backgrounds. Joy co-leads the development and implementation of entrepreneur and investor initiatives aimed to support NIA small business research awardees, for which she works closely with NIA Entrepreneurs-in-Residence to develop educational, coaching, and showcase opportunities to help support and accelerate NIA-funded start-ups developing science-driven technologies that promote healthy aging and address aging-related diseases and conditions.

Prior to joining NIA, Joy served in various leadership roles in senior housing and geriatric care management. She completed her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Internship Award for her research project titled “Aging and Homelessness.” Joy developed a survey tool to assess Baltimore City homeless shelters and presented recommendations to address shelter accessibility, reasonable accommodations, and services that meet the unique needs of older adults experiencing homelessness. Her interests include minority health disparities, long-term care access and quality, and dementia care practice.

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