Six social services delegates visited Chicago from Shanghai, China from July 12–17, 2014 as part of Chicago Sister Cities International’s ongoing social services exchanges. Their visit focused on learning about Chicago’s social services practices for aging populations and sharing their best practices in these fields.
As part of the exchange, the 2014 Chicago-Shanghai Social Service Exchange presented the conference Shanghai and Chicago Elder Services: Similarities and Differences on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 9 a.m.–12 noon at The John Marshall Law School.
The delegates shared best practices in the field of social services supports for aging populations. They discussed their week’s experience in Chicago, which included several site visits and discussions with local professionals. The conference featured an introductory panel, an academic panel, and a panel discussion with the distinguished Shanghainese delegates—what they learned from Chicago’s models, and what they can teach Chicago about their models.
Participating delegates from Shanghai included:
- Mr. Chen Yuebin, Chief, Old-Age Work Division, Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau
- Ms. Chu Beilin, Director, Shanghai No. 4 Elderly Home
- Ms. Kang Qi, Chief, Community Service Section, Shanghai Development Center for Old-age Programs
- Ms. Lu Yue, Interpreter, Shanghai International Exchange Center for Social Welfare
- Dr. Sun, Ying, Professor, East China University of Political Science and Law, and Secretary General of the Sino- American Research Center for an Aging Population
- Mr. Wang Weimin, Section Chief, Social Welfare Division, Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau