Louise Plouffe, is Senior Technical Officer in the Ageing and Life Course Programme, World Health Organization where she coordinates the development of a Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide in collaboration with partners in over 30 cities worldwide. She also is managing a WHO initiative to improve the visibility and inclusion of older persons in planning for humanitarian emergencies.
Dr. Plouffe was seconded to WHO from the Public Health Agency of Canada, where she worked for several years managing research for the Division of Aging and Seniors and coordinating the Division's collaboration with the gerontology research community. Her international work included multilateral projects on aging and health involving countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and the Pan-American Health Organization. She has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aging since 2000. Dr. Plouffe also has served on the Executive Board of the Canadian Association on Gerontology.
Born in Noranda, Quebec, Canada, she holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, Canada (1983). Prior to joining the Public Service of Canada in 1989, Dr. Plouffe taught gerontology at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. Her interest in aging began in 1977 when she worked as a psychometrist in the psychogeriatric unit of a mental hospital.