Linda Kendall Fields is a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina School of Social Work in Chapel Hill and special projects facilitator for NC Money Follows the Person, a state project that helps Medicaid-eligible North Carolinians who live in inpatient facilities move into their own homes and communities with supports. She has dedicated over 35 years to building communities that are responsive to the needs and contributions of older adults, people with disabilities and families in Minnesota, Oregon, Ohio, Georgia and North Carolina. During her career, Linda has led numerous government, health care and nonprofit initiatives aimed at supporting individuals and families living in the community and transitioning to the community from long-term care facilities. In her capacity at UNC-Chapel Hill, she has been facilitating the statewide Rethinking Guardianship initiative since 2016 and assists the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services in improving workforce training and implementing the Dementia Capable North Carolina Strategic Plan.
Degrees and LicensesBachelor of Arts, Luther College in Decorah, IA
Master of Education, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN
Primary ProgramUNC Cares
Research and Professional InterestsFacilitating Systems Change to Enable Greater Self Determination for Vulnerable Adults of All Ages
Adult Guardianship Reform and Less Restrictive Alternatives to Guardianship
Aging and Adult Services Workforce Training
Transitions from Licensed Facilities to Community Living
Creating Dementia Capable Communities
Rethinking Guardianship North Carolina, Project Director
NC Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) Workforce Training Project, Program Coordinator
Dementia Capable North Carolina, Assisting NC DAAS Dementia Services Coordinator
Kendall Fields, Linda. (2019). Spotlight on North Carolina: Rethinking guardianship. Bifocal, 40(5).
Kendall Fields, L., Climo, A., Salmon, M. A., & McMahon, J. (2020). Report on rethinking guardianship: A person-centered approach. N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities. https://nccdd.org/images/article/initiatives/Rethinking_Guardianship_A_Person-Centered_Approach_Report_Final.pdf
Kendall Fields, L., Salmon, M. A.., Marsh, S., Climo, A., Norris, T., & Nelson, G. (2018). Rethinking guardianship: Building a case for less restrictive alternatives. N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities. https://nccdd.org/images/article/initiatives/Rethinking_Guardianship_Year_3_And_Final_Report.pdf
Presentations, Workshops and MediaSpeaker: "Rethinking Guardianship." North Carolina Bar Association, Elder Law and Special Needs Conference, February 21, 2019
Subject Matter Expert: WRAL Investigative News Report on Adult Guardianship in North Carolina, November 2019.