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Welcome to the Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence at OHSU

In order to meet the complex health care needs of a growing older adult population in Oregon and across the Pacific Northwest, we at the Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence have over sixteen years of accomplishments toward meeting the our goal to increase the geriatric expertise of providers, faculty and students put forth by the John A. Hartford Foundation.


Congratulations to Basilia Basin

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Basilia Basin, B.S., R.N.-B.C., clinical nurse, educator, and leader, successfully defended her dissertation in September. It is titled,"The influence of pets on older adults' decision-making: A grounded theory study";  it is an innovative, important, and rarely studied topic. She has been heartened by the interprofessional interest in her topic at regional and national forums and is "dedicated to the lives of older adults, elevating the nursing profession, and leading the way in Human-Animal Interaction research of older adults."

Basilia plans to publish and present findings from her dissertation and to propose a revision to the OHSU pet-visitation policy to liberalize pet visitation for hospitalized patients.

Our Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence sponsored Basilia's Jonas Center grant. She also received the Doctoral - Hartford Award for Research and Practice and the Naomi Ballard Research Award.

Basilia's Dissertation Committee was composed of Dr. Kristin Lutz (Chair), Dr. Pat Berry, Dr. Seiko Izumi and Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello.

2017 PhD HARP Awardees!

Congratulations to Wafaa BinAli and Maggie Rising, 2017 recipients of our Hartford Center's PhD Candidate - Hartford Award for Research andPractice (HARP). They will both receive $1,000 to use toward the completion of their dissertations.

The focus of Wafaa's research has great potential for enhancing how nurses care for persons with acute kidney injury by addressing nurses' perceptions of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) practice in the ICU.

Maggie's dissertation, "Hospice Decision Making in Mexican Americans with Terminal Cancer", takes an approach that is critical to understanding the unique needs of individuals at the end of life.

Join us in offering them both continued progress on their dissertation research.

2017 Faculty HARP Awardees!

Martha Driessnack, PhD, PPCNP-BC and Richie Kohli, BDS, MS are the 2017 recipients of our Hartford Center's Faculty - Hartford Award for Research and Practice (HARP). 

Dr.Driessnack's practice-change project, "Intergenerational relationships and family lore: Moving from knowledge creation to knowledge use", will include clinical sites in Portland and La Grande. Using the "Aware-Adopt-Adapt Knowledge Transfer Model" as a guiding framework for implementation, the short-term focus is on identifying provider-related factors that affect reach (conceptual use) and uptake (instrumental use).

Dr.Kohli is the first recipient of the Interprofessional Faculty HARP. This pilot study will establish an interprofessional training program for nurses at OHSU to screen the oral health of their patients and improve nursing personnel's ability to appropriately make a referral to a dentist. An interprofessional research team is a requirement of this award and there must be a Co-Investigator (Co-I) from the School of Nursing. Paula Gubrud-Howe, EdD, RN will serve as Co-I.

Congratulations to them all!