June 2, 2016 marks my two year anniversary as Director of your Hartford Center. I am so very grateful for everyone's help and support –you have all been so welcoming and inclusive. We all have a lot to be proud of!
We had our final John A. Hartford Foundation "site" visit in April in the form of a webinar with the three other western Centers (University of Utah, Arizona State University, and University of California-San Francisco).We were given a brief amount of time to report on the accomplishments of our Center, in our case 15 years. We were also invited to feature a student. Lyndsey Miller, PhD, BA, RN, who recently defended her dissertation, represented our Center well! She talked about her journey from undergraduate to PhD student and included the mentorship she has received from faculty members Karen Lyons and Chris Lee. We think of our accomplishments as the legacy of mentoring and collaboration that our founding director, Pat Archbold, first started.
Some selected highlights of our Center's accomplishments include:
- We have sponsored and mentored 20 BAGNC and Patricia G. Archbold pre-doctoral scholars and five Claire M. Fagin post-doctoral fellows.
- A Hearst Foundations Endowment has supported 55 masters and DNP students in focusing on the care of older adults and their families. This support is ongoing.
- The Frances Price - Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence Quasi Endowment fund supports the faculty and PhD student Hartford Award for Research and Practice (HARP) program. To date, three faculty pilot grants and three small awards to support the final phase of dissertation research have been awarded. This support is also ongoing.
- 16 PhD students are currently enrolled with an interest in aging;18 have graduated.
- 43 School of Nursing faculty from all six campuses are affiliated with the Center.
- The undergraduate Gerontological Nursing Honors Program continues to grow and thrive. Our thanks to Julie Cartwright, Lois Miller, and Ruth Tadesse! To date,11 students have graduated with Gerontology Honors, 15 are enrolled, and 23 faculty have served as volunteer mentors from all six of our campuses and undergraduate programs. Three will graduate this spring and we are presently reviewing applications for next year.
- We have a small grant from NLN to evaluate the undergraduate Nicaragua international service learning experience from the perspective of the students and the people in Nicaragua our students and faculty interact with. Corey Nagel, Hartford Center Associate Director and Fagin Fellow, traveled there with Angela Spencer to complete the data collection.Stay tuned for those results!
. …and I could go on and on!
Our John A Hartford Foundation funding ended December 31, 2015, with a small no cost extension until June 30, 2016. Last year, we did strategic planning and, as some of you know, are proposing the Center continue as an interprofessional collaborative. We look forward to, what we are calling for now, the Aging Well Collaborative, as being inclusive of the 96,000 square miles of OHSU.
I am honored and humbled to serve as your Center Director and look forward to the next steps! I so appreciate all each of you do in support of the Center. Many thanks.
All my best,
Patricia (Pat) Berry, PhD, RN, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN
Director, Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence at OHSU
School of Nursing
Oregon Health and Science University
Mail Code: SN-6S
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Road
Portland, Oregon 97239