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.
Our Center has benefitted from a great deal of philanthropic support through a close relationship with the OHSU Foundation. Their efforts have allowed us to support students and faculty pilot research, the latter of which enriches the School's environment of research and discovery. Two endowments, listed below, ensure that support of students and research related to care of older adults is ongoing. We all have a lot to be proud of!
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 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.
- Thirteen PhD students are currently enrolled with an interest in aging; 33 have graduated.
- Forty-three 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, 14 students have graduated with Gerontology Honors, 11 are enrolled, and 23 faculty have served as volunteer mentors from all six of our campuses and undergraduate programs.
- 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. 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 Excellence at OHSU
School of Nursing
Oregon Health and Science University
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Portland, Oregon 97239