Hartford Award for Research and Practice

The Hartford Award for Research and Practice (HARP) program provides support for OHSU faculty research and practice change projects aimed at improving the health and health care of older people in Oregon and beyond. This research funding is to support pilot studies to assess feasibility, collect preliminary data to support an external grant application, or implement a process improvement initiative. The HARP program's core values include innovation, accountability for outcomes, and sustainable programs of research or practice improvements.

This one-year, small grant program is aimed at early career investigators, but all applications will be considered. We have two OHSU faculty calls: 

School of Nursing HARP - Example of Call for Proposal 2021
Interprofessional HARP - Example of Call for Proposals 2021

We have funding opportunity announcements in the spring, with funding beginning in September of the same year.

There is also funding for doctoral candidates whose focus is on the health and healthcare of older adults and who are in the final stages of completing dissertation research.

Hartford Award for Research and Practice for Ph.D. students - read more

The School of Nursing-HARP (SON-HARP)

All applicants must have a clinical or research doctorate. The SON–HARP is for SON faculty only.

The Interprofessional HARP (IP-HARP)

The IP-HARP is available to all OHSU faculty who hold a clinical or research doctorate. This includes those with appointments at the Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, and Medicine; and the College of Pharmacy. For the IP-HARP, if the proposed Principal Investigator holds a primary appointment outside of the SON, there must be a Co-Investigator from the SON. The IP-HARP has a team-based science approach and an interprofessional research team is a requirement of this award.

2021 Awardees

IP HARP to Eriko Onishi

The Interprofessional Hartford Award for Research and Practice (IP HARP) program aims to improve the health and health care of older adults through research and innovations in care by providing support for OHSU faculty research and process improvement initiatives.

This year, an IP HARP was granted to fund the "Developing an Inclusive Advance Care Planning Training Model for Interprofessional Primary Care Teams” project. The principal investigator, Eriko Onishi, M.D., M.C.R., C.M.D, is join by co-investigators, Seiko Izumi, Ph.D., R.N., F.P.C.N.; Sumathi Devarajan, M.D., C.M.D. and Harry Krulewitch, M.D., M.P.H. who complete the interprofessional research team that is a requirement of this award.

The aims of this project are to develop and pilot test an inclusive Advance Care Planning (ACP) training program that enables interprofessional primary care teams, including learners from various disciplines, to learn to facilitate high quality ACP conversations with older adult patients from diverse backgrounds. The project will be an expansion of a larger grant from the Cambia Health Foundation and will increase the number of providers and learners who are trained in high quality ACP conversations and, hopefully, help promote and sustain the structured ACP model as routine practice in an ambulatory setting.

Onishi HARP team
IP HARP investigators clockwise from top left: Eriko Onishi, M.D., M.C.R., C.M.D, Harry Krulewitch, M.D., M.P.H.; Sumathi Devarajan, M.D., C.M.D. and Seiko Izumi, Ph.D., R.N., F.P.C.N.
Ross_Amy 2020

SON HARP to Amy Ross

During the COVID 19 pandemic, many of you have found benefit to your physical and mental health through spending time in nature. For those who may not be able to venture outside due to the chronic effects of chemotherapy, radiation or other cancer treatments, Amy Ross, Ph.D, R.N., C.N.S., and her research team have developed a complementary therapy.

The pilot study, “Feasibility of substitution of virtual reality greenspace and volatile organic compound humidification to simulate the forest experience effects on immune system recovery”, will be funded for $25,000. The anticipated outcome will to be to “standardize procedures for main effects analysis of the simulated forest exposure intervention for use in future study” (Ross, AM. (2021).). It is a novel study of a simulated forest exposure therapy intervention using virtual reality and humidified volatile organic compounds. In this case, they will test phytoncides from wood essential oils which have been shown to induce human natural killer cells. (Tsao, et al. Health effects of a forest environment on natural killer cells in humans: an observational pilot study Oncotarget. 2018;9(23):16501-16511. doi:10.18632/oncotarget.24741).

Dr. Ross also received the Sigma, Beta Psi Chapter, Naomi Ballard Research Award for her innovative proposal.

2020 awardees

Congratulations to Drs. Hansen and Olvera Alvarez!

Two HARPs were granted in 2020 to fund a multi-institutional project that will add to the body of knowledge around end-of-life and the preferences of individuals in various Hispanic sub-groups. With these projects, preliminary data will be gathered to reassess the role of cultural factors in "advance directive" use among three generations of Hispanics of Mexican origin in Oregon and Texas.

They are uniquely designed as a collaboration between OHSU School of Nursing (SON) and University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) SON. The research, “Cultural beliefs of End-of-Life decision process of undergraduate nursing students and their parents and grandparents: A comparative study of two U.S. regions”, will measure end-of-life preferences and demographic-cultural factors of "advance directive" use among undergraduate-nursing students, their parents, and grandparents in Portland, Oregon and El Paso, Texas. The results will be compared by site and ethnicity (e.g., Hispanic vs. non-Hispanic Whites) to help identify potential intervention targets to be evaluated in future R-level funding and to further our knowledge of culturally appropriate, quality care for older adults.

Additionally, they will assess the feasibility of systemically engaging undergraduate nursing students from both universities in end-of-life research.

PROJECT 1, whose Principal Investigator (PI) is Lissi Hansen, Ph.D., R.N., will be based at OHSU SON and recruit from our students and their families.

PROJECT 2 will recruit SON students, and their families, at UTEP. Hector Olvera Alvarez, Ph.D., P.E., Sr. Associate Dean of Research and director of the Ph.D. program here at our OHSU School of Nursing is PI and will share responsibilities with Co-PI Guillermina Solis, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.N.P., G.N.P.-C., Assistant Professor and director of the FNP concentration at UTEP SON.

HARP 2020 PIs
HARP 2020 PIs (from left to right) Lissi Hansen, Ph.D., R.N,; Hector Olvera Alvarez, Ph.D., P.E.; Guillermina Solis, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.N.P., G.N.P.-C.

OHSU Foundation endowment

The Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence - Price Quasi Endowment was entrusted to the Hartford Center at OHSU by the OHSU Foundation in 2013. At the time, the Principal Gifts Office explained the Foundation's Board of Trustees awarded the entire Frances Price endowment to the Hartford Center "based upon our superb history of quality gerontological nursing students and talented faculty, combined with the national profile of the HCGE and the long-time generous support from The John A. Hartford Foundation."

We have funded fifteen studies over the past seven years on wide-ranging topics including symptombiology in heart failure, fall prevention, oral health clinical training, and dyadic research with multi-generational family members. Since 2014, we have awarded $398,408.