Interprofessional HARP awarded to Dr. Miranda Lim

Congratulations to Miranda Lim, M.D., Ph.D. who will serve as Principal Investigator on the 2019 Interprofessional Hartford Award for Research and Practice (IP-HARP), “Tunable White Light Technology for Elders (TWLITE): a pilot study”. This study will test an innovative light technology with healthy older adults to see if it will improve daytime alertness and nighttime sleep, compared to the subject's native home lighting system. This one year, $25,000 grant is evidence of the team-based science the IP-HARP is intended to advance.

Dr. Lim is Assistant Professor in the OHSU School of Medicine, Department of Neurology and Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, and Staff Physician at the VA Portland Health Care System Sleep Disorders Clinic.

For this pilot study, she will team up with Co-Investigators (Co-Is) from the OHSU Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center and Oregon Center for Aging and Technology (ORCATECH), the OHSU School of Nursing, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

More about the Co-Is on the IP team

In addition to serving as Co-I on this grant, Jeffrey Kaye, M.D., will be a senior mentor and provide expertise in home-based sensing and monitoring among older adults. He is Director of the Layton Center and Layton Endowed Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering at OHSU.

He is also PI on the ORCATECH Living Laboratory where the “Life Lab” home assessment platform will be used to get the objective measures of sleep required for this study. Leveraging these data collection resources is a valuable asset to this study that will facilitate recruitment and, hopefully, translate into outcomes that improve the health and wellness of older adults.

Kristianna B. Weymann, Ph.D., R.N. is Clinical Assistant Professor at the OHSU SON and recently completed a VA Nursing Postdoctoral Research Fellowship studying sleep disorders with Dr. Lim. "Kris" noted this study potentially, “advances our understanding of the effects of sleep on the elderly by evaluating a home-­based sleep intervention on symptoms and functional outcomes”. As a former John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Nursing Capacity Predoctoral Scholar, she brings a wealth of geriatric nursing expertise to the team. 

Andrea Wilkerson, Ph.D. is a Lighting Engineer and member of the Advanced Lighting Team at PNNL. She will provide expertise in architectural lighting and guidance on the dosing, timing, duration, and delivery of the home lighting intervention in this study. PNNL’s support will contribute significantly to the success of this project and we look forward to future collaborations!

Our Interprofessional HARP is offered annually to all OHSU faculty, including those in the Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, and Medicine, and the College of Pharmacy.

The Hartford Center is honored to steward the HARP program made possible through an endowment by the Frances Price Estate. 

DNP Hearst Endowed Scholars for 2020

Our Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence awarded three new recipients of The Hearst Foundations’ Endowed Scholarship for AY 2019-20. Please join us in congratulating , Lisa Pusateri, Priya Keane, and Allison Miles who are all in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program.

Lisa plans to be a leader in the improvement of cancer care and recognizes that cancer treatment can be more challenging and complicated for older adults. Her DNP project will investigate risk assessment tools that identify febrile neutropenia patients that are stable enough to be treated as an outpatient. Her ultimate goal is to create urgent care protocols that help patients avoid unnecessary ED visits.

Priya is planning her DNP project on improving palliative care referrals for patients with advanced or metastatic cancer. Her long-term goal is to participate in an intensive palliative care fellowship for advanced practice providers in Alaska.

Dr. Benjamin Schultze, Assistant Professor and Director of the AGACNP program, wrote, “[Allison] is held in high esteem by not only her peers, but [also] her professors due to her robust academic performance.” Allison’s DNP project plans to investigate provider perspectives' on care guidelines for neutropenic patients.

As our population ages it becomes vital that nurses, the largest segment of the nation’s health care system, be trained and competent in the care of older adults. These three outstanding nurses exemplify the passion and compassion, professionalism, dedication to excellence, and critical thought required of our next generation of nurse leaders.

Since 2002, almost $480,000 has been awarded to 72 graduate students who are preparing to become the next generation of advanced practice nurses in the field of geriatrics. The HCGE is honored to steward this significant endowment.

2020 Hearst Scholars Lisa Pusateri, Priya Keane, and Allison Miles
2020 Hearst Scholars Lisa Pusateri, Priya Keane and Allison Miles

Skip-generation research

MinKyoung Song, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P., F.A.H.A., is the 2019 recipient of the Hartford Award for Research and Practice (HARP). Congratulations to her and her team on this one year, $25,000 grant.  This study, "An Intergenerational Approach to Addressing Cardiovascular Health Risk among Grandchildren who Live with their Custodial Grandparents", is designed to build upon previous findings that targeted “skipped-generation” households as an extremely important, but largely under-investigated, demographic group. A skipped-generation household is one where grandparent(s) are raising their grandchildren without the aid of a parent.

Dr. Song is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU School of Nursing. “As a behavioral scientist and epidemiologist, [her] research is organized around investigating the benefits of healthy behaviors… to prevent and enhance the management of chronic disease (Retrieved from )”. 

Mentorship in research

For this study, Dr. Song will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of researchers:

Co-Investigator, Kerri Winters-Stone, Ph.D., F.A.C.S.M., is a Distinguished Professor in the OHSU SON and the Co-Program Leader for Cancer Prevention and Control at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Dr. Winters-Stone will work closely with Dr. Song on the design and execution of this randomized control trial and maintain a rigorous study protocol.

Karen Lyons, Ph.D., F.G.S.A., will serve as a consultant for the study. Dr. Lyons is an Associate Professor in the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College and will provide input on assessing grandparent caregiver/grandchild dyadic relationships, family functioning, and caregiver/caregiving characteristics.

By sharing their expertise and serving as role models, the mentorship provided to Dr. Song, an early-career scientist, is sure to benefit her and her future research. Team-based science is one thing, but team-based mentorship is an extra-added benefit!

MinKyoung Song, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P., F.A.H.A.

Mary Medysky awarded Ph.D. HARP

Mary Medysky
Mary Medysky

We are pleased to announce Mary Medysky as the 2018 recipient of the Hartford Award for Research and Practice (HARP) for Ph.D. students. This award helps support select students in the final stages of their dissertation and will help Mary complete and disseminate her research.

Mary's dissertation topic, "Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of Yoga Therapy to Mitigate Functional Declines in Lung Cancer Survivors", is both innovative and relevant as there is insufficient research on yoga's ability to mitigate functional declines in lung cancer patients.

2018 HARP for SON faculty

Kiyoshi Teo_Hirokp HARP
Hiroko Kiyoshi Teo, Ph.D., R.N.

Hiroko Kiyoshi-Teo, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor in the School of Nursing at OHSU, received Hartford Award for Research and Practice (HARP) funding for a one year study on "Fall Prevention in Community-Based Care Facilities: An academic-community partnership". This pilot project addressed two risk factors associated with falls: the relationship between medications and falls, and the relationship between nutrition and falls. Taking an interprofessional approach to falls prevention, built upon existing community-academic partnerships, has potential to strengthen those relationships while addressing two significant falls risk factors: polypharmacy and nutrition.

2018 IP - HARP

Allison Lindauer, Ph.D., N.P., is an Assistant Professor at the Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center, where she is also the Director of Outreach, Recruitment, and Education. She is also a nationally-certified gerontological nurse practitioner. This Interprofessional Hartford Award for Research and Practice (IP - HARP) is an example of the IP - HARP's intention for team- science. Dr. Lindauer, Principal Investigator on the award, teamed up with co-investigators Deb Messecar, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., from the School of Nursing, and Andrew Natonson, M.D., from the School of Medicine. In conjunction with the Oregon Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Network, they provided technology-based mentoring for primary care providers across Oregon. The overarching goal of this interprofessional improvement project was to reduce barriers to diagnosis and care for patients and families living with Alzheimer's Disease or a related dementia (ADRD), especially those in rural or under-served areas.

Hearst Endowed Scholar named for AY 2018-19

Hearst Endowed Scholar
Carly Hernandez Kadell

Our Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence is proud to announce our recipient of The Hearst Foundations' Endowed Scholarship for AY 2018-19. Please join us in congratulating Carly Hernandez Kadell (pictured left), who is in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, 

When Carly heard about her award she wrote, "I am truly honored to be the recipient of this scholarship, and couldn't be more excited to embark on the next phase of my education - that of the DNP. Thank you for investing in my future success." She has strategically placed herself in a Medicare-funded, home health clinic, working with a geriatric PMHNP to implement a suicide-screening tool for her DNP project.

As our population ages it becomes vital that nurses, the largest segment of the nation's health care system, be trained and competent in the care of older adults.

The Hearst Endowed Scholarship, awarded for the DNP year, covers the cost of tuition, fees, and stipend up to a maximum of $15,000. The Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence is honored to steward this vital scholarship. Since 2002, $353,865 has been awarded from this endowment to 58 graduate students preparing to become advanced practice nurses in the field of geriatrics.

Michaelson Geriatric Endowed Scholarships awarded

Michaelson Geriatric Endowed Scholarships Awarded
Allison Miles, Lisa Pusateri, and Nathan Samuel

Congratulations to Master of Nursing students Allison Miles, Lisa Pusateri, and Nathan Samuel who are the recipients of the Michaelson Geriatric Endowed Scholarship for AY 2018-19. They are all enrolled in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.

Allison is dedicated to a nursing career caring for adult oncology patients. She is pursuing an advanced practice nursing degree to care for patients on a "holistic level… addressing patient education and treatment preferences" and to be an advocate for patients with complex care needs.

Lisa also practices nursing in adult oncology and as she continues her education she aspires to lead in the improvement of older adult cancer care. She has an understanding of the complexity of co-morbidities and social determinants of health and how they play a role in patient's goals, education, and home support.

With gratitude for the financial aid, Nathan wrote, "I take this support with the utmost seriousness and want to reemphasize my dedication to following through with the strong commitment to gerontological care..." Nathan recognizes the necessity of care planning and utilizing patient-centered strategies when caring for some of our most vulnerable and unique people. He has aspirations for leadership, research, and quality improvement.

The Phyllis J. Michaelson Scholarship Fund in Gerontological Nursing was established in 1996 by Jerry Michaelson. It was created to support students enrolled in graduate nursing programs of the School of Nursing at Oregon Health Sciences University with a gerontological nursing specialty. The Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence is honored to steward this endowed scholarship.

2017 Awards

Ph.D. student HARP awardees

Congratulations to Wafaa BinAli and Maggie Rising, 2017 recipients of our Hartford Center's Ph.D. Candidate - Hartford Award for Research and Practice (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.

Faculty HARP awardees

Martha Driessnack, Ph.D., P.P.C.N.P.-B.C. and Richie Kohli, B.D.S., M.S. 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.

Hartford Center awards three Hearst Foundations' scholarships

The Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence at OHSU is proud to announce three new recipients of The Hearst Foundations' Endowed Scholarship for AY 2017-18. Please join us in congratulating Capella Crowfoot Lapham who is in the Family Nurse Practitioner D.N.P. program and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner DNP students, Callie Sockler and Christine Lasich. Through their D.N.P. clinical residencies and quality improvement projects they feel confident they can influence practice and policy environments that affect the health and/or health care of older adults.

Miranda Lim, M.D., Ph.D.
Miranda Lim, M.D., Ph.D., 2019 HARP recipient