Mary Medysky
Mary Medysky

Mary Medysky awarded Ph.D. HARP

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.

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

2018 HARP

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
Carly Hernandez Kadell

Hearst Endowed Scholar Named for AY 2018-19

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
Allison Miles, Lisa Pusateri, and Nathan Samuel

Michaelson Geriatric Endowed Scholarships awarded

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 PhD HARP awardees

Congratulations to Wafaa BinAli and Maggie Rising, 2017 recipients of our Hartford Center's PhD 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.

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.

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 DNP program and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner DNP students, Callie Sockler and Christine Lasich. Through their DNP 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.