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Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness Awarded New Grants to Improve Health Outcomes for Older Adults

Two new grants have been awarded to the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness (CEACW) to improve health outcomes of older adults.

A grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is funding a program to help individuals with high blood pressure. The program, which also receives support from the NYS Healthy Hearts Program, is piloting a hybrid self-management/patient education evidence-informed intervention for persons with high blood pressure as a next step in developing an evidence base for treatment.

The other grant, from the U.S. Administration on Community Living received by the New York State Office for the Aging, is funding the development of a New York State integrated and sustainable infrastructure for evidence-based self-management education programs. CEACW will operate a Quality and Technical Assistance Center and evaluate the project.

Housed in the School of Social Welfare, CEACW is a comprehensive collaborative Center at UAlbany involved in community-engaged research, teaching and service to improve the health outcomes of older adults and people managing chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes/pre-diabetes, arthritis, and obesity.

The Center promotes the adoption of effective, innovative practices and policies that address the needs of aging persons, their families and caregivers with an emphasis on vulnerable and oppressed populations. It works to develop the infrastructure that helps older adults and persons with disabilities to remain in their homes and communities. Another major focus is on improving the delivery and sustainability of evidence-based approaches addressing key aging and health concerns.

The Center was the recipient of a Presidential Award for Exemplary Community Engagement, given in recognition of the Center’s multi-faceted approach over the last eight years. Its engaged research is informed by the prevention and accountable care focus of the Affordable Care Act, the Multiple Chronic Conditions Framework, and the holistic approach to chronic conditions advocated by Wagner’s Chronic Care Model that together are changing the way health systems and departments are approaching the health of the nation. Involving community members and partners in designing needed innovative solutions to realize improved health care delivery is key.

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