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Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness Receives Multiple Grants

Senior Citizen WelnessNew federal and state awards are boosting Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness (CEACW) programs to aid the elderly in dealing with chronic disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

CEACW received a second year of funding from the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Community Living and Prevention and Public Health Fund programs to provide technical assistance and evaluation for the statewide Chronic Disease Self-Management Education project.

The Center also received a one-year fully funded extension to its existing five-year grant from the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) for Healthy Hearts, a program which is part of the agency’s efforts to reduce premature death and disability from cardiovascular disease. CEACW also received a grant renewable for up to five years from NYSDOH and the federal Centers for Disease Control to manage the National Diabetes Prevention Program, Chronic Disease Self-management Program, and Diabetes Self-Management Program (in both English and Spanish) components of New York State’s recently funded "State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health."

Center for Human Services Research Receives Three New Grants

The Center for Human Service Research (CHSR) recently received federal, New York State, and the City of Albany School grants to support programs to ameliorate juvenile delinquency, create a needs assessment tool for a program addressing the unique health and support needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, and support community learning centers.

CHSR was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to conduct an evaluability assessment of the Youth and Police Initiative, a program of the North American Family Institute that aims to reduce delinquency and violence among at-risk youth and establish police legitimacy in the youth community. CHSR Senior Research Scientist Brad Watts is the principal investigator (PI) and Heather Washington, assistant professor in UAlbany’s School of Criminal Justice, is the co-principal investigator (co-PI).

The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities awarded CHSR a grant to conduct a validation study of its new Coordinated Assessment System as a needs assessment tool. Watts is PI and CHSR Research Scientist Sandra McGinnis co-PI.

CHSR also received a City School District of Albany grant to support the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Senior Research Scientist Ken Robin is the PI.

Challenge Grant from Charitable Foundation Supports Social Worker Training

School of Social Welfare GraduatesThis summer SSW received a $10,000 grant Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation – half of it in the form of a challenge grant – to continue its mission to train social workers to care for a burgeoning aging population. The School’s Internships in Aging Project (IAP) is a program designed to address the shortage of trained social workers who work with the aging. In October, with the generosity of SSW donors, the Alumni Endowed Scholarship was fully endowed and each year will advance the education and career aspirations of a UAlbany MSW student.

By the year 2015, almost 20 percent of New York State residents will be 60 years or older, with social workers on the front lines of providing care to the aging. According to the National Institute on Aging, the U.S. will require 70,000 social workers who specialize in aging by 2020, a 43 percent increase from 1987.

In addition, there are 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease nationally; by 2050, it is estimated that number will climb to 16 million. Paralleling that dramatic increase will be the need for specialized health, mental health, and social services for people with dementia, challenging the service delivery system.

“This grant helps inspire and leverage new matching funds to further advance our treasured IAP Scholarship Program,” said School of Social Welfare Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson.

The scholarship recipient will be chosen based on high academic achievement in year one of the MSW graduate program and demonstrated leadership in gerontology. In the second or advanced year of the MSW program, the student will be required to participate with approximately 12-15 other selected students with stipends in the Internships in Aging Project.

“Our foundation recognizes the growing need for trained social work professionals to work with the aging. We hope that others in our community will also support the IAP program and this alumni scholarship,” said TSB Charitable Foundation Executive Director Leslie A. Cheu.

“The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation is exceptionally generous. In addition to their $5,000 grant, they provided a $5,000 matching challenge to encourage IAP alumni and supporters to contribute to the endowment. The result will be improved services to older persons in the Capital District,” said Anne E. Fortune, IAP director and associate dean of the UAlbany School of Social Welfare.

The Internships in Aging Project at UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare was developed in 1999 with initial funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation. SSW was one of six graduate schools selected by the Hartford Foundation to develop an innovative model of graduate education for preparing gerontological social workers. The innovative IAP program offers students an integrated, in-depth educational experience that provides a solid foundation of social work skills and a specialization in aging.

Lani Jones Receives Grant to Inspire Inner City Youth

Lani JonesSSW Associate Professor Lani Jones has received a grant from Knowledge Works, a national organization providing innovative tools, training and assistance to school leaders, teachers and community stakeholders. Dr. Jones will work with an action team to connect Albany Youth to educational and/or employment opportunities that will inspire them to meet their goals and dreams to achieve competitive skills necessary for the 21st Century. Her grant, Opportunity Youth Network, is part of the SUNY Chancellor's work with Albany Promise, a cradle-to-career initiative for children and families in the City of Albany’s Arbor Hill, West Hill, and South End neighborhoods.