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Hartford Program issues geriatric social work awards, forms VA partnership
Date:6/2/2011

The prestigious Hartford Faculty Scholars Program has granted 11 geriatric social work researchers a two-year award that will provide career development, mentorship, and support for projects that will improve healthy outcomes for the country's aging population. A new dimension to the awards this year is a partnership with the Veterans Health Administration (VA).

Four of the current awardees are PhD-level social workers from the VA who will be focusing on applied research on older veterans and their caregivers. Over the two-year period of the award, the VA will support the scholar to work on their proposed research study.

The program is funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and administered by The Gerontological Society of America as a component of the nationwide Geriatric Social Work Initiative, which seeks to expand the training of social workers in order to improve the health and well being of older people and their families. A total of 117 scholars to date have received awards.

"After participating in this program, our hope for our Hartford scholars is that they become exemplars of successful leadership in gerontological social work and applied research, and that they serve as inspirations, guides, and mentors for other social workers interested in similar career trajectories," said National Program Director Barbara Berkman, DSW, PhD.

The 2011 scholars are examining such topics as therapies for post traumatic stress disorder in aging Vietnam War veterans, resident-to-resident aggression in nursing homes, patterns of service use for older adults with mental health disorders, care transition experiences of veterans, and non-drug based approaches for pain management.

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Contact: Todd Kluss
tkluss@geron.org
202-587-2839
The Gerontological Society of America
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