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Hartford grants increase support for geriatric social work training
Date:6/17/2009

The prestigious Hartford Doctoral Fellows and Hartford Faculty Scholars programs today awarded over $1.25 million in combined new grants to eleven researchers in the field of geriatric social work.

Both programs funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and administered by The Gerontological Society of America are components of the nationwide Geriatric Social Work Initiative (GSWI), which seeks to expand the training of social workers in order to improve the health and well being of older people and their families. Over 180 individuals have received grants to date.

The 2009 fellows and scholars are examining such topics as case management collaboration; addressing the spiritual needs of older adults; social resources and their influence on health outcomes; and volunteerism among bereaved spouses.

Many recent reports (most notably the Institute of Medicine's 2008 "Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce") state that America faces a shortage of providers with the knowledge and skills to adequately care for its rapidly increasing over-65 population.

The GSWI addresses this concern by collaborating with social work programs, organizations, and other funders around the country to meet the demand for social workers with training in geriatrics. These professionals help people understand and choose from an array of available health and social services.

The Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program welcomes two new distinguished doctoral students. Each recipient receives a $50,000 dissertation grant plus $20,000 in matching support from their home institutions, which
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Contact: Todd Kluss
tkluss@geron.org
202-587-2839
The Gerontological Society of America
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