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Hartford grants increase support for geriatric social work training
Date:5/3/2010

The prestigious Hartford Doctoral Fellows and Hartford Faculty Scholars programs have awarded $800,000 in combined new grants to ten 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 194 individuals have received grants to date.

The 2010 fellows and scholars are examining such topics as advance care planning, Chinese American Alzheimer's family caregivers, and gender and racial disparities in cost-related medication non-adherence.

The GSWI collaborates 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 four new distinguished doctoral students. Each recipient receives a $50,000 dissertation grant plus $20,000 in matching support from their home institutions, which enables the awardees to concentrate fully on their dissertation research projects over the next two years.

Fellows also receive supplemental academic career guidance and mentoring, as well as professional development to help them successfully launch an academic career in gerontology and social work. James Lubben, DSW, MPH, of Boston College directs the national program co
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Contact: Todd Kluss
tkluss@geron.org
202-587-2839
The Gerontological Society of America
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