Recognition and Impact Through Effective Communications

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Upcoming Deadlines
Research & News
Funding Opportunities

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Upcoming Deadlines

August 2, 2010: Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program Application Deadline
August 31, 2010: Deadline for early bird registration rate for CSWE APM Meeting
September 1, 2010: Deadline for early bird registration for the Gerontological Society of America's Annual Meeting

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Dr. Marilyn Luptak Receives 2010 Mary Shields McPhee Award for Faculty Excellence
Dr. Marilyn Luptak, a Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work and an assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work, was awarded the 2010 Mary Shields McPhee Memorial Award for Faculty Excellence. The annual award recognizes faculty who excel in the area of teaching, research, or community service. Jannah Mather, dean of the College of Social Work, presented the award to Luptak during the College's spring convocation ceremony, saying, "Through her words and actions, she consistently models the core values of social work - recognizing individual worth and the importance of relationships, striving for the greatest integrity, and working toward social justice through service. Her extensive research and clinical experience help make her a tremendous resource to her students." Dr. Luptak has just begun a two-year grant funded initiative to bring about a graduate level emphasis on aging at the University of Utah. For more about the University of Utah's Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program, click here.

Hartford Awardee Competing in Pepsi Refresh Project to Train Older Adults on Computers
Brian Maloney, Hartford Geriatric SW Pre-Dissertation Award recipient, has started a non-profit organization to provide computer tutors to older adults who are unable to leave their homes or do not feel comfortable with public or group learning venues. Brian is also proposing a new initiative to involve college students as computer tutors through a local competition. The initiative, creating Bama Tailgate Computer Tutor Technology Challenge, is in the running for the Pepsi Refresh Project, which is a philanthropic program that accepts 1,000 new project ideas each month and awards over thirty $50,000 grants at the end of each month based on the number of public votes for each project. If successful in receiving the most votes, the organization would receive a grant to launch the project. You can find out more about the Bama Tailgate Computer Tutor Technology Challenge and even cast your vote for it by visiting (voting ends July 31st).

International Conference on Positive Aging Accepting Submissions
The 4th Annual International Conference on Positive Aging is accepting conference submissions “that are innovative, experiential, and involve active engagement in supporting greater understanding of what it means to age well” through August 1, 2010. Held in Los Angeles, CA from December 7-10, 2010, the theme of this year’s conference is Exploring Positive Aging: Designing Practice and Advancing Knowledge. For more information visit the conference website at: or email

Profiles in Social Work
This month's Profile in Social Work features Anissa Rogers, PhD, University of Portland. As a Faculty Scholar (Cohort VII), and a Gero-Ed grant recipient, Dr. Rogers' profile titled Find What's Missing: the Social Work Piece of the Puzzle, relates her journey into geriatric social work. To read more Profiles in Social Work, check out the archives.

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Research & News

Upload Your Video to the GSWI YouTube Group
The Geriatric Social Work Initiative has a YouTube page focusing on Social Work and Aging. You are invited to share your own videos on the relationship between social work and aging. We welcome video submissions of any type - presentations, commentary, or interview style. Upload your video to YouTube and submit it to the GSWI group. If you have questions about uploading your video, contact Sara Halperin, Hartford Program Assistant at

YouTube Elder Abuse Video Message Raises Awareness
Suzzan Iao, a college student enrolled at San Francisco State University interested in studying gerontology, recently created a very compelling elder abuse awareness video for her “Community Organizing and Community Building for Health” class. Iao explains, “The assignment was an action project that aims towards active contribution for the community, such as volunteering and acknowledging issues.... I hope that this video can serve its purpose and spread its message.” Visit YouTube to view and access the Stop Elder Abuse video clip. This article originally published in the June edition of the NCEA Newsletter. A Service of the New Social Worker and NASW
Connect with other social workers online! The New Social Worker magazine and the National Association of Social Workers have teamed up with the Social Work Forum to bring you, an online community of social workers offering twice-weekly online real-time chats on a variety of topics. The chats are held on Sunday and Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and last about an hour. Susan Mankita is the manager of Registration is free! Check regularly for chat topics or sign up for e-mail reminders. Go to to register and participate in the chats and other features of the site. Upcoming chat topics follow:
July 18--Investigating Child Abuse
July 20--Bibliotherapy
July 25--Public Speaking for Social Workers

Using Facebook to Engage Students
The Department of Gerontology in the School of Allied Health at Virginia Commonwealth University has developed a programmatic service learning model that focuses on career development through gerontological content, service learning experiences, and individually-tailored student advising sessions. With over 100 gerontology-related groups on Facebook, including academic programs, councils, institutes and honor societies, Tracey Gendron, MSG, instructor and clinical coordinator at VCU, argues that this online networking site is a great tool for professional networking, sharing events, sending out updates, information, and discussion of newsworthy topics on both a local and national level. To find out more about engaging students with Facebook, read the latest issue of AGHExchange, the newsletter of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. The original article is featured on page 13.

Kaiser Family Foundation Covers International AIDS Conference
The International AIDS Society (IAS) and the Kaiser Family Foundation will provide worldwide online access to the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) taking place in Vienna, Austria, July 18-23, 2010. Kaiser is the official webcaster for AIDS 2010, providing daily coverage of conference developments on its website,

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Funding Opportunities

New Funding Opportunities from NIH
The National Institute of Health has a number of grant opportunities, which include, but are not limited to the following:

Four Institutes of the National Institutes of Health joined together to solicit applications designed to study mechanisms and management of critical illness and injury, including trauma and neurotrama, in aging. Following are two grant opportunities related to Critical Illness and Injury in Aging:

1. Mechanistic, Observational, or Interventional Investigations - Deadline: October 5, 2010
The type of investigation may be mechanistic, observational or interventional. Proposals that utilize existing datasets, such as from large observational studies or clinical trials, are acceptable and animal studies are appropriate when human studies are not feasible. Deadline: October 5, 2010.

2. Age-Related Structural and Functional Changes and Treatment - Deadline: November 5, 2010
Recently, there have been important advances in the evaluation and management of critical illnesses and injuries. However, the relationship of critical care and aging remains understudied. The treatment of critical illnesses of elders is frequently simply an extension of the treatments applied to younger adult populations. Given the age-related structural and functional changes associated with age, it is probable that such changes influence that presentation and treatment of illnesses of the elderly. Proposed studies may be mechanistic, observational or interventional in nature. Deadline: November 5, 2010.

For a more complete listing on the NIH funding available for aging-related research, please click here.

Administration on Aging Funding
The Administration on Aging also has a number of grant opportunities. They include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Health Care Fraud Prevention Program Expansion and SMP Capacity Building Grants
2. Strengthening the Aging Network: An Opportunity for Training and Evaluation
3. Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Making it Easier for Individuals to Navigate their Health and Long-Term Care through Person-Centered Systems of Information, Counseling and Access

For a more complete listing on the AoA funding available for aging-related research, please click here.

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Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiative Publicity Kit
As the start of the academic year looms on the horizon and the conference season starts to ramp up, be sure to check out the Hartford Publicity kit for all the essentials needed to prepare for presentations and scientific poster sessions. The kit is specifically designed for use by Harford Faculty Scholars and Doctoral Fellows and has been updated to include the latest logos, color palettes, PowerPoint templates, press release guides, and boilerplate language for journal acknowledgements. The Publicity Kit can be found here on our website and can also downloaded in PDF format.

BandwidthOnline Offers Free Recorded Webinars on Messaging and Presentations offers two previously recorded webinars from John Beilenson regarding relaying your message in a condensed time period, effectively communicating your research, and wowing others with your presentations. Message What You Preach (on building your message) and From Zero to Wow in 60 Minutes (on presenting your message) are both available to watch online. The BandwidthOnline site also provides additional resources such as advice on publicizing an event, creating professional print materials, and putting together an effective scientific poster.

NASW Needs Your Input Regarding Standards for Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults
The National Association of Social Workers is developing Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults, and needs your help in ensuring that the standards are relevant to current practice. Please review the standards and provide feedback using the information below.

The public comment period ends at 11 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on August 8, 2010. Please consider the following questions as you review the standards:

  1. How applicable are the standards to social workers across practice levels, professional roles, and practice settings?
  2. How relevant are the standards to the experiences and needs of family caregivers of older adults?
  3. Are the standards easy to understand? Are there any concepts that need to be clarified?

Development of the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults is part of Professional Partners Supporting Family Caregivers, an initiative done in partnership with the AARP Foundation, the Family Caregiver Alliance, and the National Association of Social Workers, and made possible by funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation. Download the standards for review: here; submit your comments: here.

Updated Medicaid Primer Explains Basic Components of Medicaid and the Program’s Role in Health Reform
The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated Medicaid: A Primer, which provides an overview of the basic components of Medicaid, the nation's largest health coverage program. Medicaid covers nearly 60 million low-income individuals, including children and families, people with disabilities and seniors who are also covered by Medicare. The primer explains how the program is currently structured, who it covers, what services it provides, how much it costs and how it is jointly financed by the federal government and the states. In light of the new health reform law, the primer also examines how Medicaid will change and expand as it serves as the mechanism to provide coverage to millions of previously uninsured low-income adults and children. Also available is an updated two-page fact sheet about the Medicaid program.

Administration on Aging Brings You Widgets and E-Cards
Do you know what percent of older adults exercise regularly? You can find out by accessing AoA’s widget at The code of the widget is easily accessible so you can also post AoA’s aging statistics widget to your website.

Would you like to send an e-card with nutrition tips to a friend or family member? AoA’s e-cards feature quick tips on healthy eating and are also available on AoA’s social media page The e-cards also offer links to nutrition information on other websites.

Additional Resources
The US Census Bureau updated its International Database as of June 2010, adding data for 28 countries, including data by age groups up to 100 and over. You can access this database here:

The United States National Center for Health Statistics has released data for 2009: National Health Interview Survey, Data and Documentation.

The Population Reference Bureau has released an article on Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Old-Age Disability in the U.S.

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NPR Reports on Caregiver Discrimination in the Workplace
On June 10, 2010, National Public Radio aired a story on caregiver discrimination in the workplace, reporting that there is "no federal law that bans workplace discrimination against parents or people who care for elderly or disabled family members."  Regardless, the number of lawsuits by employees who allege that they were discriminated against because of their caregiving responsibilities has grown in the past decade.  In part as a result, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued guidance on how to combat caregiver discrimination and how employers can treat their employees fairly and avoid such lawsuits.  For more information, please read or listen to the original article at NPR's website.

HRSA Personal and Home Care Aide State Training Program
The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) announced the Personal and Home Care Aide State Training Program. The program aims to establish a "gold standard" for the training of personal and home care aides and will award grants to up to six states to develop core training competencies and certification programs for this workforce. Learn more.

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new website,, to help consumers take control of their own health care. The site offers the first central database of health coverage options, combining information about public programs, from Medicare to the new Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan, with information from more than 1,000 private insurance plans. “ helps consumers take control of their health care and make the choices that are right for them, by putting the power of information at their fingertips,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  “For too long, the insurance market has been confusing and hard to navigate. makes it easy for consumers and small businesses to compare health insurance plans in both the public and the private sector and find other important health care information.

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