Health and Wellness in Aging Populations
The Health and Wellness in Aging Populations Transdisciplinary Core addresses problems of older and disabled adults “aging in place” within low-income senior housing apartment buildings and surrounding neighborhoods in urban Richmond, Virginia. Many of the issues impacting the health and welfare of this primarily African-American population are related to social determinants of health and health disparities.
Enhancing the daily social and health aspects of older adults
This core focuses on the development of an interprofessional education and collaborative care practice model providing enhanced care coordination, education, medication and chronic disease counseling within senior apartment buildings in Richmond.
Transdisciplinary core team
- Alan Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A.
- Seymour and Ruth Perlin Professor of Medicine and Health Administration and Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care, Department of Dental Public Health and Policy, Philips Institute for Oral Health Research, School of Dentistry and Division of Epidemiology, School of Medicine
Dow is responsible for aligning the core’s interprofessional education and collaborative practice within the context of the university’s broader initiatives. He brings expertise in interprofessional education and primary care to the work of the core.
- E. Marshall Brooks, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Population Health, School of Medicine
Brooks brings expertise in the areas of medical anthropology, mental health, substance use, primary care and program evaluation, as well as qualitative and ethnographic research methods.
- Elizabeth Prom-Wormley, M.P.H., Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, School of Medicine
Prom-Wormley brings expertise in the areas of genetic epidemiology of smoking as well as family history within a community-engaged setting. As a member of this iCubed core, she will focus on the analysis of survey data from older adults living in the East End of Richmond.
- Elvin T. Price, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
- Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science, School of Pharmacy
Price will focus on personalized medicine and pharmacogenetics research within underserved populations. He is a clinician scientist with interests in improving the pharmacotherapeutic outcomes associated with treating chronic diseases in older adults.
- Faika Zanjani, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor, Department of Gerontology, College of Health Professions
Zanjani will focus on research development and evidence-based community programing within gerontological, public health, and behavioral health principles. She brings expertise in human development, health behaviors, mental health/substance misuse, and community intervention research contexts to the existing work of the core.
- Jane Chung, Ph.D., RN
- Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, VCU School of Nursing
Chung brings expertise in the areas of health informatics, minority aging and community-based prevention research. She is a gerontechnologist with interests in the use of information technologies to improve functional health outcomes and promote healthy aging in older adults.
- Lana Sargent, Ph.D., M.S.N., RN, FNP-C, GNP-BC
- Assistant Professor, Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, School of Nursing
Sargent will focus on research to improve physical function and cognitive health outcomes for underserved older adults. As a clinician scientist and former NIH/NIA fellow she brings clinical expertise and unique skills in supervised machine learning and bioinformatics.
- Marissa K. Mackiewicz, RN, CNS, Ph.D.
- Post-doctoral Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy
Mackiewicz, brings expertise in the areas of geriatrics with a concentration on community based, multi-disciplinary care-coordination with low-income, urban dwelling older adults. Under the mentorship of Dr. Price, she will focus on improving overall wellness and health outcomes for older adult populations in the community setting as well as increasing the awareness, knowledge and use of pharmcogenetic research in underserved populations.
- Pam Parsons, Ph.D., RN, GNP-BC
- Associate Dean for Office of Practice and Community Engagement and Associate Professor, Judith B. Collins and Joseph M. Teefey Distinguished Professor, Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, School of Nursing
Parsons is responsible for leading the overall team effort. She brings expertise in primary care, interprofessional team development and geriatrics to the work of the core.
- Tracey Gendron, M.S., Ph.D.
- Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Gerontology, College of Health Professions
Gendron is responsible for ensuring the application of gerontological principles in the core’s education and service-delivery activities. She brings expertise in gerontology, psychology, optimal aging and community-based programs to the work of the core.
- Ana Diallo, Ph.D., MPH, RN, BA
- Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, School of Nursing
Diallo's doctoral research focused on the management of infectious diseases through healthcare providers’ prescribing behaviors and exploring alternative approach to support a faster, cheaper and more precise technology to detected infectious pathogens at the point-of-need. As a nurse scientist and former clinical and translational post-doctoral fellow at the NIH, Diallo will bring expertise to the core in translational science, community-based research development and data management.
- Jodi Winship, Ph.D., OTR/L
- Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Health Professions
Winship brings expertise in community-engaged research and qualitative methodologies. Her research focuses on interprofessional, community-based interventions to support health, wellness, and functional independence in low-income older adult populations. As an occupational therapist, she is interested in the emerging field of OT in primary care and ways that occupation-centered goal setting can support behavior change.
- Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff, Ph.D., RN, FGSA
- Associate Professor, Senior Nurse Researcher, Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems; Department of Neurology; School of Nursing
Pretzer-Aboff's research focuses on the development of interventions that improve function and optimize the independence of people with Parkinson’s disease. She has developed and tested community exercise programs and efficacy-based function focused care programs for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families.
- Kimberly Battle, Ph.D., FNP-BC
- Clinical Assistant Professor, Family and Community Health Nursing
As a new faculty member, Battle's research is evolving to explore the concept of resilience in marginalized populations promoting health equity by addressing Social Determinants of Health. Battle is interested in developing and evaluating interprofessional education models.
- Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung, Ph.D.
- Director of Evaluation and Assessment, Center on Health Disparities & Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Policy, School of Medicine
Hung brings expertise in the areas of needs assessment, program evaluation, and health disparities research. She is an AARP project evaluator.
- Kathie Hendricks Falls, MSN, RN, ANP-BC
- Director of Clinical Operations, Richmond Health and Wellness Program Practice and Community Engagement & Clinical Instructor, Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, School of Nursing
Falls brings her expertise in adult care for chronic disease management, transitions of care, and social determinants of health to this interprofessional group. Her scholarship has focused on understanding food insecurity as a way to address chronic disease management and improve quality of life. Falls works directly with students teaching about the life experience of low-income older adults and how that impacts health outcomes throughout a continuum of care.
- Leland "Bert" Waters, M.S., Ph.D.
- Associate Director, Virginia Center on Aging, College of Health Professions
Dr. Waters serves as Associate Director for the Virginia Geriatric Education Center's Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), which funds initiatives for core team members. Dr. Waters' research interests include geriatrics workforce development, geriatrics education, health promotion, and wellness.
- Melissa Cisewski
- AARP Project Coordinator and Graduate Student, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs & School of Nursing
Melissa Cisewski is the AARP Project Coordinator. She is currently a graduate student at the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs pursuing a master's degree in Public Administration.
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