FSU Social Work Chair Chosen for 2009 Leadership Academy in Aging
Dr. Terri Moore-Brown, chair of the Fayetteville State University (FSU) Department of Social Work, was among 12 deans and director of university social work programs accepted for the 2009 Leadership Academy in Aging. Now in its second year, the Academy is a nationwide, year-long executive training series for social work administrators to build their leadership skills in the field of aging care.
The Leadership Academy will kick off later this fall in San Antonio with the first of four in-person workshops on topics including management, leadership development, legislative outreach, media relations, community development, fundraising, and faculty relations. Additionally, each participant is required to develop a plan to introduce the aging agenda into their work and school.
A number of the projects initiated by the Academy’s inaugural class are already making waves in the aging care field. The department chair of the social work department at Binghamton University of New York, for example, has launched a gerontology institute at the university, in partnership with Upstate Medical University and local community aging services providers, to promote aging care research and training. The dean of the social work school at Springfield College is planning to host a first-ever conference on aging for the Western Massachusetts region.
The Leadership Academy in Aging is part of an ambitious, multi-year strategy led by Social Work Leadership Institute (SWLI) and supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation to grow the workforce of social workers who specialize in aging. The SWLI of The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) is a national program that supports healthy aging by ensuring that America’s older adults receive the care they need to stay independent and in charge of their lives — and that their caregivers also get the support they deserve. SWLI’s goals are to grow the workforce of social workers who specialize in aging and to improve long-term, community-based care for older adults so health and social services are more comprehensive, better linked, and easier to access.
NYAM has been advancing the health of people in cities since 1847. An independent organization, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to innovative research, education, community engagement and policy leadership. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; and to implement interventions that eliminate health disparities.
Founded in 1929, the John A. Hartford Foundation is a committed champion of training, research and service system innovations that promote the health and independence of America’s older adults. Through its grant making, the Foundation seeks to strengthen the nation’s capacity to provide effective, affordable care to this rapidly increasing older population by educating ― aging-prepared, health professionals (physicians, nurses, social workers), and developing innovations that improve and better integrate health and supportive services. The Foundation was established by John A. Hartford. Mr. Hartford and his brother, George L. Hartford, both former chief executives of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, left the bulk of their estates to the Foundation upon their deaths in the 1950s. Additional information about the Foundation and it programs is available at www.jhartfound.org.
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