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Feb. 20 — Nursing professor serves as panelist for Alzheimer’s Association event
Fawn Cothran, an assistant professor for the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was a panelist for “Black Women and Dementia: Two Sides of the Story,” a virtual discussion led by the Alzheimer’s Association. The one-hour moderated panel discussion focused on the dementia realms that frequently impact Black women. Black women are diagnosed with dementia at disproportionately higher rates than white women. They also frequently take on the role as lead caregiver in many Black families, carrying the responsibility for all aspects of care for a family member diagnosed with dementia. Fawn addressed the impact of caregiver stress on mental and physical wellness for Black women serving as dementia caregivers. Another panelist, physician Anafidelia Tavares, shared the impact of health disparities and other factors resulting in higher rates of dementia in Black women. The online event was sponsored by the Capitol City Black Nurses Association, the Bay Area Black Nurses Association, Inc., and the Rho Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Feb. 8 — Family Caregiving Institute releases study of state caregiver center expansion
A team of researchers from the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis is providing research support for a $30 million project to expand and improve California’s 11 Caregiver Resource Centers. Heather M. Young, associate director for strategic partnerships at the institute; Janice Bell, institute faculty; and Jennifer Mongoven, administrative director; recently completed their first-year study exploring how technology can help the centers provide caregivers with better, more targeted services. The team reported that the first year of the project was successfully implemented, even with the pandemic, which forced the implementation to go remote immediately. In assessing the data already gathered, the team discovered that caregivers are younger with many in the sandwich generation of caring for parents and children. Heather recently provided an interview with the Family Caregiver Alliance to share the results of the report and discuss future implications.
Jan. 6 — Disruption to Transformation: Aging in the ‘New Normal’
Terri Harvath, senior director for strategic initiatives and director for the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, pens a column in the January issue of the Gerontology Association of America’s January issue of the newsletter, “Gerontology Today,” calling for continued work toward innovative solutions to provide equitable care for older adults and other vulnerable populations. January marked the start of her term as president of the national association.
Nov. 19 — UC Davis Facebook Live to feature Family Caregiving Institute director
In a normal year, the holidays are a time to gather with family and friends. But 2020 isn’t a normal year and elderly people are especially at risk from COVID-19. How can we safely mark the holidays while supporting older relatives and their family caregivers? UC Davis offers a Facebook Live discussion at 11 a.m. Nov. 19 to discuss these issues. Terri Harvath, senior director for strategic initiatives and director for the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is one of two UC Davis experts who will discuss holiday safety during the pandemic. Natascha Tuznik, an assistant clinical professor in the UC Davis Health Department of Internal Medicine, is the other featured expert. She is an infectious disease specialist and former hospitalist who specializes in general infectious diseases and infection control practices. The conversation begins at 11 a.m. Nov. 19 on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Questions can be submitted via Facebook and Twitter either in advance or during the show.
Oct. 2 — AARP collaboration releases six new caregiving videos
The Home Alone Alliance, a collaboration led by AARP, recently released six new videos supporting family caregivers. The series, developed in part by leaders in the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, is funded by RRF Foundation for Aging. The Home Alone Alliance, which first launched in 2016, provides resources for caregivers performing complex nursing tasks, including the how-to videos and resource guides on everything from preparing special diets to wound care to managing medications. Six new videos were recently added to the collection and topics include using oxygen equipment, using a nebulizer, using a mechanical lift for transfers, managing home infusion and more. The vides run about 5 to 10 minutes each and are available on the Home Alone Alliance website.
Sept. 28 — Alumna’s article detailing tool to asses caregiver readiness garners recognition
An article by Michelle Camicia, a 2018 graduate of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis doctoral program, and a team of nursing faculty, was recently recognized by two organizations for the authors’ scientific contributions. The article, ”Development of an Instrument to Assess Stroke Caregivers’ Readiness for the Transition Home,” was originally published online in January 2019 in Rehabilitation Nursing, a journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN). It was recently published in the September-October print version of the journal. Following the print publication, ARN noted the article was one of three hot topic articles for the issue and was featured in an ARN Newswise research alert. In the first week that it was published, the alert generated more than 11,000 hits and it appeared at the top of the news on Google News in searches related to instruments and stroke. The article highlights Michelle’s research to develop a measure to assess stroke caregivers’ commitment and capacity to assume the caregiving role prior to patients’ discharge. Other contributing authors included Barbara Lutz of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington School of Nursing along with UC Davis School of Nursing faculty Terri Harvath, Katherine Kim and Jill Joseph. The article was selected for the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) 2020 Stroke Article of the Year. Michelle is the director of the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo. The center supports those recovering from stroke, brain or spinal cord injury.
July 15 — Nursing faculty pens editorial with international team examining nursing home staffing during pandemic
Elena O. Siegel, an associate professor and associate director for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship Program for Nurse Leaders and Innovators at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, collaborated with an international team of 22 long-term care experts to write the editorial, “Uncovering the Devaluation of Nursing Home Staff During COVID-19: Are We Fueling the Next Health Care Crisis?” in the July edition of the Journal of Post-acute and Long-term Care Medicine (JAMDA). The editorial outlines the need to better protect the frail, older adults living in nursing homes, along with their family members and the staff providing care. Elena’s international collaborations stem back to 2010, when she joined a group leading a series of conferences focused on registered nurses in long term care. In 2016, the group expanded and established a new, international consortium, Worldwide Elements To Harmonize Research In long-term care liVing Environments (WE-THRIVE). The WE-THRIVE goal is to develop an international long-term care research infrastructure that supports person-centered and directed care and quality. Elena serves in three key WE-THRIVE leadership roles: steering committee member, chair of the External and Organizational Context sub-committee and co-convener of Systems Research in Long-Term Care, a Gerontological Society of America (GSA) special interest group.
May 26 — Nursing professor publishes article exploring pandemic’s impact on policy
Heather M. Young, nursing professor and internationally recognized expert on aging issues, recently published an article in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing summarizing significant federal and state policy changes in response to COVID-19 to improve health care access for older adults. The article, “COVID-19 Pandemic Spurs Policy Changes Benefiting Older Adults,” highlights the need for policy changes to meet new demands of health systems due to the pandemic. Specifically, the article explores the need to permanently increase older adults’ access to health care through advanced practice nurses and nurses. Heather wrote the article with several other recognized gerontological experts, including Winifred Quinn, Andrea Brassard, Claudio Gualtieri and Susan Reinhard.
May 13 — Nursing professor contributes to American Heart Association Scientific Statement
Julie Bidwell, an assistant professor with the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, worked with a multidisciplinary research team to develop an American Heart Association Scientific Statement on family caregiving in heart failure. The statement, “Family Caregiving for Individuals with Heart Failure: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association,” was published in the association’s journal, Circulation. According to an associatian news release, the statement presents an overview of the challenges faced by unpaid family members who are caregivers for people with heart failure. The statement calls for health care providers to be more inclusive of caregivers when working with heart failure patients.
April 8 — Nursing professor pens editorial on impact of COVID-19 on frail, older adults and caregivers
Heather M. Young, a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the editorial, “Public Health and Ethics Intersect at New Levels With Gerontological Nursing in COVID-19 Pandemic,” on the Journal of Gerontological Nursing website. The editorial, co-authored by Donna M. Fick, a professor at Penn State College of Nursing, describes how the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the unique needs for caregivers of older, frail patients with chronic disease. The authors discuss that while the pandemic presents many challenges, creative solutions are also emerging to improve the care of older persons. Heather is a nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing, a co-leader of the Healthy Aging in a Digital World initiative at UC Davis Health, a co-director for strategic partnerships for the Family Caregiving Institute at the school, and national director for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship Program for Nurse Leaders and Innovators.
March 23 — Practical tips for caregivers concerned about coronavirus
For the past five years, researchers at the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing have partnered with AARP to provide a series of videos to support caregivers as they navigate tasks such as managing medicines and caring for wounds. The team at AARP recently published the webpage, “Practical tips for caregivers concerned about coronavirus,” as a resource to caregivers. The Family Caregiving Institute also shares this resource to help caregivers prepare and reduce exposure to the virus.
Feb. 24 — Family Caregiving Institute research team publishes journal supplement
Faculty and alumni from the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis recently published a special supplement, “Advancing Family Caregiving Research,” to the journal, The Gerontologist, which is produced by the Gerontological Society of America. Associate Professor Elena Siegel served as an editor of the supplement and wrote the editorial, “New Directions to Advance Family Caregiving Research,” with Ken Hepburn, a professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. The supplement includes four articles that explore the research of the Family Caregiving Institute and highlight the group’s initial findings. Authors include faculty Terri Harvath, Julie Bidwell, Fawn Cothran, Kathryn Sexson, Heather M. Young, Janice Bell, Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano and Katherine Kim. Doctoral alumnae Robin Whitney, Ronit Ridberg and Sarah Reed also contributed to the journal.
Feb. 6 — Undergraduate engineering students design tools to support caregivers
Several UC Davis undergraduate engineering students are designing tools to help family caregivers as part of their term project, or design challenge, for the Introduction to Engineering Design Course. The students toured the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing recently to learn more about the needs of caregivers and the people they care for at home. The students are teaming up to design tools addressing a number of problems ranging from communication and safety to sleep issues and positive interaction. The teams present their final designs at showcase event in March.
Nov. 18 — Nursing professor speaks at annual American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
Julie Bidwell, an assistant professor in the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented her research on caregiving for people with cardiovascular disease at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting, Scientific Sessions, Nov. 16-18 in Philadelphia. Her presentation, “Caregiving Across the Continuum of Cardiovascular Disease: Caregiving in Chronic Illness,” explored the major ways caregiving varies along with the associated challenges for research, clinical care and policymaking. Julie teaches, conducts research and mentors students in the area of family caregiving, as well as patient and family engagement in heart failure management. The annual American Heart Association conference gathers experts from around the U.S. to share the latest, cutting-edge cardiovascular science and treatment.
Nov. 17 — Family Caregiving Institute team presents at national gerontology conference
Faculty and staff in the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis led a number of presentations, symposiums and poster sessions at the 2019 Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in Austin, Texas, Nov. 13-17. The 2019 event, themed “Strength in Age: Harnessing the Power Networks,” provided the institute and its faculty opportunity to promote the research and education of the young center. From preconference sessions to symposium workshops, the institute team continued to promote research priorities in family caregiving in order to better support caregivers. Additionally, faculty and staff presented a variety of study findings related to caregiving. The institute was launched in spring 2017 with a $5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. GSA is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary scientific organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological research, learning and practice. Through its annual scientific meeting, GSA offers nearly 4,000 international professionals in the field of aging the opportunity to learn the latest trends and development from industry leaders, build strategic partnerships to address aging challenges and network with peers.
April 17 — UC Davis nursing school partners with AARP on national family caregiving report
20 million family caregivers perform complex nursing and medical tasks with little instruction according to a new report issued by AARP this week and co-authored by Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Dean Emerita Heather M. Young. Read the press release.
March 20 — School seeks inaugural Heather M. Young Postdoctoral Fellows
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis seeks up to three postdoctoral scholars with research interest in healthy aging for the Heather M. Young Fellowship Program. The fellows will work with mentors Dean Emerita and Professor Heather M. Young and Associate Professor Elena O. Siegel. Priority is provided to applicants who express research interests that align with the mentors, including healthy aging and the interface between individuals, family and health care systems as well as the improvement of the quality and value of long-term care. Applicants with interests in other areas that align with healthy aging are also considered. Read the job description.
Feb. 22 — School of Nursing team publishes article calling for family caregiving education for health providers
A team from the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis published the article, “Are We Ready for the CARE Act? Family Caregiving Education for Health Care Providers,” in the March issue of the peer-reviewed Journal for Gerontological Nursing. Lisa Badovinac, assistant dean for education at the school, authored the article in collaboration with Lori Nicolaysen, student services director, and Executive Associate Dean Terri Harvath. The article details the trio’s study of the impact of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act on educational programs for health providers. The CARE Act requires hospitals to identify and include family caregivers during admission and discharge of patients. According to the team’s research, nurses and health care professionals receive little formal education on how to support family caregivers, creating challenges in complying with the new policy.
Nov. 14-18 — Family Caregiving Institute faculty provide strong showing at national gerontological conference
Faculty and staff in the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis led a number of presentations, symposiums and poster sessions at the 2018 Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in Boston Nov. 14-18. The 2018 event, themed “The Purpose of Longer Lives,” provided the stage for the institute’s first significant showing at a research conference. From preconference sessions to symposium workshops, the institute team shared its research priorities for both education and research in caregiving following its initial year of discovery. Additionally, faculty and staff presented a variety of study findings related to caregiving. The institute was launched in spring 2017 with a $5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. GSA is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary scientific organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological research, learning and practice. Through its annual scientific meeting, GSA offers nearly 4,000 international professionals in the field of aging the opportunity to learn the latest trends and development from industry leaders, build strategic partnerships to address aging challenges and network with peers.
Nov. 14 — Preconference workshop at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Scientific Meeting
Research Priorities in Caregiving: Advancing Family-Centered, Collaborative Care
12:30-4:30 P.M. Wednesday, Nov. 14
Join together with gerontological researchers, advocates and funding agency representatives to refine research priorities and develop an action plan that will improve access and reduce barriers to optimal caregiving. The workshop includes a review of outcomes from the institute’s March 2018 Research Priorities in Caregiving Summit, a panel discussion highlighting challenges and methodological issues faced in family caregiving research and discussion on growing capacity in caregiving research through the support of new scientists and partnership building. Program contributors include Kathleen Buckwalter, Karen Lyons, Kaci Fairchild, Susan Reinhard, Karen Schumacher, Robyn I. Stone and led by Terri Harvath and Heather M. Young. Register for the workshop through the GSA website. See flyer.
Sept. 14 — Family Caregiving Institute faculty present at national nursing conference
Terri Harvath, the director of the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and Kathryn Sexson, an assistant clinical professor and lead educator for the institute, presented “NLN’s Newest Initiative Advancing Care Excellence for Caregivers (ACE.C): Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Adults,” at the National League of Nursing (NLN) 2018 Summit in Chicago Sept. 12-14. NLN, AARP, Nurses Improving Care to Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), the Family Caregiving Institute and the American Journal of Nursing, teamed up to create teaching resources to deliver quality care to older adults and their family caregivers. Leaders from AARP and UC Davis led the discussion of the caregiving role, its importance to the nursing curriculum and provided an overview of resources currently available nationally.
March 22-23 — Family Caregiving Institute at UC Davis hosts summit
The Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis brought together more than 50 national and international experts in family caregiving at a two-day summit designed to map out research priorities. Organizers of The Research Priorities in Caregiving Summit: Advancing Family-Centered Care across the Trajectory of Serious Illness, aim to identify research priorities so that investment by funders yields the greatest impact.
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