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National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Awards New Fellows, Scholars

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For Immediate Release
August 13, 2012

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National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Awards New Fellows, Scholars
Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Initiative Has Supported Over 200 Individuals to Date

The National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (HCGNE) today announced $1.38 million in awards to the latest cohort of Claire M. Fagin Fellows and Patricia G. Archbold Scholars studying gerontological nursing in academic settings across the U.S.

Four Claire M. Fagin Fellows will each receive up to $120,000 to support postdoctoral research training, mentorship, leadership, and career development.  Nine Patricia G. Archbold Scholars will receive grants of up to $100,000 to support their doctoral training and launch careers in academic gerontological nursing; one-third of these scholars are members of an underrepresented minority group. 

The National HCGNE’s Coordinating Center is located at The Gerontological Society of America. Since 2000, this program has had the generous backing of the John A. Hartford Foundation, supported with monies from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Mayday Fund. These partners have invested over $80 million in national efforts to build academic gerontological nursing capacity through their support. The initiative has supported over 200 predoctoral and postdoctoral nursing scholars who have stimulated excitement about the field among nursing students and practicing nurses. They are the leaders who will shape future care for older persons. 

“This program contributes towards important recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s report on the future of nursing that the nation provide more leadership training and opportunities for nurses and that we increase the number of doctorally prepared nurses,” said National HCGNE Program Director J Taylor Harden, PhD, RN, FAAN. “These highly skilled scholars are deeply committed to improving health care for aging patients.”
 
The 2012 cohort of Patricia G. Archbold Scholars and Claire M. Fagin Fellows are a highly qualified group of dedicated gerontological nurses who will strengthen the knowledge base in such areas as family caregiving, home health and hospice care, care for persons with stroke, and critical illness in elders.

2012–2014 Claire M. Fagin Fellows
Melissa Aselage, Duke University
Olga Jarrín, University of Pennsylvania
Nicole Klinedinst, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Tracey Yap, Duke University

2012–2014 Patricia G. Archbold Scholars
Jo-Ana Chase, University of Missouri, Columbia
Nicole Davis, Georgia State University
Erin Kitt-Lewis, Pennsylvania State University
Nancy Knechel, Yale University
Ruth Masterson Creber, University of Pennsylvania
Lyndsey Miller, Oregon Health & Science University
Justine Sefcik, University of Pennsylvania
Janiece Walker, University of Texas at Austin
Maria Yefimova, University of California, Los Angeles

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,400+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

The National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Excellence Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Initiative began in 2000 with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, and subsequently attracted additional funding partners in The Atlantic Philanthropies and Mayday Fund. The Initiative’s main goals are to increase the cadre of academic geriatric nurses, build leadership capacity in academic geriatric nurses, and build national collaboration and excitement about geriatric/gerontological nursing.

Founded in 1929, The John A. Hartford Foundation is a committed champion of health care training, research and service system innovations that will ensure the well-being and vitality of older adults. Its mission is to improve the health of older Americans. Today, the Foundation is America’s leading philanthropy with a sustained interest in aging and health. Through its grantmaking, The John A. Hartford Foundation seeks specifically to enhance and expand the training of doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals who care for elders; and promote innovations in the integration and delivery of services for all older people.

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