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September 2007 News

GGEC Funding Continued
September 21, 2007

The Institute of Gerontology at the College of Public Health, University of Georgia, announces the continuation of funding of its Georgia Geriatric Education Center (GGEC). The mission of this Center is to increase health literacy and to train health professionals in the care and safety of older adults, especially in Georgia's medically-underserved areas.

This $1.26 million dollar grant is funded by the Health Research Service Administration beginning September 1, 2007 to June 30, 2010. Leonard W. Poon and Anne Glass are the director and associate director of the Center. Collaborators are the departments of medicine, psychiatry, neurosurgery, and geriatrics from Mercer School of Medicine and the School of Health Professions from Armstrong Atlantic State University.

The Center, through its interdisciplinary training team, will provide CME and CEU conferences and workshops, supervised on-site clinical training, and training through the internet. Trainees can select from a variety of content areas including 1) geriatric pharmacy, 2) fall prevention, 3) dementia assessment and management, 4) management of problem behaviors, 5) oral health, 6) palliative care, 7) incontinence management, 8) normative and healthy aging, 9) chronic disease management, and 10) professional caregiving management. In addition, interdisciplinary training will be available on 1) movement disorders, 2) seizures, 3) pain, 4) spine problems, 5) delirium, 6) stroke, and 7) neuropsychology. Special emphasis will be placed in the training of minority faculty and health professionals in the State of Georgia.

Department Head Job Announcement
September 5, 2007

The Department of Health Policy and Management at the College of Public Health is looking for a department head at the Professor rank. Individuals with aging and gerontology expertise are encouraged to apply.


August 2007 News

Salon on Cancer & Aging- September 19
August 31, 2007

The Institute of Gerontology, in conjunction with the College of Public Health, is hosting a “Salon on Cancer and Aging” on September 19 from 2:30-5:30 to facilitate the exchange of ideas among clinicians, researchers and community leaders about cancer and its effects on our growing older population.   The guest speaker for this Salon is Martine Extermann, MD, PhD, Research Director of the Senior Adult Oncology Program at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida.  Other speakers include Vincent Masters, MD, discussing cervical cancer in older women; Marilyn Hill, MS, RN, of the East Georgia Cancer Coalition; Mona Taylor, LCSW, Director of the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support; and Kimberly Clay, PhD, MPH, MSW, who is Assistant Professor in Social Work at UGA and formerly manager of the Comprehensive Cancer Control section of the DHR.

Grant Awarded to the Institute
August 28, 2007

A grant in the amount of $101,000 was awarded to Dr. Glass and the Institute of Gerontology, on behalf of the Gerontology Education and Training Alliance of Georgia (GET-AGE), by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation in an effort to support and strengthen the quality of home and community-based services by providing web-based training for formal caregivers (home health aides) and informal caregivers (family members and friends) in Georgia.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation is a statewide, private independent foundation located in Atlanta, Georgia, and its mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.


July 2007 News

Public Health and Older Georgians: Health Disparities
July 25, 2007

Our second installment of the Public Health and Older Georgian Series, titled Health Disparities, is now available online. Hard copies of the booklet, along with the accompanying CD-Rom, may be requested as well. This 2007 publication highlights health disparity and health literacy issues among older Georgians, UGA resources and faculty members addressing these issues, Public Health and aging courses offered at UGA, and an accompanying CD with archived information on various topics related to Public Health and Older Georgians.


May 2007 News

Breast Cancer and Aging
May 10, 2007

Dr. Claire Robb, epidemiologist and Faculty of Gerontology, is interviewed for an article in UGA Columns on Breast Cancer and Aging.

Institute Director To Receive Award
May 2, 2007

Dr. Leonard W. Poon, Director of the Institute of Gerontology, will be awarded the Clark Tibbitts Award by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) next month. This award, named for an architect of the field of gerontological education, is given by AGHE each year to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gerontology and geriatrics education. Congratulations Dr. Poon!


April 2007 News

Second Annual Student Recognition Celebration
April 18, 2007

Please come join us on Thursday, April 19th, at 6:30 PM for our second annual celebration of student achievement in Gerontology. Those who are being initiated into Sigma Phi Omega, the national professional and honorary gerontological society, as well as those who are expected to complete their Graduate Certificate this spring or summer will be honored. Our special guest speaker is Dr. David Levine. We will meet at the Pharmacy Building lobby. A reception will be held in the lobby immediately after the ceremony Parking is available nearby the Pharmacy Building. Please support our students! (Pictures from event available here.)

Participate In The Cohousing Model
April 18, 2007

Looking for community? Be part of a new project to develop affordable, intergenerational housing in the cohousing model here in Athens. Learn more Thursday, April 26, 7 pm – 8:45 pm, at the Athens Public Library in the small conference room. For questions, contact Marilyn at 706 353-8832.


March 2007 News

Student Mentoring Conference Program Now Available Online
March 12, 2007

The official program for our 18th annual Student Mentoring Conference is now available online (hard copies will be given at the conference). The conference will be held on March 23-25, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit here for more general information about the student mentoring conference.

Institute Assistant Director In The News
March 12, 2007

The Institute's Assistant Director, Dr. Anne Glass, is interviewed in the current edition of Georgia Trend magazine. The article is on end-of-life care.


February 2007 News

Spring Film Documentary Series
February 14, 2007

The Institute of Gerontology cordially invite you to our upcoming Spring Film Documentary Series on February 28 and March 5. The documentaries are produced by the Institute of Gerontology and directed by Alan Stecker, an experienced documentary filmmaker.


January 2007 News

New Courses Announced
January 18, 2007

Announcing a 5-course series on public health and older adults. If you have questions, please contact the instructors and/or Dr. Anne Glass relating to the certificate, MPH, and Dr. P.H. offerings.

2007 Call For Abstracts
18th Annual Southeastern Regional Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics
January 12, 2007

The 2007 Call for Abstracts for our annual Student Mentoring Conference is now available. The conference will be held on March 23-25, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit here for more general information about the student mentoring conference.


Past News (2006)

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