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Health Literacy Considerations for Cancer Prevention Initiatives With Older Adults

June 28, 2019
12 to 1 p.m. EDT

The first of a two-part series on cancer prevention during older adulthood, this webinar focuses on new developments in health literacy studies and implications for public health and health care programs and practices. Of particular interest are strategies for increasing the accessibility of health information and support for healthful action. This webinar builds on the U.S. National Prevention Strategy to provide an argument for attention to literacy and numeracy with illustrations related to the development of efficacious health communication strategies geared toward older adults.

For background, read the paper titled “Health Literacy Considerations for a New Cancer Prevention Initiative” authored by the speaker, Rima E. Rudd, ScD, and published in a CDC-funded supplemental issue of The Gerontologist on Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Older Adulthood.

The webinar topic may be of interest to researchers, public health professionals, and health care providers who are interested in health promotion among older adults.

Presented by:
Rima E. Rudd, ScD, has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences within the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for 30 years. A founder of and leader in health literacy studies, Dr. Rudd drafted the first national call to action, served on the original Institute of Medicine Health Literacy Committee, and has written and contributed to multiple health policy reports, white papers, and research studies. She is helping to broaden the notion of health literacy with attention to the quality of health-related texts, the communication skills of health and health care professionals, and the barriers and facilitating factors in health environments.

Sun Protection and Sunburn Among Older U.S. Adults

August 2, 2019
12  to 1 p.m. EDT

The second of a two-part series on cancer prevention during older adulthood, this webinar will describe the prevalence of sunburn and use of sun protection among U.S. adults aged 65 years and older. The webinar will also address associations between sun protection behaviors and sunburn and the public health implications for skin cancer prevention among older adults.

The content of this webinar will be founded on the paper titled “Association Between Sun Protection Behaviors and Sunburn Among U.S. Older Adults,” which was authored by the speaker, Dawn M. Holman, MPH, and coworkers Helen Ding, MD, MSPH; MaryBeth Freeman, MPH, and Meredith L. Shoemaker, MPH. The paper will be published in a CDC-funded supplemental issue of The Gerontologist on Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Older Adulthood. Preliminary analyses of the research were presented as a poster presentation at the 4th International Conference on UV and Skin Cancer Prevention in Toronto, Canada in May 2018.

The webinar topic may be of interest to researchers, public health professionals, and health care providers who are interested in health promotion among older adults. It may also appeal to those with an interest specifically in skin cancer prevention.

Presented by:
Dawn M. Holman, MPH, is a behavioral scientist in the Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch of the CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. Her work is focused on opportunities to reduce cancer risk through community-level strategies that make it easier for people to adopt healthy behaviors and reduce harmful exposures at every stage of life. She leads the Division’s skin cancer prevention efforts, including use of national data to examine sun-protective behaviors, indoor tanning, and sunburn among U.S. adolescents and adults and trends over time in the incidence of skin cancer. Ms. Holman leads the development of CDC’s annual Skin Cancer Prevention Progress Report and other skin cancer prevention resources and she served as a lead writer for the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer.


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Psychosocial Data Resources in the HRS

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
12 to 1 p.m. EDT

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This webinar will provide an overview of the psychosocial data resources in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). It will also provide practical guidance on using the data, including how to: merge two half-sample waves, apply the appropriate weights, and construct analytic files to conduct dyadic analyses. A question and answer portion of the webinar will allow users to pose specific questions related to survey content and to their analyses. Joining Amanda Sonnega in the question and answer session will be Jacqui Smith, the HRS co-investigator who leads the development of HRS psychosocial content, and Lindsay Ryan, who is a key member of the HRS psychosocial group.

Visit GSA's YouTube channel for previous installments: Introduction to HRS; Biomarkers Data; Data on Cognition; and HRS Sample Design, Weighting, and Complex Variance Estimation

Presented by:

Amanda Sonnega, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan (UM), where she is responsible for integrating communication, outreach, and education efforts for the Health and Retirement Study. She received her doctorate through the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship within the ISR program in Social Environment and Health. Dr. Sonnega has lectured in the UM School of Public Health on psychosocial factors in health-related behavior. Her research focuses on life course trajectories of physical and mental health; institutional and personal factors associated with vulnerability and resilience in aging individuals; and work transitions and their broad effects on health and well-being.

Jacqui Smith, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Research Professor, Institute for Social Research, and co-investigator of the HRS. Her research deals with the heterogeneity of psychological functioning, well-being, and health in midlife and old age. She uses experimental and survey methodologies to investigate age-cohort differences and age-related change in cognitive functioning, self-regulation, and well-being. Her current research focuses on subjective well-being after age 50, psychological vitality in the oldest-old, early-life and life course predictors of outcomes in later life, self-perceptions of aging, and cognitive aging.

Lindsay Ryan, PhD, is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. She received her doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 2008 from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Ryan is an investigator on several ongoing research projects, all of which involve an interest in better measuring and understanding the processes by which adults change over the life course. Her research interests include investigating individual and contextual influences on well-being, physical health, and cognition across adulthood, with a particular focus on the impact of social relations. She has worked on the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) for 10 years, and is involved in the development and management of the cognition and psychosocial content within the HRS.

This webinar, which is hosted by The Gerontological Society of America, has been developed and is presented by the University of Michigan with funds from the National Institute on Aging.

Discussion on The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit for the Older Adult: Challenges and Opportunities

April 10, 2019

Presented by:

Patricia D’Antonio, BSPharm, MS, MBA, BCGP, GSA Vice President, Professional Affairs

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP
, Professor, OSAH, Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, PhD, FSBM
, Department of Family Medicine, The School of Medicine, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, New York Physicians against Cancer, New York, NY

Peter A. Hollmann, MD
, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI

Brian Kaskie, PhD
, Public Policy & Aging Report Editor-in-Chief, University of Iowa

Supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Finding and Getting the Most Out of Your Postdoctoral Fellowship Experience (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

April 5, 2019

Where do you find opportunities about postdoctoral fellowships in your field? How do you get the most out of your postdoctoral fellowship experience? If you are considering a postdoctoral position after obtaining your PhD, and wish to learn more about how to find a postdoctoral fellowship and get the most out of your experience, please join us. Our skilled panel of professionals includes a former postdoc (Ryon J. Cobb, PhD) and a current postdoc (Jasmine Travers, PhD, AGPCNP-BC, RN) along with a postdoctoral mentor (Julene K. Johnson, PhD). Our three skilled professionals discuss the process of finding and applying for postdoctoral opportunities and share their experiences and practical advice on how to maximize your experience as a postdoctoral fellow.

Presented by:

Ryon J. Cobb, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. His program of research elucidates how experiences of mistreatment combine with one’s racial/ethnic identification to affect the health of adults in the United States. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, Social Psychology Quarterly, Ethnicity and Health, Race and Social Problems, and Biodemography and Social Biology. Several institutes within and outside the National Institutes of Health have invested in his work, including the Louisville Institute; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and the National Institute on Aging. He received a doctorate in sociology with a focus on health and aging from the Florida State University and he received postdoctoral training in the biodemography of aging at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California.

Julene K. Johnson, PhD, is the Associate Dean of Research for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing and the Associate Director at the UCSF Institute for Health and Aging. She is also the Research Education Core Lead and mentor in the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. Dr. Johnson is a cognitive neuroscientist; she obtained her doctorate at the University of Texas at Dallas and completed postdoctoral training at the Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Johnson’s research program focuses on cognitive aging and covers two primary themes: (1) developing cost-effective and novel community-based interventions (e.g., arts interventions) to promote health and well-being, particularly for diverse older adults; and (2) studying risks and protective factors for cognitive and functional decline in older adults. Her research on community-engaged health promotion involves racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse older adults.

Jasmine Travers, PhD, AGPCNP-BC, RN, is a postdoctoral fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale University Schools of Medicine and Nursing. She is receiving training in a cohort of physicians and doctorally prepared nurses to become a health systems leader driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and health care. Previously, Dr. Travers completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health and a Vice Provost Fellowship for Academic Diversity. Her current work focuses on mitigating disparities in access and use of in-home and facility-based care for older adults and how best to optimize health outcomes among older adults across long-term care settings. Dr. Travers is the author of over 20 manuscripts on aging, long-term care, health disparities, workforce diversity, and infections; she has presented her work at multiple regional and national health services research, gerontological, nursing, and public health conferences.

This webinar is supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Momentum Discussion: Leveraging Improved Vaccine Technology and the Health Care Team to Protect Older Adults

April 1, 2019

Continuing the conversation from the Momentum Discussion at the GSA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, this webinar will explore the exciting developments in vaccine technology, review the underappreciated benefits of vaccination, and share evidence-based strategies that health care teams can use to help raise immunization rates, thereby preventing disease and its complications in older adults.

Presented by:

"Overview of Adult Immunization Rates and Challenges to Improvement": Kevin O'Neil, MD, FACP, CMD, has been a recognized leader in the senior living and geriatric medicine fields for more than 30 years. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Affinity Living Group and a clinical professor in the Department of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida. Dr. O’Neil was formerly the Chief Medical Officer for Brookdale Senior Living from 2005 to 2016 and Chief Medical Officer for Ascension Senior Living from 2016 to 2018. He also served as the medical advisor for The Institute for Optimal Aging.Dr. O’Neil is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and geriatric medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Geriatrics Society. He is a Certified Medical Director of AMDA—The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and recently served on its Board of Directors. Dr. O’Neil also serves on the Board of Directors of the Senior Friendship Centers of Southwest Florida and on the Board of First Step in Sarasota, Florida, which provides addiction recovery programs. Dr. O'Neil is on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal The Medical Roundtable: General Medicine Editionand he is co-editor and a contributing writer for Optimal Aging Manual.

"Improving Vaccine Effectiveness in Older Adults: Advances in Vaccine Technology": Janet McElhaney, MD, FRCPC, FACP, is a geriatrician and the Health Sciences North Volunteer Association Chair in Healthy Aging and the Vice President of Research and Scientific Director of the Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ontario. She is also a professor of medicine at Northern Ontario School of Medicine and an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.Dr. McElhaney’s research interests include the effect of immunosenescence and inflammaging on the immune responses to vaccination, immunologic biomarkers of protection mediated by vaccination, and how vaccination plays a role in preventing disability in older adults. More recently, she has fostered several positive relationships with indigenous communities and health care leaders to help address multimorbidity and support collaborative community and team-based approaches to healthy aging of older indigenous people in Northern Ontario. She serves on editorial boards for the Journal of Immunology and Journal of Infectious Diseases, as an advisor to the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza, and on multiple grant review panels and advisory boards in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

"Beyond Disease Prevention: The Building Benefits of Vaccination": Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH, is an academic and clinical geriatrician, currently serving as professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Department of Medicine at Brown University. He is also active with the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Gravenstein was a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s influenza guidelines committee and co-author of the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences publication Optimizing the Prevention of Herpes Zoster in Older Adults.Dr. Gravenstein routinely speaks at Medical Grand Rounds and other lectures about influenza vaccine. He understands practical implications of vaccine recommendations and has been working with quality improvement projects to change the behavior of individuals in institutions specific to vaccines.

"Putting it Into Practice: One Health System’s Success at Improving Adult Immunization Rates": April Green, PharmD, is the Population Health Management Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist and co-chair of the System Vaccine Subcommittee for Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. Prior to becoming a pharmacist, she earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana–New Orleans and worked as a semiconductor engineer for Toppan Photomasks, where her projects ranged from manufacturing of phase shift masks to product integration engineering. She received her doctor of pharmacy degree and completed Pharmacy Postgraduate Year One residency training with Xavier and the interim Louisiana State University Hospital. Dr. Green joined Ochsner in 2014 as an inpatient staff pharmacist at the Slidell hospital campus and later relocated to the Ochsner Main Campus in New Orleans for her current role. As Population Health Management Pharmacist, she is responsible for assisting with efforts to improve Ochsner’s quality measure outcomes, increasing vaccination rates in the pediatric and adult populations, increasing comprehensive medication reviews performed by pharmacists, and improving patients’ medication adherence for the treatment of chronic health conditions.

This webinar is developed by The Gerontological Society of America and supported by Seqirus. The content is based on a program hosted at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, sponsored by Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi Pasteur, and Seqirus.

HRS Sample Design, Weighting, and Complex Variance Estimation

March 26, 2019

This webinar provides an overview of the complex sample design of the Health and Retirement Study. It also provides practical guidance on the application of sample weights and complex variance estimation in analysis of the data. A question and answer portion of the webinar will allow users to pose specific questions related to their analyses.

Videos on the Introduction to HRS; Biomarkers Data; and Data on Cognition are available on GSA’s YouTube Channel.

Presented by:

Amanda Sonnega, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan (UM), where she is responsible for integrating communication, outreach, and education efforts for the Health and Retirement Study. She received her doctorate through the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship within the ISR program in Social Environment and Health. Dr. Sonnega has lectured in the UM School of Public Health on psychosocial factors in health-related behavior. Her research focuses on life course trajectories of physical and mental health; institutional and personal factors associated with vulnerability and resilience in aging individuals; and work transitions and their broad effects on health and well-being.

Sunghee Lee, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist in the Survey Methodology Program at the University of Michigan. She earned her doctorate from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. Previously, Dr. Lee served as Survey Methodologist for the California Health Interview Survey and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Biostatistics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include sampling and measurement issues in data collection with linguistic and racial minorities as well as hard-to-reach populations and cross-cultural survey methodology.

Ryan McCammon, MS, is Research Area Specialist Lead, having joined the Health and Retirement Study program in November 2018. He was previously with the University of Michigan (UM) Department of Internal Medicine as a Database Analyst while working on his master’s degree in survey methodology, which he completed in April 2018. He also holds a master’s degree in sociology from UM and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wabash College.

This webinar, which is hosted by The Gerontological Society of America, has been developed and is presented by the University of Michigan with funds from the National Institute on Aging.

A Starting Point for Looking at Age-Friendliness on My Campus: AGHE Can Help (Part 3 of 3)

Friday, March 1, 2019
1 p.m. EST

This webinar will discuss data-gathering approaches to explore your institution’s age-friendly assets, gaps, and opportunities along with how AGHE can be an Age-Friendly University resource for you and your institution.

Presenters:

Nina M. Silverstein, PhD (University of Massachusetts Boston—Massachusetts, USA)

Marilyn Gugliucci, PhD (University of New England—Maine, USA)

Made possible through a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation to AGHE for the Founders 3.0 Project.

One Vision, Many Paths: Making an Age-Friendly University Work for You (Part 2 of 3)

February 6, 2019

This webinar examines how different institutions approach their AFU vision and offer examples of how your institution can draw on its distinctive strengths to realize the AFU principles.

Presenters:

Carrie Andreoletti, PhD (Central Connecticut State University—Connecticut, USA)

Andrea June, PhD (Central Connecticut State University—Connecticut, USA)

Made possible through a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation to AGHE for the Founders 3.0 Project.

The Road to Austin: Mapping the Steps for GSA 2019 Abstract Submission

January 31, 2019

Prepare yourself in advance of the March 14 deadline to submit your abstract for the GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. This webinar will enhance your knowledge and skills for submitting an abstract. Hear from the experts about the importance and process of submitting an abstract and how best to prepare an abstract for submission. GSA President and Program Chair S. Michal Jazwinski, PhD, FGSA, of Tulane University, and Program Co-Chair Holly Brown-Borg, PhD, FGSA, of the University of North Dakota, will walk attendees through the ins and outs of the GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting call for abstracts. John Beilenson, President of Strategic Communications & Planning, who has been advising scientists about communications for more than a decade, will demonstrate how to make your submission stand out from the crowd. Facilitate your abstract preparation and submission experience—and avoid disqualifying errors and rushing at the last minute—by becoming familiar with the constructive information presented in this webinar.

Supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Becoming an Age-Friendly University Partner (Part 1 of 3)

January 9, 2019

This webinar will describe why higher education needs to be more age-friendly, the vision of the AFU initiative, and how your institution can join the AFU network.

Presenters:

Joann M. Montepare, PhD (Lasell College—Massachusetts, USA)

Kimberly S. Farah, PhD (Lasell College—Massachusetts, USA)

Made possible through a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation to AGHE for the Founders 3.0 Project.

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