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May/June 2016

1. Welcome New Members!
2. Member Spotlight: Case Western Reserve University
3. Opportunities, Resources & Tools
4. Leadership Links
5. Kudos to our Colleagues

Welcome from the President

This month’s welcome for New Directions is also a farewell. After more than three years as the founding president of NHCGNE, my resignation is effective July 1, concurrent with the commencement of phased retirement from my academic position at the University of Utah. During the final weeks in office, I have the pleasure of representing NHCGNE at two important events.

First, last week I provided greetings and keynote as one of our international members, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, celebrated the Inaugural Conference of its Centre for Gerontological Nursing. The Centre has made notable contributions to research excellence since its founding in 2012. The conference, which focused on research, practice and policy issues around frailty, was attended by enthusiastic nurse scientists and other colleagues representing at least 13 countries, including Japan, Korea, China, Canada, Taiwan, Australia, Armenia, Georgia, and Singapore. Presentations ranged from creative community based models of elder care developed in Japan to research by a nurse scientist from our new consortium member in Australia on the use of robots in the care of older adults with dementia. I was impressed with how the rapid pace of population aging in Asia is accelerating development of creative research and approaches to providing care for older adults.   

In June, the NHCGNE Board of Directors will meet in Chicago for a strategic retreat to plan for the future as the organization completes the transition from over 15 years of grant support from The John A. Hartford Foundation to sustainability as an independent member organization. The future of NHCGNE is bright, with broad global perspectives and tremendously dedicated leaders. I will miss the frequent contact with many extraordinary nurse leaders that NHCGNE has afforded and urge each of you to become active NHCGNE contributors. To quote Garrison Keillor, I bid you to “be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”

Ginny Pepper              
NHCGNE President

1. Welcome New Members!

We would like to extend a hearty welcome to our new NHCGNE member institutions:

~ Pace University, College of Health Professions, Lienhard School of Nursing

~ Australian Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, made up of these international universities:
  • Curtin University
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • LaTrobe University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Technology

For a full list of NHCGNE members, click here. We invite all of our members to join us in recruiting new member organizations!

Member Benefit! In order to expand the reach of our membership and the impact of NHCGNE activities, we encourage all member representatives to send a list of faculty, post-docs, pre-docs (DNP and PhD), and staff at your institution who should receive NHCGNE correspondence. Thank you!

2. Member Spotlight: Case Western Reserve University

The University Center on Aging & Health (UCAH), based in the Frances Payne Bolton School, Case Western Reserve University, received the prestigious Clark Tibbits Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) on March 4, 2016. The award was accepted by Diana L. Morris, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, the UCAH Executive Director and Florence Cellar Associate Professor of Gerontological Nursing, and by May L. Wykle PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, FAGHE, former dean and Emerita Professor of Nursing. The Tibbits award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gerontology as a field of study in institutions of higher education. Congratulations!

Pictured  above, left to right: May Wykle, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, FAGHE; Diana L. Morris, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA; and Camille Warner, PhD, Associate Director UCAH and Assistant Professor of Nursing.

3. Opportunities, Resources & Tools

Call for Symposium Abstracts for NHCGNE Symposium at 2017 IAGG
Deadline: June 30, 2016

Help us represent NHCGNE at the 21st World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), to be held in San Francisco, CA, July 23-27, 2017. The IAGG theme is “Global Aging and Health: Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice.” We are planning an NHCGNE symposium, for which we are seeking original qualitative and quantitative research abstracts, including pilot studies, addressing cutting-edge topics concerning the care for older adults. Up to four abstracts relating to the theme of “Global Aging: Future of Nursing” will be accepted. If you are interested in representing NHCGNE and publishing your work at this conference, please send an abstract of no more than 150 words, along with your CV, to Carol Rogers at

19th Annual HIGN Interprofessional Summer Research Scholars Program
July 25–July 29, 2016
NYU College of Nursing, New York, NY

Exclusive reduced tuition for NHCGNE members!

Are you a doctorally prepared nurse, dentist, physician, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, or other health care professional … and a gerontological researcher in academia, at a public health organization or health care institution? Then this program is for you! Join the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing for a week-long, intensive summer seminar. Gain invaluable mentoring experience with nationally recognized chronic disease management, healthy aging, and gerontology researchers.

Apply here!
Webinar Series: Mobile Health, Pain, and Aging
The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) of Weill Cornell Medicine is hosting a webinar series on mobile health, pain, and aging. The TRIPLL webinar series is a web-based training resource for health professionals, researchers, and community practitioners interested in various health and research topics related to later life pain. Please see below for more details and links to register.

The Ins and Outs of Building mHealth for Older Adults
June 27th | 3 p.m.-4 p.m. EST
Kelly Grindrod, PharmD, MSc, University of Waterloo
Click here to register.
mHealth Tools for Older Adults: Usability and Possible Aging Barriers
July 25th | 3 p.m.-4 p.m. EST
Gaby Anne Wildenbos, MS, MA, University of Amsterdam
Click here to register.

Questions? Email Zachary Goodman at
NHCGNE Leadership Conference: Call for Abstracts
“Leading for Impact: Promoting Health in an Aging Society”
November 15-16, 2016
New Orleans, LA
Deadline: July 1, 2016
Submissions are now being accepted for abstracts for poster presentations at the 2016 National Hartford Center Leadership Conference. Poster categories include Education, Leadership, Research, Practice, and Policy. The deadline for abstracts is July 1, 2016. Submitters will be notified of acceptance by August 15, 2016. Submission fee: $25 by credit card. Please log into the HIGN e-learning center to pay, fill out the application, and upload your abstract. If you do not have an account with the e-learning center, you can create an account here.

Questions? Email
Joint AGS/NIA Conference on Urinary Incontinence: Application Now Available
“Urinary Incontinence in the Elderly: A Translational Research Agenda for a Complex Geriatric Syndrome,” the third in a series of a three-part U13 Bedside-to-Bench Conference, will be held in Bethesda, MD, October 16-18, 2016. A preliminary agenda for the conference can be accessed here.

The conference, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the American Geriatrics Society, will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research developments, participate in the creation of recommendations for future research, and to network with colleagues and leaders in the field.

The application for the conference, due June 13, 2016, is available here. To learn more, contact Anna Mikhailovich, Senior Coordinator of Public Affairs and Advocacy at or 212.308.1414.
University of Massachusetts Lowell: Positions Available
The School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Lowell seeks applicants for tenure-track assistant, associate, and full professor positions. To learn more and apply, visit the website.
Milken Future of Aging Report
The Milken Institute has published “The Future of Aging: Realizing the Potential of Longevity,” a collection of essays by a diverse group of aging experts. The authors identify challenges and opportunities in realizing the potential of healthy, productive, and purposeful aging, covering topics such as workforce issues, aging in place, health and health care, technology, and economics.


4. Leadership Links

Inside NIA: A Blog for Researchers
“Inside NIA” is intended for grantees of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the NIH, as well as applicants for funding, those with an application in mind, application reviewers, and students pursuing careers in research on aging and Alzheimer’s disease. The wider scientific and aging advocacy communities are most welcome to participate as well. The blog will provide the latest information—weekly—on NIA funding opportunities, research priorities and news, training, and policy, and will include grantsmanship tips and information about meetings and other resources. Learn more on the website.

5. Kudos to Our Colleague

Congratulations to Helen W. Lach, PhD, RN, CNL, FGSA, FAAN, a 2003-05 John A. Hartford Foundation Claire Fagin Fellow, on her recent promotion to professor at Saint Louis University School of Nursing. Learn more about Dr. Lach here.

NHCGNE Committees

*Click here for a full list of committee members

Membership Committee
Alyce Ashcraft, Chair
Darina Petrovsky, Vice Chair
Finance Committee
Lorraine Phillips, Chair
Education Committee
Jean Wyman, Chair

Nominations Committee
Claudia Beverly, Chair    
Communications Committee
Fayron Epps, Chair
Carol Rogers, Vice Chair
Mentoring Committee
Ashley Leak Bryant, Chair
Ab Brody, Vice Chair

Awards Committee
Bill Buron, Chair
Program Committee
Claudia Beverly

Executive Committee
Ginny Pepper
Claudia Beverly
Tara Cortes
J Taylor Harden
Alyce Ashcraft
Lorraine Phillips
Melissa Batchelor-Murphy

Donate Now

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift of $667 to the NHCGNE. We are asking that Hartford Gerontological Nursing Leaders and alumni members, faculty, family, and friends consider making a donation of $667 each year for the next three years.

Your gift will ensure our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and loved ones all receive the very best nursing and evidence-based care available. Any gift you can make will be gratefully accepted. Donations may be mailed to:

Account # 22-67900
433 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010

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