Supporting the Health Needs of Michigan’s Aging Population

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The Michigan Health Endowment Fund (Health Fund) awarded more than $10 million dollars to 18 organizations and agencies across the state of Michigan in November 2017, including to CMU. The awards span the entire state of Michigan and were made through two programs: Healthy Aging, and Special Projects & Emerging Ideas. CMU received $422,455 for an Experiential Learning Older Adult Home Visit & Health Improvement Program. Click here to read the Health Fund’s press release for more details and the full list of award recipients

According to program co-sponsors through the CMU College of Medicine, Dr. Robert Petersen and Dr. Jyotsna Pandey, this project will create a replicable model for training health profession students in geriatrics, building the capacity of nonprofit service providers to support older adults living in the community.

CMU will partner with the Isabella County Commission on Aging to develop and implement this program, leveraging medical and health professions students to conduct in-home visits among older adults to assess fall risks, alcohol use disorders, loneliness and isolation issues, and oral health, with interventions to follow based on individual assessments.

The goals of this project are to: 1) strengthen and build workforce capacity among medical and other health professionals by exposing students to older adult populations and increasing their capacity to engage, assess, treat, and understand older adults’ needs from social, functional, and medical perspective; and 2) ensure that older adults are able to “age in place” within their own homes by expanding access to and availability of preventative health care via the development and implementation of a community-integrated, home-visit health improvement program.

To view the flyer for patient participation information, please click here.
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