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Office for Aging Research and Health Services

The Office for Aging Research and Health Services (OARHS) supports URMC’s contributions as a leader regionally, nationally, and internationally in the development and delivery of innovative approaches to care for our rapidly growing population of older adults.

OARHS brings together the leading innovators in the field of geriatrics and gerontology in the Rochester area and nationally.

It serves as a resource to investigators developing their programs of research in geriatrics, to program leaders and providers in developing innovative clinical solutions for the care of older adults, and to educators preparing a workforce to help address the needs of the older adults population in our community, region, and nationwide.



Heffner Selected for Emerging Leaders in Aging Scholars Program

Kathi Heffner, PhD, Associate Professor in the University of Rochester School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry, was among a select group of scholars chosen to participate in a yearlong national geriatric leadership development program. Read more...


ENGOAL is underway!

A $250,000 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Engagement Award will allow researchers from the Warner School of Education and the School of Nursing to collaborate with community stake holders to recruit and train two cohorts of older adults to participate in research projects with geriatric health researchers. Read more...


Three Faculty Honored by American Geriatrics Society

At the Society's recent annual meeting, Suzanne Gillespie, associate professor of Medicine, was named an AGS fellow; Kristen Thornton, assistant professor of Medicine and Family medicine, received the 2017 AGS Junior Faculty Clinician Educator of the Year Award; and Erika Ramsdale, assistant professor of Medicine, received the Clinical Trials Presidential Poster Award.


Innovations in Integration: Solutions for Healthcare Reform

October 18 - 20, 2018  Rochester, NY

***Call for Presentations and Posters***

Moving forward with healthcare reform, this conference will showcase ways to help healthcare teams successfully implement best practices, improve patient safety and outcomes, and engage systems to achieve these goals. The 2018 conference will celebrate CFHA's rich history while exploring, and championing, solutions to current health care challenges.

Play an active part in the premier conference on integrated care by submitting a proposal to present at the 20th Annual Conference. Submit a proposal to be a session or poster presenter. Deadline date March 15th. Please click here for more information regarding the conference.


Kathi Heffner Appointed Associate Chief of Research for Geriatrics

geriatric, research, Heffner

Kathi Heffner, PhD, an accomplished researcher whose work focuses on stress and aging, has been named associate chief of research for the Division of Geriatrics and Aging in the Department of Medicine. An associate professor with a primary appointment in the School of Nursing and secondary appointments in medicine and psychiatry, Heffner was selected for the position in October after a national search. Read more...


Insomnia in Older Adults    

 Janki Patel, MD        

Insomnia is not a normal part of aging! Click here to read more in GER-E-NEWS


NIA Funding Lines Continue to Favor New and Early-Stage Investigators

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Complimentary Resources to Help Reduce Ageism

The way Americans currently think about aging creates obstacles to productive practices and policies. In response, and in collaboration with seven other leading associations serving the field of Aging, the American Society on Aging (ASA) is pleased to share a set of resources designed to help members and stakeholders join a movement to reframe the dialogue around aging, with the goal of reversing ageist assumptions about older adults. Through a two-year research initiative, our collaborative has learned that as Americans live longer and healthier lives, society needs to adjust both attitudes toward aging and the systems that support wellbeing in later life. Our Gaining Momentum Toolkit is now available so you and your organization can become part of the movement to reframe how the public views older adults. This work is SO important and our aspirations can only be achieved through large-scale adoption of the principals and tools we provide to you today. (read more...)

   Funding Opportunities

NYSH                NYSHealth Funding Opportunity:       2018 Special Projects Fund

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is currently accepting applications for its 2018 Special Projects Fund Request for Proposals (RFP). Applicants must submit an online inquire form to determine whether a proposed project fits the funding criterial. The deadline for the online inquiry form is March 13, 2018. Selected organizations will be invited to submit full proposals, with a deadline of May 16, 2018.

NYSHealth Special Projects Fund awards are one-time, nonrenewable funding opportunities consistent with the Foundation's mission to improve the health of all New Yorkers but outside of its main priority areas.

Learn more about the Special Projects Fund in this new video:

    Other Opportunities

  Health and Aging Policy Fellows -
                      Call for 2018 Applicants Now Open

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program aims to create a cadre of leaders who will serve as change agents in health and aging policy to ultimately improve the health care of older adults. The year-long fellowship offers a rich and unique training and enrichment program that is focused on current policy issues, communication skills development, and professional networking opportunities to provide fellows with the experience and skills necessary to help affect policy.
We invite candidates with a strong commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in aging-relevant policy work to join the next class of Health and Aging Policy Fellows (2018-19).   (fellowship overview and application)
Please submit your application with references as one PDF document by April 15. If April 15 falls on a weekend, applications are due the following Monday, April 16.