Education & Training

Education and Training

The purpose of the Education/Training core is to develop interdisciplinary training and education opportunities for students in allied health programs to work with seniors from diverse backgrounds. This objective supports the mission of San José State University which is to be responsive to the needs of the state of California by transmitting knowledge and skills necessary for students to serve older adults and their families.

Current Projects:

CHAMP Wellness & Resource Fair Partnership with Timpany Center & the Department of Adult & Aging Services of Santa Clara County: In Fall 2010 CHAMP faculty piloted a model for interdisciplinary learning by developing a wellness fair for Timpany Center members. This was expanded to the larger community in Fall 2011 by partnering with the Santa Clara County Department of Adult & Aging Services. More than 200 graduate and undergraduate students from eight academic departments have participated in these annual events to provide wellness education, screenings, and physical activity demonstrations to seniors. In 2016, the journal of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education published our article titled, “Health Promotion Practice and Interprofessional Education in Aging: Senior Wellness Fairs.”  Email us if you would like a copy of the full article.

Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders) at San José State University is an intergenerational and intercultural community learning program. SHINE links students with older immigrants and refugees seeking to learn English and navigate the complex path to U.S. citizenship. In community centers, and other selected sites in the immediate area, students tutor elders in English and computer literacy, helping them become more actively engaged in their communities, and teach the U.S. history and civics needed to pass the citizenship exam. Project SHINE San José is a joint effort of San José City College's Community Learning Program and San José State University's Center for Community Learning & Leadership. It is part of a national consortium, funded by the Corporation for National Service, based at the Center for Intergenerational Learning, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Past Projects:

Interdisciplinary Training in Ethnogeriatrics (funded by the Bureau of Health Professions - subcontract through the Stanford Geriatric Education Center). Focus was on training SJSU students in the allied health professions to develop cultural competency. Participating departments included: Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, and Social Work.  In Fall 2009, an multidisciplinary group of CHAMP faculty (Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Nutrition, & Social Work) developed an online Cultural Competence training module which has been used each year by six departments to train over 200 students in ethnogeriatrics and cultural competence when working with older adults.