The purpose of the Community Partnerships core is to develop strategic partnerships with community organizations to strengthen the community's capacity to promote healthy aging among diverse groups of seniors.
CHAMP Community Forum –April 30, 2010:
CHAMP hosted its first community forum on April 30, 2010 which was attended by approximately 30 individuals representing 22 aging services agencies across the region. Featured events included presentations by CHAMP faculty and community partners, and focused group discussions on possible areas of partnership between CHAMP and community service agencies to promote healthy aging in the region through research, education, and service. The forum provided the impetus for conducting the community agency needs assessments for healthy aging education and screenings, and for the wellness and resource fair partnership with the Timpany Center and the Department of Adult and Aging Services (DAAS).
Community Partnership Projects:
The Timpany Center: Since 2009, the Department of Kinesiology, in collaboration with several other CASA schools/colleges, has been operating the Timpany Center, a warm water pool and gymnasium facility owned by Santa Clara County.
Silicon Valley Healthy Aging Partnership project (SVHAP): CHAMP faculty in the Department of Kinesiology received funding from The Health Trust to lead a community partnership to ensure the on-going availability of evidence-based health promotion programs for older adults in Santa Clara County.
The Community Ambassadors Program for Seniors (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - subcontract from the City of Fremont Department of Human Services). Grant activities include developing curricula for training older volunteers in various ethnic communities to provide information and referral to elders who experience many barriers (language, transportation, lack of knowledge, etc.) to understanding and using community services designed to maintain and promote wellbeing. An evaluation of the training was conducted.
The Senior Peer Advocate Program (funded by the Silicon Valley Council on Aging -subcontract from The Health Trust). Grant activities include the development and implementation of a training curriculum for older volunteers to provide information and referral to elders at several senior centers in Santa Clara County.
Hospital to Home Transition Planning Grant (funded by The Health Trust – subcontract through Yu-Ai-Kai). Grant activities include developing curricula for training older volunteers in various ethnic communities to assist elders manage the transition from hospital discharge to the elder’s home; and program evaluation.
Academic Nurse Managed Centers - The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, Academic Nurse Managed Centers (NMCs) provide clinical settings for community health and mental health clinical practica for undergraduate and graduate nursing students while providing health promotion and illness prevention for diverse, multicultural populations across the lifespan. The NMCs focus on community needs and collaborate with community agencies to build partnerships to effectively serve the various populations in Santa Clara & Santa Cruz counties. Services provided include blood pressure management and screening, diabetic management (glucose monitoring), health education classes, health promotion programs, medication education and monitoring, nutrition education, and home visits. The NMCs incorporate a research focused, outcomes-based model to monitor and document client progress and the outcomes of care.