July 6, 2014

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Director Lisa A. Ferretti tapped as expert for new report on patient engagement

CEACW and QTAC Director Lisa A. Ferretti lent her expertise for "Here to Stay: What Health Care Leaders Say About Patient Engagement," a new report released by the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH). In her announcement about the report, CFAH President Jessie Gruman noted "As a person long concerned with the practical and policy priorities of promoting patient engagement, the level of commitment I found in these interviews is exceptional. As a patient, I am profoundly grateful for the creativity, energy and drive I see devoted to transforming health care delivery into an enterprise that serves us all well."

Download the report, "Here to Stay: What Health Care Leaders Say About Patient Engagement"

January 29, 2014

Now Available: CDSMP and other Stanford SMP Programs Funding for Local Health Departments only!


Great news! Funding is available now for Local Health Departments for CDSMP and other Stanford SMP Programs Funding. The funding is available through the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and applications are due February 16.

For more information, please see this Funding Opportunities item on the NACCHO site.

The QTAC is here to assist you and your partners with the application in the areas of training and other support. Call or email us to discuss options.

May 13, 2013

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CEACW is honored with a 2013 UAlbany Exemplary Community Engagement Award

Text from the CEACW portion of the 2013 Award Recipients press release:

The Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness is a comprehensive collaborative Center at UAlbany involved in community-engaged research, teaching and service to improve the health outcomes of older adults and people managing chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes/pre-diabetes, arthritis, and obesity. The Center works to develop the infrastructure that helps older adults and persons with disabilities to remain in their homes and communities. Another major focus is on improving the delivery and sustainability of evidence-based approaches addressing key aging and health concerns.

The Center’s approach over the last eight years has been multi-faceted, with its engaged research informed by the prevention and accountable care focus of the Affordable Care Act, the Multiple Chronic Conditions Framework, and the holistic approach to chronic conditions advocated by Wagner’s Chronic Care Model that together are changing the way health systems and departments are approaching the health of the nation. Involving community members and partners in designing needed innovative solutions to realize improved health care delivery is key.

Leaders of the initiatives include Co-directors Philip McCallion, Professor, School of Social Welfare (SSW) and Lisa Ferretti, Research Assistant Professor, SSW; staff of the Center and students completing internships and assistantships are all critical to its success. The Center also works with over 90 partner organizations including the New York State Office for the Aging, led by Greg Olsen MSW, Acting Director, county offices for the aging, faith-based institutions, advocacy groups, and community-based organizations statewide. Additional partners include: the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Community Chronic Disease Prevention directed by Patricia A. Waniewski, and the Healthy Hearts on the Hill Coalition co-led by Robert Paeglow, MD and Lisa Ferretti.

The Center has trained over 700 individuals across New York State to deliver health self-management programs, reaching 6,000 individuals with multiple chronic illnesses. With sites throughout the state, the Center’s programs are easily accessible to more than 30% of all New Yorkers and are expected to serve over 60,000 people in the next five years.

The Center has also helped develop the Healthy Hearts on the Hill Coalition, which brings together community residents in Albany’s West Hill neighborhood and health care, advocacy, faith-based, and community-based partners to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities. In addition, OASIS is a program helping to inspire older adults to enjoy vibrant, healthy, productive lives.

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