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Past Projects

Creating Enriched Clinical Learning Environments through Partnerships (ECLEPs) in Long-Term Care

Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the purpose is to develop exemplary clinical sites in nursing home and community-based lont-term care settings for nursing students enrolled in the Oregon Consortium of Nursing Education Curriculum and to promote LTC nursing as a career. A pilot project (funded by the Northwest Health Foundation) identified clinical sites and created professional development activities for staff nurses and learning activities for students in the Portland metropolitan area. The project was successful in helping students to learn from expert nurses and gain appreciation of the complexity and rewards of LTC nursing. The current project will expand on faculty development, collaboration with community colleges, and implementation in rural communities.

Diana White, Ph. D.; Juliana Cartwright, Ph.D., RN (OHSU); Jost Lottes, Ph.D. The Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing is the primary grantee and partner.

Options Counseling for Long-Term Care Services: Training and Evaluation

Oregon Senior & People with Disabilities were awarded a grant from the Administration on aging to develop an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) in Oregon. ADRCs support older adults and their families to navigate a full range of long-care services, with emphasis on community living, personal choice, and independence. SPD subcontracted with PSU to develop and implement training for SPD employees in options counseling, a cornerstone of ADRC services. The training program will be evaluated and information used to revise the program and implement training statewide.

Jobs to Careers: Promoting Work-Based Learning for Quality Care. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this project evaluated a work-based training program for direct care workers in assisted living. The training program is based on a systematic job analysis and uses a train-the-trainer model and work-based learning. Using multiple methods (survey, focus groups, observations, interviews) with multiple informants (residents, family members, direct care workers, administrators), this research identified the impact of the training program on worker satisfaction, career goals, skill development, and person-directed care practices. Tools to assess resident and family perspectives about person-directed care for use in future research will be developed.

Diana White, Ph.D.; Dave Cadiz; Cynthia Lopez; Conducted in partnership with Portland Community College. December 2007-June 2010.

Community Needs Assessment for Rose Villa Retirement Community. This project, funded by Rose Villa Retirement Community with support from the Kinsman Foundation, was designed to examine the relationship between a continuing care retirement community and the larger community in which it exists. Perceptions of neighbors were assessed through town hall and focus group interviews and by windshield ethnographies conducted by PSU graduate students. Rose Villa will use the information to guide a campus master plan.
Sharon Baggett, Ph.D. and Paula Carder, Ph.D.; Sheryl Elliott October 2009- June 2010

The administration of “as needed” medications by personal care aides in residential care settings for people with dementia. This project, funded by the Oregon Partners for Alzheimer’s Research, used ethnographic methods to identify how unlicensed care aides make decisions to administer as-needed medications to persons with dementia. Medication aides in three dementia care settings were shadowed throughout their shifts over five days in order to document and explain the organizational and interpersonal context in which medication decisions are made.
Paula Carder, Ph.D.; Fall 2008-Fall 2009.

State strategies for combining affordable housing and supportive services for older persons. Funded by Oregon’s Seniors and Persons with Disabilities, this project identified innovations in state efforts to coordinate supportive services for older residents of publicly subsidized housing. Based on regulatory review and interviews with state agency representatives and housing operators, it profiles promising practices in merging housing and services.
Paula Carder, Ph.D.; Erika Zoller, MPH; March-July, 2009.

The Status of and Needs for General Public Transportation in Oregon’s Rural Areas. Funded by Association of Oregon Counties/Oregon Department of Transportation, this project examines existing data to identify the current status and project needs for general public transportation in Oregon’s rural areas from 2006 to 2030. The report will identify opportunities for and barriers to expanding transportation services.
Margaret Neal, Ph.D.

Stress and Burnout among ‘Sandwiched-Generation’ Couples in Israel and the U.S. The United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) has funded this project to investigate the role of culture (Israeli vs. American), and gender in work-family conflict, stress and burnout and among representative samples of Israeli and American “sandwiched-generation” couples.
Margaret Neal, Ph.D.

Long-Range Planning for Aging Services. This project was funded by Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services to design and implement a needs assessment for future service planning purposes involving a telephone survey of older Multnomah County residents with low incomes. The survey also was translated into three other languages and a comparable paper and pencil/personal interview survey tool was developed for use by partner agencies to assure diverse ethnic representation.
Margaret Neal, Ph.D. and Sharon Baggett, Ph.D.

Older Drivers and Driving Cessation in Oregon. The Oregon Department of Transportation funded this project to examine the reasons affecting elders’ choices to voluntarily stop driving in Oregon.
Margaret Neal, Ph.D.
Report available