263480 Academic and Private partnerships to Advance Science: A collaborative and synergistic funding model

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Anita Franzione, DrPH , Francis E. Parker Memorial Home, Inc., Piscataway, NJ
Katherine Abbott, PhD , University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
Traditional funding for advancing science typically rely on single funding mechanisms, such as NIH. Here we highlight the importance of private corporations joining forces with academics to advance science by providing limited funds and access to populations to study. Francis E. Parker Memorial Home, Inc. decided in 2009 to dedicate funds to advance science related to long-term services. The impetus for this was Parker's mission to provide transformative long-term care services while advancing learning opportunities for health care professionals and caregivers. Parker's vision is to be a role model in providing person-centered skilled nursing care, and a resource to long-term care professionals, educators, and communities in which they serve. As the initiative for fulfilling its mission and vision, three pilot studies were funded in July 2010. They were completed by October 2011 and the results are being disseminated to residents, families, and staff.

One pilot award recipient was able to leverage its pilot to receive additional funds to conduct a follow up study. Through this example of partnership between a long term care provider and research institute, the team of researchers was able to access staff, residents, and family members for interviews and medical chart reviews in a way that would have been difficult through traditional mechanisms. The strong top-down commitment to research allowed for ‘buy in' from all employees that not only facilitated but collaborated in the research efforts. This allowed for novel and innovative advancement in science and the opportunity to share results with residents, families, and staff.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Communication and informatics
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Identify ways of establishing a research and education program. List a minimum of two (2) ways for developing a partnership for research and education. Discuss ways of bringing the importance of research to residents, families, and staff.

Keywords: Aging, Community Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I worked on developing this research and education partnership with an academic institution for the organization I work for.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.