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Upcoming Webinars

NIH Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS)
(HIV and Aging: Data Access, Availability, and Research Funding Opportunities Webinar Series)

Friday, August 28, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

Michael Saag, MD, Principal Investigator, will present the CFAR Network of Clinical Integrated Systems (CNICS) cohort. CNICS, established in 2002, is a clinic-based research network that captures clinical management and outcomes from point-of-care HIV clinics at 8 CFAR sites. It is an open access research platform containing pooled, de-indentified, data from electronic medical records of over 36,000 PLWH that are linked to patient reported outcomes, geospatial, genetics, and ARV resistance data, all linked to biologic specimens. The platform is available to investigators worldwide with an approved concept proposal.

Presented by:

  • Michael Saag, MD, Principal Investigator, CNICS

Continued research on HIV prevention and intervention among older adults is crucial as people aged 50 years and older accounted for 17% of new infections in 2016, approximately 50% of all people living with HIV in the United States are in this age group, and people are living longer with HIV owing to improvements in antiretroviral therapy in the past several years. Therefore, this webinar series covers access to multiple data sources and their availability, which can be used to answer important research questions in HIV and aging. In addition, this webinar series reports on funding opportunities for HIV and aging research, which will help to provide support in advancing research in this area.

This webinar series, which is hosted by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), has been organized by the GSA HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults Interest Group and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Inter-CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group.

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Understanding Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Influenza, and COVID-19: Preparing for the Fall

Monday, August 31, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
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Free for members and non-members

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, causes 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in older adults each year. Those over 65, adults with chronic heart or lung disease, and adults with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Yet RSV remains underdiagnosed.
In this one-hour webinar, experts will answer questions about RSV and how to prepare for the fall, when influenza and COVID-19 will be co-circulating. Participants will understand RSV and its impact on older adults; the challenges of distinguishing between RSV, influenza, and COVID-19; and how to keep older adults healthy with so many respiratory viruses circulating, particularly in a long-term care facility. Speakers will address gaps in understanding and research opportunities, as well as what gives them optimism for the fall respiratory illness season.

Presented by:

  • Robin Jump, MD, PhD – Case Western Reserve University, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • Lindsay Kim, MD, MPH – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Helen “Keipp” Talbot, MD, MPH – Vanderbilt University Medical Center

This webinar is supported by Johnson and Johnson Health Systems, Inc. Content is developed by GSA.

Common Data Elements for Workforce and Staffing in International Long‐Term Care Research

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
12 p.m. ET/6 p.m. Switzerland/Central European Time
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Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the critical need to transform long-term care (LTC). Worldwide Elements To Harmonize Research In LTC liVing Environments (WE-THRIVE) is a LTC research initiative to identify LTC common data elements (CDEs) that can be used internationally to support older adult thriving in LTC. To date, WE-THRIVE has identified four key measurement domains: workforce and staffing, person-centered care, organizational context, and care outcomes. This is the second GSA webinar in the series on WE-THRIVE.

Addressing major challenges faced by LTC providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the webinar will focus on the “workforce and staffing” measurement domain and the work completed by this WE-THRIVE subgroup of researchers. The presenters will describe the concepts and proposed CDEs related to staff retention and turnover, evaluating nursing supervisor effectiveness, and staff training, with insights and lessons learned during the pandemic. International research on LTC can valuably inform LTC policy and practice, and the proposed CDEs can facilitate data sharing and aggregation internationally, including low-, middle-, and high-income countries. The proposed CDEs address key challenges to support LTC workforce and staffing to support the delivery of person-centered care and the achievement of person-centered outcomes.

Presented by:

  • Charlene Chu, PhD, RN, GNC(C), Assistant Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, cross-appointment at Institute for Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Franziska Zúñiga, PhD, RN, FEANS, Head of Education, Institute for Nursing Sciences, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Michael Lepore, PhD, Vice President of the LiveWell Institute, Farmington, CT, USA, & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Understanding the Value of Enhanced Influenza Vaccine Products in Long-Term Care Settings

Thursday, September 17, 2020
1 to 2 p.m. ET
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Free for everyone

There are many benefits to preventing flu transmission in long-term care settings yet only about two-thirds of nursing home residents receive annual influenza vaccinations—one of the best known preventive strategies. The COVID-19 pandemic has further amplified the need for effective infection control in these settings. Compared with standard-dose influenza vaccines, enhanced influenza vaccines are not only more effective in preventing disease in older adults, they also provide a higher return on investment. This webinar is designed to help nursing home administrators, infection control teams, and other long-term care staff to (1) understand the benefits of using enhanced influenza vaccine products in residents and (2) learn practical tips that can help leadership and staff consistently apply immunization practices.

Presented by:

  • R. Gordon Douglas, MD, Chair, National Adult Vaccination Program Workgroup; Professor Emeritus, Weill Cornell Medical College (Moderator)
  • David H. Canaday, MD, Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University; Associate Director, Geriatric, Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center; Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
  • Sherry A. Greenberg, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAANP, FAAN, Associate Professor, Seton Hall University College of Nursing; President-Elect, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
  • Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing; Co-Director, Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Organized Research Center; Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology

This program was jointly developed by GSA, the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, and AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, with support from Sanofi.

Navigating the Job Market During and Beyond the COVID-19 Era
(GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

Friday, September 25, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
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Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

Are you currently planning to enter the job market? Are you interested in learning some ways to navigate a highly competitive job market during and post the COVID-19 pandemic? How can you use this time strategically to effectively prepare for the next steps in your career? The events of recent months have created dramatic shifts to life as we know it and early career scholars will find that it can impact their research, career plans, and where they will end up next. In this timely webinar, emerging scholars will learn how to overcome the challenges of a highly competitive job market and how to best set up for success. Webinar attendees will hear from two skilled professionals, who will share their experiences, lessons learned, and practical advice about how to effectively plan for and be most prepared for an increasingly difficult job market.

Presented by:

  • Justin Lord, PhD, MBA, CMA, FHFMA, is Assistant Professor with dual appointments in the Department of Accounting and the James K. Elrod Health Administration Department in the College of Business at Louisiana State University–Shreveport (LSUS). He earned his doctoral degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an MBA from Jacksonville State University. Dr. Lord is a Certified Managerial Accountant and a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Previously, he worked for several years as the Finance Director for a multi-state healthcare not-for-profit and at Honda Manufacturing as a Financial Analyst. His research focuses primarily on the financial management of long-term care organizations and he has been published in Health Care Management Review; INQUIRY–The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing; Journal of Healthcare Finance; and Applied Research in Quality of Life. In 2016, he was awarded the Ruth L. Kirchstein National Service Award by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In his first year of teaching at LSUS, Dr. Lord was awarded Professor of the Year by the student body, and in his second year he was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching by his colleagues.
  • Bei Wu, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE, FNYAM, is Dean’s Professor in Global Health and Director for Global Health and Aging Research at the New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She is also Co-Director of the NYU Aging Incubator, Director for Research at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and Co-Director of the Research and Education Core on the National Institute on Aging–funded Asian Resources Center for Minority Aging Research. As Principal Investigator, she has led a significant number of projects supported by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, she is leading an NIH-funded clinical trial to improve oral health for persons with mild dementia. Her extensive publications cover topics related to oral health, long-term care, dementia, and caregiving. Dr. Wu is an internationally known leader in gerontology. Her career in gerontology is distinguished by interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in various disciplines. She is a Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and the New York Academy of Medicine. She is also an Honorary Member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. For the past two decades, she has successfully mentored several dozens of junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students in the United States and abroad.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact ESPO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Tweet with us live during the webinar using #espocareers for even more tips and Q&A.

This webinar is supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Part I: Enhancing Economic Security for Older Low-Wage Workers (Equity, Justice, and Inclusion for Older Workers: Recommendations and Solutions Series)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
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Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

Older workers are an often overlooked segment of the low-wage labor force. In this webinar, Mary Gatta, PhD, will share the experiences of older workers in the United States hospitality industry, including the factors shaping what it means to grow old while working in economic insecurity such as facing race- and gender-based inequities, health hazards associated with work, and housing concerns. In addition, the ways that larger social and economic policies can fail this group of workers will be examined. Following the presentation, Dr. Gatta will lead a discussion focusing on ways to improve the economic security and working conditions of older low-wage workers.

Presented by:

  • Mary Gatta, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York–Guttman

Over the last two decades, the phrase “aging and work” has evolved from its status as an oxymoron to a well-understood reality. It is now clearly recognized that the three-legged stool of retirement security (i.e., employer-sponsored pensions, Social Security in the United States, and individual savings) is rickety at best. More people need to work beyond conventional retirement ages to sustain their financial security in the face of longer lives and growing expenses. This need is paramount for older adults in general, but even greater for low-income, racial and ethnic minority, and blue-collar older workers. While perceived and/or real age discrimination has been identified as a factor limiting options for older adults, less is known about factors that mitigate against such perceptions of unfairness and injustice. This two-part webinar series from The Gerontological Society of America aims to: (1) identify the challenges of underrepresented older workers in their efforts to obtain or retain employment and (2) identify strategies for overcoming those challenges for people who either want or need to work in later life.

Series organized by:

  • Jacquelyn B. James, PhD, FGSA, Director of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work, and Co-director of the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College
  • Kendra Jason, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and member of the Steering Committee for the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work.

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Collaborating Sites Data Sources
(HIV and Aging: Data Access, Availability, and Research Funding Opportunities Webinar Series)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

Continued research on HIV prevention and intervention among older adults is crucial as people aged 50 years and older accounted for 17% of new infections in 2016, approximately 50% of all people living with HIV in the United States are in this age group, and people are living longer with HIV owing to improvements in antiretroviral therapy in the past several years. Therefore, this webinar series covers access to multiple data sources and their availability, which can be used to answer important research questions in HIV and aging. In addition, this webinar series reports on funding opportunities for HIV and aging research, which will help to provide support in advancing research in this area.

Presented by:

  • Robert Heaton, PhD, ABPP-CN Director, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center; Co-PI, CNS HIV Anti-Retroviral Therapy Effects Research Study; Co-Investigator, Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center, Behavioral Assessment Core
  • Scott Letendre, MD Co-Director, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center; Co-PI, CNS HIV Anti-Retroviral Therapy Effects Research Study; Co-Investigator, Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center, Behavioral Assessment Core
  • Jennifer Iudicello, PhD Center Manager, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center; Co-Investigator, Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center, Behavioral Assessment Core; Principal Investigator, Identification of Biomarkers of CNS Injury and Resilience related to HIV-1 and Methamphetamine
  • David Moore, PhD Principal Investigator, California NeuroAIDS Tissue Network; Chair, Neuropsychology Workgroup, National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium; Co-PI, Multi-Dimensional Successful Aging Among HIV-Infected Adults

This webinar series, which is hosted by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), has been organized by the GSA HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults Interest Group and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Inter-CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group.

Part II: Systems of Inequality Affecting Older Workers (Equity, Justice, and Inclusion for Older Workers: Recommendations and Solutions Series)

Thursday October 29, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

Topic 1: Identifying Malleable Barriers to Engage Underserved Minority Middle-Aged and Older Adult Learners in Adult Educational Opportunities
Despite the growing need for adult education and training opportunities globally, opportunities to engage in adult education and training are most often pursued by higher-income or higher-skilled adults. Engaging and retaining adult learners in education and training among underserved racial/ethnic minority middle-aged and older adults are often challenging due to the structural barriers (e.g., program costs). This segment of the webinar will describe a study whose purpose was to identify barriers to engaging and retaining adult learners among underserved minority middle-aged and older adult groups. Through semi-structured interviews, data were collected from 60 key informants representing Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Deductive qualitative descriptive methods revealed the need for recruitment efforts tailored to support adult workers, while also emphasizing the importance of multiple learning forms, including formal, nonformal, and informal learning. The presenters will provide recommendations to promote the inclusion of underserved subpopulations in learning opportunities.

Presented by:

  • Nytasia Hicks, MSW, PhD candidate in the Social Gerontology Program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
  • Phyllis A. Cummins, PhD, Senior Research Scholar at Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
  • Takashi Yamashita, PhD, MPH, MA, Associate Professor of Sociology and faculty in the Doctoral Program in Gerontology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Topic 2: Older Adult Peer Specialists’ Role in Offsetting the Impact of Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Older adults with mental health conditions experience disproportionate risk from the COVID-19 pandemic and are more likely to have been homeless, to reside in a group setting, or to have been cared for at nursing facilities. Increasing fear during the pandemic can lead to gaps in communication and delays in medical care, particularly when isolated from community advocates. Older adult peer specialists are a Medicaid reimbursable workforce with a lived experience of aging with mental health issues; they have shown to improve clinical outcomes such as feelings of loneliness as well as behavioral health issues such as depression and anxiety—all of which are on the rise due to COVID-19. During the COVID-19 pandemic, older adult peer specialists are using technology to deliver digital peer support services related to addressing both the mental health and physical health needs of older adults. With the projected increase in behavioral health problems resulting from the pandemic, policies need to be created to incorporate older adult peer specialists into the existing workforce of behavioral health providers.

Presented by:

  • Mbita Mbao, LICSW, PhD candidate in the School of Social Work at Simmons University
  • Karen L. Fortuna, PhD, LICSW, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth College

Topic 3: Microlearning for Low-Wage Workers in Nursing Homes
Direct care work in nursing homes is characterized by low wages, few benefits, heavy workloads, high rates of injury, and few opportunities for advancement. Because nursing homes are fast-paced environments that are faced with both rising acuity of residents (e.g., increasing numbers of residents with dementia) and high rates of staff turnover and “working short,” the time and resources for education and training are limited. Additionally, the women of color and immigrants, who comprise the majority of the direct care workforce, struggle with barriers to education, including low educational attainment, poor quality secondary education, foreign credentials, second jobs, and English fluency problems. Further, mid-level workers in nursing homes—licensed practical and registered nurses—require higher level credentialing that is out of reach for the majority of direct care workers. While it is clear that these workers need access to continuing education and diverse educational and career pathways, delivering this education requires innovation and creativity to address multiple layers of barriers. This segment of the webinar will discuss data from a statewide survey of nursing home staff and will provide access to microlearning videos aimed at supporting educators within nursing centers to fit learning into short huddles and in-service opportunities within these fast-paced environments. The presenters will discuss their research findings that suggest direct care workers are open to additional training but face persistent barriers to accessing and accruing rewards to training.

Presented by:

  • Jennifer Craft Morgan, PhD, Associate Professor at the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University
  • Elisabeth O. Burgess, PhD, FGSA, Director of the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University, and Professor of Gerontology and Sociology.

Over the last two decades, the phrase “aging and work” has evolved from its status as an oxymoron to a well-understood reality. It is now clearly recognized that the three-legged stool of retirement security (i.e., employer-sponsored pensions, Social Security in the United States, and individual savings) is rickety at best. More people need to work beyond conventional retirement ages to sustain their financial security in the face of longer lives and growing expenses. This need is paramount for older adults in general, but even greater for low-income, racial and ethnic minority, and blue-collar older workers. While perceived and/or real age discrimination has been identified as a factor limiting options for older adults, less is known about factors that mitigate against such perceptions of unfairness and injustice. This two-part webinar series from The Gerontological Society of America aims to: (1) identify the challenges of underrepresented older workers in their efforts to obtain or retain employment and (2) identify strategies for overcoming those challenges for people who either want or need to work in later life.

Series organized by:

  • Jacquelyn B. James, PhD, FGSA, Director of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work, and Co-director of the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College
  • Kendra Jason, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and member of the Steering Committee for the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work.

NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA) Funding Opportunities and Data Sources
(HIV and Aging: Data Access, Availability, and Research Funding Opportunities Webinar Series)

Coming in 2020

This webinar will provide information about existing publicly available NIA data sources for conducting secondary research related to HIV and aging, including information about several cross-national longitudinal studies in addition to U.S. data sources. The presenters also will discuss current NIA funding opportunities in HIV and aging research with an emphasis on those that relate to secondary data.

Presented by:

  • Marcia Holstad, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Co-Director, Emory CFAR HIV and Aging Scientific Working Group; Emory Co-Lead, NIH Inter CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group
  • Molly M. Perkins, PhD, Co-Director, Emory CFAR HIV and Aging Scientific Working Group; Emory Co-Lead, NIH Inter CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group

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