In December of 2010, the National Housing Conference and its research affiliate, the Center for Housing Policy, released two reports identifying specific regulatory and administrative changes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could adopt to improve access to mainstream supportive services by residents of subsidized housing and facilitate and encourage the development and preservation of affordable and workforce housing in location-efficient areas.

The McHugh Long-Term Care Nursing Academy was established at the Center for Applied Research in 2005 to support quality nurse managers in long-term care settings. The Academy has published Scanning the Field: Nursing Leadership in Long-Term Care, a report that explores management training and leadership development programs and highlights major observations, cross-cutting themes, promising practices and issues for future consideration and action.

The WellElder Program brings myriad benefits to low-income older people and their housing developments, families and health providers, according to a recent evaluation by the Center for Applied Research. The California-based program pairs the knowledge and expertise of a nurse health educator and a resident services coordinator to help residents remain independent.

Abundant Life is a structured wellness program that fosters wellness through the philosophy that every person is an inseperable unity of body, mind, and spirit and that care for the whole person contributes to well being and fuller, more meaningful life. This research initiative focused on the development of the healthcare workforce through support for self-care with the assumption that improving the wellness of the nursing workforce will contribute to quality care. Results demonstrated that the program had a positive effect on the lives and well-being of the nursing staff, both personally and professionally.

Five organizations, including the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research, have designed a series of continuing education curricula for California's direct-care workforce. The in-service training modules, supported by The SCAN Foundation, are available free of charge through a special SCAN web portal.


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