Laura Gitlin of Community-Public Health to chair DHHS council on Alzheimer's

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Laura N. Gitlin, a professor in the Department of Community-Public Health and director of the school's Center for Innovative Care in Aging, has been named chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services. She will lead the council's efforts in developing and furthering initiatives to improve care for individuals living with Alzheimer's and related dementias and for their caregivers.

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Five faculty members were inducted as fellows in the American Academy of Nursing at the organization's annual policy conference in October. The honorees joined the 2017 class for their significant contributions to nursing, health care, and policy. The three honorees from the Department of Community-Public Health are Teresa Brockie, a research associate; and Valerie Cotter and Susan Renda, both assistant professors. From the Department of Acute and Chronic Care are Rita D'Aoust, an associate professor; and Vinciya Pandian, an assistant professor.

Laura Moro, a Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Nursing Practice program student, received this year's Gurtler Scholarship, a $60,000 scholarship designated for returning Peace Corps volunteers.

Sarah L. Szanton, a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and director of the PhD program, has been named director of the school's Center for Innovative Care in Aging. As an expert researcher and practitioner in gerontology and aging in place, Szanton has served as associate director for policy within the center since 2015. She also is adjunct faculty for international universities, including the American University of Beirut and the University of Technology, Sydney. In her new role, Szanton will oversee and lead the center's efforts in advancing and supporting the well-being of older adults and their families using novel and innovative approaches, policies, and practices.

The Disaster Nursing Interest Group, a student organization, collected nursing textbooks and more than $600 in donations to support University of the Virgin Islands students affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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