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FAU Associate Dean Receives Prestigious Fellowship for Health and Aging

BOCA RATON, FL (September 14, 2010) – Joseph Ouslander, M.D., associate dean for geriatric programs for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, was recently awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program for the year 2010-2011.  The goal of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is to create a cadre of professional leaders who will serve as positive change agents in health and aging policy, helping to shape a healthy and productive future for older Americans.

All fellows will participate in core program components focused on leadership in health and aging policy, and career and communications skill development.  Ouslander will follow the non-residential fellowship track for nine to twelve months, during which time he will work on a policy project with the Long Term Quality Coalition and Medicare developing quality measures for long-term care providers. 

Ouslanders’ project focus will be on avoidable hospitalizations of nursing home residents.  He will work closely with a team of health experts in creating a definition of “avoidable hospitalizations” that will potentially be implemented in the development of national healthcare policies for hospitals and nursing homes.  His work under the fellowship is a fundamental aspect of health care reform as it will help improve quality of care and reduce unnecessary health care expenditures. Savings from reducing these avoidable hospitalizations could be used to support staff and other infrastructure to improve the quality of nursing home care through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services “value based purchasing” or “pay for performance” initiatives. 

The second component of this fellowship will see Ouslander develop an interdisciplinary curriculum on health policy and aging at FAU in collaboration with FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the College of Business and the School of Social Work.  The new curriculum will add a new vital dimension to the education of future healthcare providers concentrating on a rapidly growing population, particularly in our region.

Fellows also have the opportunity to apply for second-year funding to continue components of their fellowship experience either at their placement sites, at the state or local levels, or with non-governmental organizations.

In addition to receiving this prestigious fellowship, Ouslander is the director of FAU’s Healthy Aging Research initiative. He recently received word that he has been re-elected to the board of directors of the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) Florida Affiliate, a not-for-profit, state-wide organization focused on supporting and advancing healthy aging through biomedical research.  As a founding board member of AFAR Florida, Ouslander’s efforts have been invaluable in helping to launch the organization. 

Ouslander completed his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University and attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.  He is a former professor of medicine at UCLA, where he spent 15 years developing research, educational and clinical programs, and is the former director of geriatric and gerontology at Emory University and past president and board chair of the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Healthy Aging.  Ouslander has published more than 200 original articles and book chapters, co-authored two popular textbooks and is executive editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 

 For more information, contact Giselle Reid at 561-297-1139 or

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit


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