The Policy and Communications Core of Silberman Aging aims to translate and disseminate community-based research into innovative policy and practice applications, as well as inform the development of educational curricula and other resources for the emerging generation of gerontological social work practitioners, scholars, and policymakers.

How Do We Do This?

  • Identifying innovative community-based research and practice related to healthy urban aging among underrepresented communities.
  • Empowering a diverse network of stakeholders by disseminating results of research and practice models, including formal and informal caregiving systems, policymakers, practitioners, and educators.
  • Collaborating with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) ,the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) Social Work Fellows and other relevant organizations to train social workers to become effective advocates for policy initiatives that improve the lives of older adults.
  • Promoting the visibility of policy and systems change efforts through an Annual Conference on Social Work in Aging in Diverse Urban Environments.
  • Convening dialogues to improve the communication between researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.
  • Leveraging and capitalizing on existing relationships within the Hartford Social Work Alumni Network as well as inter-professional relationships with medicine, nursing, psychology, and other disciplines to build a strong constituency of stakeholders in the arena of health and urban aging. This constituency will inform innovations in practice and policy across the aging network and support improved health and long term supportive services among underrepresented urban communities.