Isabella Geriatric Center Receives Funding for a Community-Based Participatory Research Training and Pilot Awards Program

This Fall the Irving Institute's Community Engagement Core Resource (CECR) announced the 2015 Community Based Participatory Research pilot award recipients. One of the three team recipients of the 2015 pilot awards are Marilyn Pacheco, Assistant Director of Marketing & Program Director for the Institute for Older Adults at Isabella Geriatric Center and Mary Sormanti, PhD, MS Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia School of Social Work.

The Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) pilot awards are part of a training and pilot funding program to build capacity among Columbia University faculty and administrators from non-profit and community based organizations serving upper Manhattan to undertake academic-community research partnerships. 

This program provides one-time, $40,000, awards for academic-community research teams to conduct pilot studies needed for future independent funding. 

Congratulations to Marilyn Pacheco & Mary Sormanti on their proposal of “StoryWorks in The Heights” a community-based research project that will engage interested Washington Heights residents age 50 and older in a brief creative arts group.  Pacheco and Sormanti hope the research will provide valuable information about the use of creative arts groups for older adults in Washington Heights and in other communities.  

The groups for this project will begin in January 2017.  For more information, contact
Marilyn Pacheco at (212) 342-9224 or at mpacheco@isabella.org.

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Isabella Geriatric Center Receives Funding for a Community-Based Participatory Research Training and Pilot Awards Program