NEW YORK, 25 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Department of Community Education and Outreach at the Special Surgery Hospital (HSS) received the Betty J. Cleckley Research Award on Minority Issues at the American Annual Meeting Public Health Association (APHA).
The award recognizes people in aging and public health research who have had a significant impact on the lives of older people who are members of minority groups, according to the APHA. The organization notes that reducing health disparities and improving access to health and long-term care services are important issues for minority populations in United States.
HSS is the award recipient for his manuscript titled “Using Alternative Strategies to Keep Underserved and Vulnerable Communities Socially Connected”. Bonnie mcgrath, Senior Author and Program Assistant, Regional Markets Education & Outreach at HSS, accepted the award virtually at the APHA Aging and Public Health Awards Ceremony on October 25.
“When the pandemic started, it was essential for us to continue providing services to our underserved and vulnerable populations, including the elderly,” McGrath explained. “Working closely with our community partners, the HSS team assessed the needs of the community and identified strategies for implementing programs that individuals could access from their homes. It is truly an honor that our work is recognized by the APHA.
HSS has successfully transitioned many face-to-face programs to conference calls or video conferences with Zoom. New programs, on-demand videos, and offerings in a safe outdoor space with social distancing have been added over time. Focus groups, phone interviews and surveys were used to assess the effectiveness of the program, McGrath explained. Data collection indicated that the offers made participants feel calmer and more relaxed; they appreciated the opportunity to connect with others; and they learned skills to deal with stress and anxiety.
“Our capacity to adapt and innovate has allowed us to implement new program formats to reach the diverse communities we serve, providing support, an opportunity for physical activity and social connections,” said Sandra Goldsmith, Assistant Vice President, HSS Education Institute. “The communities we serve were open to these changes, and it is gratifying to have the opportunity to play an ongoing role in supporting their health.
HSS is the world’s first academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its heart is Hospital for Special Surgery, ranked # 1 in Orthopedics (for 12th consecutive year), # 4 in Rheumatology by US News & World Report (2021-2022) and Best Pediatric Orthopedic Hospital in New York, NJ. and CT by US News & World Report list “Best Children’s Hospitals” (2021-2022). HSS is ranked world # 1 in orthopedics by Newsweek (2021-2022). Founded in 1863, the hospital has the country’s lowest complication and readmission rates for orthopedics, and among the lowest infection rates. HSS was the first to New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services from the American Nurses Credentialing Center five consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. A subsidiary of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State, As well as inside Florida. In addition to patient care, HSS is a leader in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members who are dedicated to the advancement of musculoskeletal health through the prevention of degeneration, repair and regeneration of tissues. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was established in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapies and devices. The HSS Education Institute is a trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal knowledge and research for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, university interns, and consumers in more than 130 countries. The institution works with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely available nationally and internationally. www.hss.edu.
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