We seek to develop a governance structure that involves of a broad cross section of experts, informants and stakeholders to advance excellence in the care and treatment of older adults. As our strategic planning continues, we will expand and refine our partnership groups.

Community Partnerships

The Innovation Leaders group is composed of services and settings that have demonstrated a commitment to (a) evaluating best practices through research; (b) adopting best practices as the standard of care in their setting; and (c) collaborating with diverse entities to advance the effectiveness and quality of innovative practices and products that maximize optimal aging and adaptive function.  These representatives assist the Center to:

  • Identify gaps that interfere with optimal aging and adaptive function that may be addressed through research or practice changes;
  • Develop and implement evidence-based practices and products through research and training grants;
  • Evaluate the adoption of evidence-based practices and products as the “standard of care” in their setting; and
  • Advance the Center’s partnerships with industry, academic settings, and policy-makers to promote development and adoption of evidence-based practices and products.

In 2019, the Quad Cities Skilled Nursing Facility Coalition targeted sepsis as a key educational topic to help reach their goal of reducing unplanned transfers to acute care settings.  The resources provided below were identified by the Coalition Sepsis Education Sub-Committee and approved by Coalition members. The Csomay Center is pleased to support this effort by providing a single access site to educational tools and resources that are offered by other experts, including the CDC and Sepsis Alliance.

 

Click here to continue to the Quad Cities Coalition page

The Research Partners Network is composed of senior living settings, community and home-based services, other agencies and programs that are geriatric-specific and interested in the advancement of knowledge and adoption of best practices to promote optimal care and adaptive function among older adults. They advance rapid uptake of Csomay Center supported research projects by:

  • Providing clear communication pathways to discuss research participation options with Csomay staff;
  • Rapidly evaluating the “fit” of research proposals/ideas offered relevant to current needs and demands;
  • Collaborating in research that matches organizational needs and issues; and
  • Assisting in the identification of barriers and facilitators that advance research implementation in community settings.

The Council is composed of community leaders who represent practice, policy, education, and research locally and statewide. These individuals inform, assist, and guide the Center to: 

  • Identify and pursue collaborative relationships and funding opportunities that advance our mission;
  • Use local, regional, and national aging/older adult/geriatric trends and data to inform activities; and
  • Prioritize activities to best address gerontological/geriatric educational, care/treatment, and research needs now and in the future.

 

  • Julie Zerwic, Kelting Dean, Professor, University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Harleah Buck, Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor in Gerontological Nursing, Director of the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence, University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Keela Herr, Kelting Professor in Nursing, Associate Dean for Faculty, Co-Director of the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence, University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Ryleigh Maas, Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence Program Coordinator University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Dayna Ballantyne, The University of Iowa Center for Advancement, Director of Development, College of Nursing
  • Kathryn Machovsky, Executive Director of Communications, Alumni and External Relations, University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Larry Newman, Assistant Professor (Clinical), Director, AG-PCNP Program, University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Mercedes Bern-Klug, Director, School of Social Work, Hartford Faculty Scholar, Professor, University of Iowa School of Social Work
  • Ryan Carnahan, Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Epidemiology, University of Iowa College of Public Health
  • Linda Seydel, Program Director, Iowa Geriatric Education Center, University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Jane Stickney, Associate Professor (Instructional), University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Kathleen Buckwalter, Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Amy Colbert, Leonard A. Hadley Chair in Leadership, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Iowa Tippie College of Business
  • Leonard Sandler, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Juliana De Souza Talarico, Associate Professor, University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Wen Liu, Associate Professor, University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Sato Ashida, Associate Professor, Department of Community and Behavioral Health, University of Iowa College of Public Health

 

 

Academic Partnerships

The College of Nursing offers courses and programs of study to prepare nurses with knowledge and skills in gerontological nursing.

Bachelors of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Program
    Students in the BSN program gain excellent basic preparation to care for older persons in a variety of settings. All students take a required course in Gerontological Nursing and a clinical practicum in settings that serve older adults, including older person's homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and community-based agencies.  
Graduate Programs
  • Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    The DNP program offers two Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner options, one for primary care and another for acute care practice. In addition, the Family Practice and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs both focus on older adult care as part of lifespan care. 
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Students in the PhD program may focus their research preparation in gerontological nursing by collaborating with geriatric/gerontological faculty leaders.   

    The College of Nursing offers courses and programs of study to prepare nurses with knowledge and skills in gerontological nursing.

    Bachelors of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Program
    Students in the BSN program gain excellent basic preparation to care for older persons in a variety of settings. All students take a required course in Gerontological Nursing and a clinical practicum in settings that serve older adults, including older person's homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and community-based agencies.  
  • Graduate Programs
  • Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    The DNP program offers two Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner options, one for primary care and another for acute care practice. In addition, the Family Practice and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs both focus on older adult care as part of lifespan care. 
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Students in the PhD program may focus their research preparation in gerontological nursing by collaborating with geriatric/gerontological faculty leaders.   

The Aging and Longevity Studies Program is a multidisciplinary certificate/minor program for any University of Iowa student. The certificate requires 18 credits (including an internship) and the minor requires 15 hours (no internship).  Visit the Aging and Longevity Studies Program for more information.  Contact Mercedes Bern-Klug with your questions.  

Program Overview


The Young Gerontological Nurse Clinician program (YGNC) is a 1-3 year mentored program for undergraduate nursing students who are interested in gerontological nursing.  This unique opportunity offers a variety of “hands-on” experiences with older adults in clinical settings. Students have the opportunity to complete clinical projects under the direction of a faculty mentor or expert geriatric clinician on a topic of interest.  In addition, eligible students may register for Independent Study or Honors Independent Study credit toward graduation. 

Although YGNC experiences vary based on the interests of students and availability of funding, the Center works to provide students with a broad exposure to innovative geriatric programs and services, participation in professional conferences, and both clinical and research learning experiences beyond their traditional coursework and practicum. 

For more information about the program and how to apply, visit YGNC Program