The Center strives to promote collaborative relationships between researchers and community agencies for the purpose of promoting and conducting research and educational programs and seminars related to aging.

Healthy Homes for Elders

David Turcotte, Ph.D. is working in partnership with the Lowell Community Health Center and Lowell Housing Authority to implement the HUD-funded project, "Healthy Homes for Elders: Multi-Trigger, Multi-Component Environmental Interventions for Asthma." Project funded by a HUD Healthy Homes Technical Studies grant, 2013-2016 ($750,000).

Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing

Mass Senior Care Foundation, in collaboration with the Solomont School of Nursing under the leadership of Karen Devereaux Melillo, Ph.D. and Lisa Abdallah, Ph.D., established the annual Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing (FIGN), which were conducted from 2011-2016. 

Its mission is to increase the state’s capacity to educate nurses who are better prepared to provide quality care for older adults, and to increase the number of nursing students who choose to work in long-term care settings.

Melillo, K.D., Abdallah, L., Blanks, C., Campbell, I.J., & Herndon, L. (2012). Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing: A partnership for clinical education in long-term care. Nursing Education Perspectives, 33(3), 203-206.

Dedicated Education Unit in Long-Term Care

The project “UMass Lowell-D’Youville Transitional Care-Dedicated Education Unit Partnership (TC-DEU) – Enhancing Faculty, Student, and Staff Education and Opportunities in Long Term Care," was funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The goals were to improve the education of nursing students, nursing staff, and faculty in gerontological nursing and highlight nursing care for older adults transitioning from acute care settings as a practice opportunity.  

Under the leadership of Karen Devereaux Melillo and Lisa Abdallah, the goals were accomplished through a university-community partnership between UMass Lowell and D'Youville Life & Wellness Community.  Project activities included:

  • Clinical rotations for the junior UMass Lowell nursing students who work 1:1 with D’Youville TCU nurses in the delivery of patient care
  • A senior role practicum rotation
  • A summer internship opportunity for a graduated senior student 
  • A sophomore nursing student internship
Melillo, K.D.Abdallah, L., Dodge, L., Dowling, J., Prendergast, N., Rathbone, A., Remington, R., Shellman, J. & Thornton, C. (2014).  Feasibility of developing a dedicated education unit in long-term care:  Results of a pilot study.  Geriatric Nursing, 35(4), 264-271.