Coleman wins GSA's 2009 Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging

October 13, 2009

Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH, of the University of Colorado Denver has been chosen by The Gerontological Society of America">Gerontological Society of America (GSA) -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- to receive the 2009 Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging.

This honor, given annually, recognizes instances of practice informed by research and analysis, research that directly improved policy or practice, and distinction in bridging the worlds of research and practice.

The award presentation will take place at GSA's 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 18 to 22, 2009, in Atlanta, GA. This conference is organized to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, educators, and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process. Visit www.geron.org/am for further details.

Coleman is a professor of medicine within the Divisions of Health Care Policy and Research and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. He is also director of the school's Care Transitions Program.

Additionally, Coleman is the executive director of the Practice Change Fellows Program, which is designed to build leadership capacity among health care professionals who are responsible for geriatric programs and service lines. As a board-certified geriatrician, Coleman maintains direct patient care responsibility for older adults in ambulatory, acute, and subacute care settings.

Coleman's research focuses on enhancing the role of patients and caregivers in improving the quality of their care transitions across acute and post-acute settings; measuring quality of care transitions from the perspective of patients and caregivers; implementing system-level quality improvement interventions; and using health information technology to promote safe and effective care transitions.

Individuals who are mid-career and actively engaged in the conception and development of innovative programs that demonstrate excellence in translating research into practical application or policy are eligible for this prize. The winner traditionally presents a lecture at the Annual Scientific Meeting the following year. The award is made possible through a generous grant from The New York Community Trust's Maxwell A. Pollack fund.
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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society -- and its 5,200+ members -- is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA's structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education.

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