New York Institute of Technology Launches Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics
February 4, 2008
(Old Westbury, N.Y.) New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) has announced the establishment of the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics. Based in Old Westbury and serving the greater New York metropolitan area, the center will sponsor a multidisciplinary program of education, applied research, community service, and advocacy aimed at improving the quality of life and health of older people and their families. This is one of the first in a series of graduate academic centers of excellence featuring interdisciplinary research and best-in-class work at NYIT.
The center has established four major goals: (1) to provide a better understanding of the needs of older adults and those who care for them; (2) to sponsor the education and training of students and professionals interested in careers in fields that serve the aging population; (3) to develop model programs that will improve services locally, nationally, and globally; and (4) to advance policies on the local, state, and federal levels to promote a more “aging-friendly” and “aging-capable” society.
Dennis L. Kodner, Ph.D., a gerontologist who has made substantial contributions to the field of home and community-based services as an eldercare innovator, has been appointed the center’s director. He will also serve as professor of medicine and gerontology at NYIT’s New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“Dr. Kodner brings a rich background and a passionate commitment to the well-being of older adults,” said Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., president of NYIT. “He shares our vision of the center as a complement to NYIT’s preeminence in the fields of health sciences, osteopathic medicine, technology, and business management. We look forward to working with our partners in the public and private sectors to address the challenges of an aging society.”
Kodner comes to NYIT from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he was chair and executive director of the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College, a professor of urban public health, and co-director of the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers. Before joining Hunter College, Kodner served as the senior vice president of research and innovation at Brooklyn-based Metropolitan Jewish Health System.
Kodner conducted pioneering work on managed care for the frail elderly, geriatric case management, chronic illness management, aging-in-place, and gerotechnology. He has taught at a number of prestigious medical schools in the United States and abroad, and served as a consultant to public and private organizations in the U.S., as well as in Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Israel, Netherlands, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Venezuela. In 2002 he was appointed a special advisor on long-term care to the World Health Organization. In 1999 he received the prestigious Key Award for Leadership in Gerontological Health Policy, Practice, and Research from the American Public Health Association.
“I am proud to join NYIT and eager to lead the development of a world-class center on aging, particularly in this region where we are already witnessing the aging of a large Baby Boom population,” said Kodner.
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