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Dec. 5, 2001
OSWEGO -- Dr. Paula Bobrowski, SUNY Oswego associate professor of marketing and management, is playing a key role in a study aiming to advance health care for the elderly.
Called "Blurring the Boundaries: Not-for-profit Elder Care Agencies and the For-profit Sector," the project is conducted under the auspices of the Foundation for Long-Term Care in Albany. The Aspen Institute, a not-for-profit organization with a mission of leveraging the power of leaders to improve the human condition, provided the grant's overall budget of $35,000. The local portion amounts to $7,000.
"The purpose of the project is to advance the understanding of the relationships that are forming between not-for-profit and for-profit eldercare agencies," Bobrowski said. The goal is to survey 555 not-for-profit eldercare agencies, all members of the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. She expects to complete the survey in July.
After the survey is completed, the research team hopes to relate why these partnerships are forming and show the positive points as well as potential pitfalls to avoid in these relationships. The team has submitted proposals to present the findings at two health care conferences directed toward CEOs, administrators and practitioners.
Bobrowski's background in health care includes work as the manager of market research and business development for Sacred Heart General Hospital in Eugene, Ore., as well as experience as a surgical nurse. These qualifications led to her selection for the project.
Carol Hegeman, the director of research for the Foundation for Long-Term Care, contacted SUNY Oswego's director of experience-based education, Dr. Paul Roodin, "looking for someone with my background," Bobrowski said. Roodin recommended Bobrowski, and she in turn suggested the addition of Thomas Dennison of Syracuse University's Maxwell School.
Bobrowski serves as the program's research consultant, helping design the survey, analyze the results and disseminate the information into publications.
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