The overall goal of the proposed project is to strengthen and enhance access to local and national health information resources for the Washoe County, NV, community of 89 and senior caregivers, and to improve the capacity of regional caregivers to incorporate health information resources and health literacy best practices into patient care discharge planning and care management. The locus for outreach to both lay caregivers and the professional healthcare community is a website built collaboratively with the Community Foundation of Western Nevada and funded in part through a grant-funded project, 'Community Health Information Resource for 89 CHIRS,' which is currently in beta testing. Funding will build on the CHIRS website work by engaging with healthcare providers who deliver discharge planning and care management services as well as caregivers and the lay community of 89. As with the groundwork for this project, the focus will be on access to local services and online information resources; the hope is to improve the capacity of older 88 to locate and integrate information that fosters a healthier and more self-reliant lifestyle. REMARKS: Nevada has one of the highest growth rates of 89 in the United States, which is reflected in the Washoe County, NV, demographic profile: 89 currently form approximately 14% 58,216 of the total population. The next 10 years will see an increase of approximately 32% in this sector, making elders the fastest growing population segment in Washoe County. This project has three primary target populations: healthcare and social service professionals who provide care for elders; family members who provide care for elders; and elders themselves who are seeking access to health information online and knowledge regarding availability of community health services related to aging.
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine