Citing an analogy used by those in public health fields, Tina Bloom explains that health providers wait on the banks of the river to rescue people who have fallen in and are drowning. But Bloom wants to help more and help earlier. “At some point, you start to think about what’s happening upriver,” she says. As an assistant professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing, her research focuses on safety planning for women in abusive relationships; specifically, she is designing and testing a website that might help women find ways to lessen their danger.
In her twelve years as a nursing home director, Professor Marilyn Rantz says that she has never once met an individual who wanted to be in the facility. Most view the idea of entering a nursing home as a dreadful specter that they would be happy to avoid. As a professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing, Rantz has developed a collaborative project designed to change that attitude from dread into anticipation and even excitement.
Bloom’s background is in nursing, and she has been interested in women’s health from the start. “I always kind of circle back to that in terms of what I’m interested in and what I’m passionate about,” she explains. While conducting nursing research in Oregon, she realized she could help more people if she went back to school. At a certain point, Bloom began to wonder about what was happening upstream and why people were falling into the water in the first place.
When complete, the decision aid will be available in physicians’ offices, libraries, and other safe places where women can find and use it. Bloom’s study will monitor how often women use the interactive, individualized website as compared with a control group using a more static website, as well as document their exposures to violence and their mental health outcomes.
Through the Center, nurses are being trained to focus on mental health. “If we keep focused on looking at the whole person, continue to be as proactive as we can, we will be better off,” Koller says.
Gallimore has merged her academic research with social activism. While her background in linguistic theory is useful in understanding certain linguistic phenomena, she acknowledges that “if I go speak about the semiotics of the language of the genocide, that’s something that academicians would understand, but it may not be useful for someone outside of the association.” Realizing this limitation, she founded Step Up! American Association for Rwandan Women, an organization that recognizes the reality that “the needs of the Rwandan women are enormous. Not only are there concerns for practical things such as jobs, food, and school supplies, but the mental health needs have largely remained unaddressed. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety remain as an aftermath of the intense horror of the genocide.” Step Up has developed a number of projects to help redress these problems.
See how sensors operate in one resident’s apartment.
Social programming at TigerPlace (e.g., poker night, the “happy feet” group, landscaping, and other volunteer-run activities)
That the building is licensed as an intermediate care facility is important because it satisfies regulations associated with most insurance plans (including Medicare); thus residents will not be forced to move when their needs increase.
The TigerPlace project is a collaboration across multiple departments of the MU campus. Listen to different team members introduce themselves and explain their involvement in the project.
Continuation of the research team introductions.
Come see a studio apartment at TigerPlace.
Come on a virtual tour of one of the apartments at TigerPlace.
Staffed by nurses and a nurse practitioner, the Tiger Care Center conducts a complete medical assessment upon admission, working to manage chronic illnesses so that residents can stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible.
The history of how TigerPlace came to into being.