Current Projects

Sharing is Caring: Expanding Patient and Caregiver Access to Health Information in the Age of HIPAA

The New York State Health Foundation funded Brookdale to study HIPAA’s role in the exchange of health information between healthcare providers and older patients and their caregivers throughout New York State.  This is an issue for community-dwelling older adults because they exist in a network of caregivers, and the exchange of health information between healthcare practitioner, patient and caregivers is crucial for coordination and continuity of healthcare.  Older adults are disproportionately more likely to experience periods of diminished capacity, and during those episodes, the exchange of health information with their caregivers is essential to ensure their maintenance in the community.

If you are interested in learning about the findings of this research study, dissemination to stakeholders will take place in:

  • Long Island: May 16, 2017
  • Rochester: August 15, 2017
  • Manhattan: August 17, 2017
  • Buffalo: October 2017

For more information, please contact Dr. Montini.


Considering a United Kingdom Innovative Model of Social Support for Older Adults Returning to US Communities Post Incarceration

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded Brookdale and the Osborne Association to work with RECOOP to support communities to better integrate formerly incarcerated older adults returning home.  Older adults who return to the community after release from prison face distinct challenges including higher rates of chronic illnesses and mortality, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and weakened social ties.  The success of the transition depends not only on individual readiness, but also upon the degree of community receptivity.  The project will strengthen the community as a whole and foster a culture of health by enhancing social inclusion, re-engaging families, and catalyzing resilience.

If you are interested in becoming a community partner on this project, networking workshops will be held in:

  • South Bronx: November 2017
  • Brooklyn: March 2018

For more information, please contact Dr. Montini.


Building the “Science of Translation” Using the Case of Marijuana Legalization


The National Institute on Drug Abuse funded Dr. Theresa Montini to study the degree to which empirical scientific research informs public health policy changes.  Because future policy tends to build on current policy, it is imperative that we understand how empirical scientific research is used in the public health policy decision process.  Using four case studies of the legalization of marijuana, the long-term objective is to contribute to the science of translation by using these case studies to explain and predict the conditions under which research will be used to inform public health policy decisions.

For more information, please contact Dr. Montini.


Analysis of Secondary Data from the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Data Repository

The Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group funded Dr. Angela Ghesquiere to conduct a secondary analysis of data from the Reducing End-of-Life Symptoms with Touch (REST) study.  The REST study is a randomized controlled trial comparing therapeutic massage to simple touch for hospice patients experiencing pain.  The funded research will examine whether, across treatment groups in the REST study, pre-treatment psychological symptoms are associated with any differences in study outcomes.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ghesquiere.