The Center for Victim Research invites you to attend our upcoming webinar, “Preventing Elder Abuse Through Research-and-Practice Collaboration: The EMPOWER Program Demonstration" on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 from 2 to 3 pm ET.
The EMPOWER: Building Late-Life Resilience program is one of two rigorous, multi-phase demonstration projects funded by the National Institute of Justice to prevent the abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of community-residing older adults. During its recently completed Planning Phase, researchers at the Urban Institute worked closely with practitioners at the Area Agency on Aging, Region One, to build and pretest a theory- and evidence-informed program to strengthen vulnerable older adults' resilience.
This webinar aims to help researchers and practitioners working in similar partnerships focused on elder abuse or other victimization research, and teams interested in multi-phase evaluations - which funders are increasingly supporting. Presenters will describe EMPOWER's conceptual development and pretesting in Maricopa County, Arizona; current plans for a rigorous yet ethically responsible Pilot Study; and challenges recruiting and retaining older adults in program evaluations.
Mary Lynn Kasunic, MS, CPM is the President and CEO and Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging, Region One, a position she has held since 1990. Under her leadership, the Agency provides over 50 programs and services to more than 100,000 Maricopa County residents each year. She has responded to the unmet needs of older adults, adults with disabilities, and special populations by developing many innovative programs such as DOVES, ElderVention, Mosaic, HIV Care Directions, APS Care Coordination, and Caring Circles. In 1993, she co-founded and currently co-chairs the Maricopa Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance, and is also currently serving on the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) Board of Directors. She is involved in a variety of national, state, and local organizations, and has trained over 50 organizations across the country on developing effective elder abuse prevention coalitions.
Jennifer Yahner, MA, LTCO is a Senior Research Fellow at the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center, Associate Director of the Center for Victim Research, and a Long-Term Care Ombudsman for older adults in California. She has been conducting criminal justice research for more than 15 years on the needs and experiences of vulnerable populations, with a focus on victims of elder abuse, partner violence, and human trafficking. She received her MA in Criminology from the University of Maryland and LTCO certificate from the Council on Aging Southern California. Her research has been published in Urban Institute reports and peer-refereed journals, includingCriminology and Public Policy, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Crime and Delinquency.
Jeanette Hussemann, PhD is a Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center. Her areas of expertise include court, victimization, and juvenile justice research, as well as action, implementation, performance measurement, and program evaluations. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the Urban Institute, she served as Assistant Director at a community-based social service agency in Chicago. Her research has been published in respected, peer-reviewed journals, including Public Opinion Quarterly, Social Psychology Quarterly, Women & Criminal Justice, and the British Journal of Sociology.