Partner Program

Georgia State University is the largest and one of four research universities in the University System of Georgia, a leading urban research institution in the Southeast, and among the most innovative universities in the United States. Georgia State is committed to the successful education of all students at all levels, especially minority students.

The GSU Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions is located on the campus in Atlanta. The School of Nursing offers Ph.D. and DNP programs and currently has 277 undergraduate nursing students and approximately 316 master's students in several specialty nursing areas. Lewis College has graduated more than 5,000 nurses, NPs, educators, and researchers to serve in GA and beyond. Their mission: to prepare the next generation of clinicians and scholars who collectively enhance individual and community health in a culturally diverse society. Their strategic priority around collaboration is to strengthen relationships with local health partners from community-based partners to tertiary care centers.

The Georgia Health Policy Center worked with the Georgia Division of Aging Services and local Area Agencies on Aging to develop a dissemination plan and marketing toolkit for the Georgia HealthMatters programs. These resources provide tools and materials to implement a coordinated, statewide marketing effort for the Georgia HealthMatters programs. In partnership with DAS, Area Agencies on Aging facilitate and deliver the Georgia HealthMatters programs in their region. This includes leading local partnership development, recruiting, and training peer leaders, and marketing the programs and workshops to potential participants.

Georgia HealthMatters offers a collection of community-based health promotion and disease prevention programs. These community-based programs promote healthy aging by focusing on chronic disease management and healthy living related to nutrition, physical activity, and positive aging. Programs are evidence-based, individually focused, and deliver proven results.

Georgia State University's Gerontology Institute is a university-wide unit responsible for the development and coordination of instruction, research, and community service activities in gerontology. Building on 50 years of gerontological education, the Institute is among the oldest and most accomplished gerontology programs in the Southeast offering undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. Faculty are research active, receiving funding from federal and private funders, including the National Institutes of Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Hitachi Foundation. Faculty, staff, and students are committed to the Institute's tagline, "Leading the way in an aging society," and are dedicated to improving quality of life and making a difference in the lives of older adults and those who support them.

The Gerontology Institute is engaged in the Georgia Gear partnership with Dad's Garage, the improvisational theatre company. Together, we are developing and advancing research and programs focused on improv training for care partners of persons living with dementia, including family and friends, health care professionals, and direct care workers. The goal is to improve dementia care experiences through the application of improv techniques.