CHAI & The Goodman Group Scholarship Program

The Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation (CHAI) is again working with the Goodman Group to provide thoughtful innovation to support older adults. Specifically, The Goodman Group is reaching out to the inspiring future leaders at the University of Minnesota to assist in finding innovative ways to prevent falls among older people.

The innovation or program could address one of the following areas:

  • Innovative tools that address fall prevention or fall detection for our seniors.
  • Technology that supports an older person’s desire to remain informed and integrated in the community.
  • Program development that lays out creative strategies for safe fall prevention.

Each student or groups of students who participate will be asked to make a 30 minute presentation to The Goodman Group Leadership Team (in a Shark Tank like fashion). All presentations will be accompanied with a written description detailing the project. Goodman Group is offering this opportunity to the first 10 students or groups of students willing to participate, and will pay each student or group of participating students $1,000.

The Goodman Group, a privately held company, manages senior living and health care communities, residential communities and commercial properties that provide homes and services for more than 10,800 residents and employment for over 4,000 individuals. Together, the Goodman Group Organization strives to carry on Sidney and John Goodman’s legacies of leadership, growth, kindness, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

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2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients

“GeriLand”: A Fall-Risk Education Board Game

Hannah Garrett, Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Candidate

Senior Prom Dance Events

Arantxa Hernandez-Chaire, MPH Candidate, Xiomara Santana, MPH Candidate, Maya Benedict, MPH Candidate, Abby Wenninger, MPH Candidate

Fall and Frailty Detector

Meena N. Murugappan, PharmD, MPH, PhD Candidate 

Community Health Workers: A Holistic Intervention for Fall Reduction & More

Chao Yang, MPH Candidate

Use Lift-N-Lower Hubs at Home to Prevent Falls and Inspire Well-being

Heather Ferguson, MSW Candidate

Senior Loneliness: Radio Programming

Madeline Turbes, MPH Candidate

An Internet Radio Station Broadcast hosted by Independent Living Senior Volunteers with the goal of allowing connection and shared sense of nostalgia for senior residents as well as a sense of purpose for volunteers.

Madeline Turbes

Madeline Turbes, Master of Public Health Candidate

“I was excited about the opportunity to get hands on experience developing an idea and program to help solve an issue I care deeply about. I came to the School of Public Health with the aim to work on senior mental health and was able to get involved in that work right away. I enjoyed being able to integrate theory, research, problem solving and creativity all in one project with the potential to make an impact for older adults experiencing loneliness. Pitching the idea to a board was a great experience that I felt was unique to have as a graduate student. I am thrilled that the Goodman Group is moving forward with my idea and am grateful for the opportunity to build a relationship with this organization.”

The Connection Garden – Green Space for Growing Relationships and Health

Odichinma Akosionu, MPH, Ph.D. Candidate, Manami Bhattacharya, MS, Ph.D. Candidate, Cydney McGuire, MPH, Ph.D. Candidate

A community-engaged gardening program to foster connections, healthy behaviors, and opportunities to be involved in the planning and execution of the project for residents, staff, and guests.

Connection – Mobile App

Alexandria Kristensen-Cabrera, M.D.-Ph.D. Candidate

Development of an application that leverages existing social media platforms and content to format and customize an experience for elderly consumption.

In-house Podcast

Michelle Berning, M.D Candidate

In in-house “podcast show” featuring stories, interviews, and favorite music from senior living residents to promote community, purpose, and inclusivity.

Creating Communities

Karen Chen, MPH Candidate

An intergenerational program involving senior living residents, college, and high school students that would focus on engagement and creativity to develop groups and projects based on interest.

“The Buddy Program”

Victoria Anderson, MPH Candidate

A virtual visit program designed to match and engage aging adults confined to long-term or home-bound care with volunteer companionship.

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