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HSREI has established a formal mechanism and research collaboration network through which Summa and outside researchers can join forces. The group (called ICARE) meets monthly to discuss potential research partnerships.

ICARE is a collaboration of researchers within Summa’s Health Services Research and Education Institute (HSREI) and researchers from The University of Akron, Kent State University, NEOUCOM/NEOUCOP, and the Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc. Representatives from these agencies include physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, sociologists, and psychiatrists who recognize the value of interdisciplinary collaboration and the exchange of essential knowledge, skills, and resources.

The mission of ICARE is to build a strong network and partnerships, creating a foundation for interdisciplinary geriatric research and education. Members share a vision for ICARE to become an internationally renowned center of excellence in geriatric education and research.

ICARE members share the following goals:

  • Support integration of clinical and academic research.
  • Build a strong network of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research focused on geriatric health, aging, chronic illness care issues, and end-of-life care issues.
  • Develop partnerships with community agencies.
  • Provide opportunities for development of academic and clinical faculty.
  • Strive for innovation in geriatric research, education and practice.
  • Foster development of students in ongoing research and education to provide infrastructure for research projects for students.
  • Develop an infrastructure to support identification of beneficial grant opportunities as well as support in grant writing and a repository for information.
  • Promote educational initiatives through this consortium to enhance knowledge, educational programs, and curriculum for aging health and policy issues, geriatric medicine and nursing, and gerontology.

Among the projects that are currently in progress are the following:

  • The PEACE Trial (Promoting Effective Advanced Care for Elders)
  • Medication Adherence
  • Nursing Home to Home Study
  • Use of iPhones for Self Management After Stroke Study