Nov. 5, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senior citizens living at Edgewood Terrace in northeast Washington, D.C., will have access to an array of new, high-tech health care services, thanks to a $692,282 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Technology Opportunities Program.
The Catholic University of America and Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) — a non-profit affordable housing developer that owns Edgewood Terrace — were awarded the grant to create a cooperative “Tele-health Program,” using advanced telecommunications and computer technology to monitor and improve the health of more than 300 elder residents of the housing community.
The Commerce Department’s Technology Opportunities Program promotes the use of digital, telecommunications and computer technology to benefit the community and create new jobs. The TOP office normally approves 25 to 30 projects each year — roughly 5 to 6 percent of the total grant proposals submitted.
As part of the CPDC/CUA Tele-health grant, the Tele-health program will also offer training for entry-level paraprofessional health care workers, such as nursing assistants and home health aides, increasing their opportunities for advancement and higher salaries. During the grant’s three-year term, 40 students will be trained for certification as biomedical home health care technicians who can install in-home monitoring systems, perform data tracking analysis, and operate specialized health equipment.
Catholic University’s participants in the program include an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students from the schools of engineering and nursing and its National Catholic School of Social Service. Some of their efforts will include educating and training senior citizens on home-monitoring equipment best suited for their respective health conditions. They’ll also help seniors seek care without leaving Edgewood Terrace, by using video, the Internet, and other Tele-health technologies to interact with off-site clinicians at the National Rehabilitation Hospital and the CUA School of Nursing.
“This grant continues the track record within the School of Engineering and its Department of Biomedical Engineering of innovative research in Tele-health and home health care technologies,” said Charles Nguyen, dean of CUA’s School of Engineering. “It also recognizes the collaborative efforts of CUA engineering, nursing and social work researchers to benefit the local community.”
Edgewood is located less than a mile from CUA’s campus in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC. The 16-acre, 792-unit community is home to low and moderate-income residents of all ages and is the flagship of CPDC’s mission to create vibrant communities through innovation and partnerships.
“We are excited about the combined and complementary strength of this team as we begin to use cutting-edge technologies to address pressing health care needs and create safe living environments for seniors,” said CPDC Vice President Albert J. Browne. “Our home health care technology training will also create a positive economic impact on this local community. After graduating, previously low-wage healthcare workers will be able to enter the economic mainstream.”
The Tele-health program will tap resources at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Microsoft Corporation and George Washington University. Approval for the federal funding was contingent upon CPDC and CUA identifying a matching amount of funds. They did so, bringing the total grant amount to $1.3 million. Catholic University’s portion of the grant amounts to $257,000.
MEDIA: For more information, contact Chris Harrison in the CUA Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or Patricia M. Dashiell, CPDC’s Communications Manager, at 202-895-8900.
The Catholic University of America, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church in America. Founded in 1887 and chartered by Congress, the university opened as a graduate and research institution. Undergraduate programs were introduced in 1904. Today the private and coeducational campus has approximately 5,900 undergraduate and graduate students from all states and 90 countries enrolled in 11 schools of architecture and planning, arts and sciences, canon law, engineering, philosophy, law, library and information science, music, nursing, theology and religious studies and social service.
Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) was founded in 1989 to set a new standard for affordable housing. CPDC's mission is to create vibrant communities through innovation and partnerships. To accomplish this, CPDC creates and preserves financially sound, socially responsible affordable housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families and, in cooperation with community residents, develops community programs that strengthen communities and increase opportunities for growth. Their mixed-income properties spark revitalization in neighborhoods across the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Maryland, with empowerment programs reaching well beyond their properties. Their portfolio includes 23 properties, with nearly 3,500 housing units.
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