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May 12, 2015
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Federal award will enable key institutions to research frailty issues in Central New York aimed at finding ways to keep older adults living longer independently

Upstate’s Sharon Brangman, M.D., speaks at a press conference announcing a communitywide research project on frailty issues.

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Upstate Medical University will partner with F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse, HealtheConnections and the Southwest Community Center, to develop the Central New York Citizen’s Aging Research & Action Network (CNY-CAN) that will examine ways to keep frail local citizens living independent lives longer.

The organizations will use a $14,974 award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to build this partnership of individuals and groups who share a desire to advance patient-centered outcomes research focused on frailty across the life course.

The research work will be initiated by one of the nation’s leading geriatricians, Sharon Brangman, MD, professor of medicine and division chief of geriatric medicine at Upstate Medical University.

“Frailty is most impactful for people over the age of 85,” Brangman said. “At this age, falls, major surgery, illness and even emotional stress can have significant consequences for the frail, and require them to be totally dependent on others to live.

“What we want to do with our research into frailty is to develop a program that addresses these issues and can be shared across the community to give older adults better opportunities to live longer independently,” Brangman said.

According to U.S. Rep. John Katko: “We are proud to report that CNY-CAN is one of only 9 projects funded by PCORI in the entire Northeast and is at the cutting edge of PCORI’s work in patient-centered research.”

Charlotte (Chuckie) Holstein, executive direct or F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse, said applauded the program’s emphasis on building partnerships. “We and our HealtheConnections, Southwest Community Center and Upstate Medical Univesity partners are excited for this opportunity to engage citizens directly and in a meaningful way in research projects of importance to them.”

U.S. Rep. John Katko also praised the program: “We are proud to report that CNY-CAN is one of only 9 projects funded by PCORI in the entire Northeast and is at the cutting edge of PCORI’s work in patient-centered research.”

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions.

About the program partners

F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse is a non-profit, citizen-driven organization serving Central New York that taps citizen creativity and citizen engagement to impact change in Central New York by enabling citizens, organizations, and government to work together to enhance the quality of our lives and our economic future. F.O.C.U.S. stands for Forging our Forging Our Community’s United Strength.

HealtheConnections is a non-profit corporation that supports the meaningful use of health information technology and technology adoption and the use of community health data and best practices to enable Central New York stakeholders to transform and improve patient care, improve the health of populations and lower health care costs.

The Southwest Community Center (SWCC) is a non-profit organization serving the education social, cultural, health, employment, legal, and recreational needs of Syracuse’s low and moderate-income residents. SWCC provides its network of services to residents of predominantly African American, low-income neighborhoods of southwest inner city Syracuse.

Upstate Medical University is the only academic medical center in Central New York and the region’s largest employer. Affiliated with the State University of New York, its mission is to improve the health of the community through education, biomedical research and health care. Upstate’s Division of Geriatrics is the lead division on the PCORI project.