As the nation’s health system expands its focus on and commitment to improving care for the growing population of older adults, the National Collaboratory to Address Elder Mistreatment (NCAEM) is pleased to announce a request for applications for its new Mentorship Program. This one-year program is intended to identify and support clinicians, service providers, researchers, policymakers, and advocates from multiple disciplines who wish to focus on improving care for older adults experiencing or at risk of experiencing elder mistreatment. The first cohort for the program will be July 2022 to June 2023. Download the application form: https://go.edc.org/NCAEM-form.

We recognize that improving elder mistreatment identification, intervention, and prevention requires supporting people with a broad range of interests and careers, and we plan to select a varied cohort to participate in this mentorship program. Applicants representing or working with underserved populations are encouraged to apply.

We welcome applications from, but not limited to, the following examples:

  • A social worker hoping to design and implement a new protocol to support older adults experiencing elder mistreatment in the community
  • A physician-scientist examining the potential for health care-based elder mistreatment screening and prevention strategies
  • A gerontologist exploring the impact of loneliness, social isolation, and efforts to mitigate these factors on elder mistreatment
  • A nurse hoping to strengthen the connection between her hospital and Adult Protective Services, the Area Agency on Aging, and other community-based agencies
  • A social worker or social science researcher interested in exploring the impact of ageism in elder mistreatment among older adults of different races and ethnicities
  • A mid-career researcher who has made important contributions with a different focus but wants to transition to working on elder mistreatment issues
  • An emergency department nurse who is serving as a clinical champion for an intervention designed to improve identification and response for elder mistreatment
  • A community organizer, prosecutor, or other professional interested in impacting policy through advocacy and new laws

Mentees will:

  • Be paired with an expert mentor who has shared interests and experience
  • Meet with their mentor at least monthly, virtually or in person
  • Design and complete a project of their choosing
  • Attend (with travel and hotel expenses paid by the program) and present their project at a special two-day convening in Bethesda, Maryland, in June 2023

Mentorship can be integral to all aspects of career development, including the following:

  • Approaches to implement and measure the impact of new or revised initiatives
  • Leadership and advancement strategies
  • Connection with collaborators
  • Building social and professional capital through expanded networks
  • Access to existing and secondary data
  • Identifying funding opportunities
  • Grant writing
  • Career development advice

Eligibility

Clinicians, service providers, researchers, policymakers, and advocates from any discipline and at any career stage are welcome to apply. This includes people who are transitioning or are interested in transitioning to a focus on elder mistreatment. Currently, we are accepting only U.S. applications, but we look forward to accepting applications from outside the United States in the future.

Mentees must not currently work at an NCAEM institution (i.e., Education Development Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, the University of Texas Health Science Center, and the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California).

Application

  • Area of focus (300 words max): Describe the specific area of elder mistreatment clinical practice, research, or policy in which you hope to have a project, including, where applicable, a specific project or research question you wish to pursue
  • Statement of interest (500 words max): Describe your interest in elder mistreatment, overall career goals, and what you hope to get out of the mentorship program
  • Curriculum vitae, biosketch, or resume: Has no specific formatting requirements
  • Letter of support: May come from your department chair, supervisor, or institution

Download the application form: https://go.edc.org/NCAEM-form. The deadline for application submission is Friday, June 3, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (ET). 

Selection Criteria

  • Level of demonstrated interest in elder mistreatment
  • Likelihood that applicant will have impactful career in elder mistreatment
  • Potential for mentorship program to accelerate and/or support career development
  • Promise and/or potential impact of the proposed project

Notification

All applicants will be notified of decisions by Monday, June 20, 2022. For successful applicants, the program will start on July 1, 2022, and will run through June 30, 2023.

Inquiries

If you have any questions about the NCAEM Mentorship Program or the application process, please e-mail NCAEM@edc.org.