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Hampton University Gerontology Center of Excellence Forms New Advisory Council
12/12/2019 - #134

HAMPTON, Va. (December 12, 2019) – Hampton University’s new Center for Gerontology Excellence and Minority Aging has established its Advisory Council, including members from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Alzheimer’s Association, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and more.

“The creation of this Advisory Council for our newly formed Center for Gerontology Excellence is an important step in ensuring that exceptional health care is provided for older adults in our state. Dr. Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson has done an outstanding job on developing the Council and we are excited to witness what they will accomplish,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.

Dr. Ethlyn Gibson, Associate Professor at the Hampton University’s School of Nursing and Director, HU Center for Gerontology Excellence, said, “We are delighted to have established this important council. This diverse body of academics, clinicians, community partners and leaders will help us build programs that will address community needs, and provide community-based programming, and build greater awareness throughout the community serving older adults.”

In addition to Dr. Gibson, other members of the Council include: 

  • Dr. Travonia Brown-Hughes, Co-Chair, Assistant Professor, Hampton University School of Pharmacy
  • Dr. Christine Jensen, Director, Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health
  • Dr. Thomas Cudjoe, Johns Hopkins University – School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology
  • Dr. Marissa Galicia-Castillo, Professor of Geriatrics, EVMS Glennan Center for Geriatrics & Gerontology
  • Dr. Arkena Dailey, President of the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy
  • Dr. LaTonya Dickerson-Hughes, School of Nursing Alumni & Consultant for Joint Commission on Accreditation
  • Dr. Patricia Slattum, Professor Emeritus, Retired, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Pharmacy
  • Madeline Dunston, Education Director, EVMS Glennan Center for Geriatrics & Gerontology
  • Yolanda Rainey , Hampton University, School of Physical Therapy
  • William Massey , Executive Director, Peninsula Agency on Aging
  • Pastor (Dr.) Brian Wells , Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church, Newport News
  • Katie McDonough, LCSW, Director Programs & Services, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Tina Thomas, MSHP, BS, CADDCT, CDP, Director Programs & Services, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Dr. Shevellanie Lott, Dean, Hampton University School of Nursing
  • Dr. Linda Brown, assistant professor, Hampton University School of Nursing, College of Virginia Beach

“Each of these individuals brings a unique perspective and level of expertise to our efforts. This team will be critical in our effort to assess the needs of the community as we not only become strong advocates for older citizens of color, but all others in the region and beyond,” added Dr. Gibson.

The mission of the Gerontology Center is to advance innovative transdisciplinary approaches for older adult minorities through research and education. Pillars of engagement for the Center include:

  • Supporting & building the geriatric workforce in Virginia
  • Mentoring and supporting students
  • Fostering partnerships
  • Collaborating & promoting research

For more information on the Hampton University Gerontology Center of Excellence, please contact Dr. Ethlyn Gibson at 757-727-5657 or email: ethlyn.gibson@hamptonu.edu

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