Jo-Ana Chase and Alma Vega: Butler-Williams Scholars Program

Two Penn Nursing postdoctoral research fellows from the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health—Alma Vega and Jo-Ana Chase—were selected for the National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) Butler-Williams (B-W) Scholars Program, held in July on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

The B-W Scholars Program is sponsored by the NIA, with support from the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, and accepts 50 scholars annually.

During the NIA B-W Scholars Program, Dr. Vega discussed her proposal to study the personal costs of informal family caregiving among immigrant communities and resulting savings to Medicaid and Medicare programs. Dr. Chase discussed her proposed study using national CMS data to investigate racial/ethnic disparities in physical functioning outcomes among older adults receiving home care after hospitalization.