NAFEO Support
Academics at Utica College

NAFEO Support

The National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) supports this project and has sent a letter to the Deans of the Allied Health Programs of the HBCU encouraging their faculty to participate in this project and to support the faculty's efforts to infuse aging and geriatric content into their institutions Allied Health programs. This letter is a an example of the one sent to deans of Allied Health divisions at HBCUs:

December 10, 2003

Dear Allied Health Dean/Director:

The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), in partnership with the Institute of Gerontology (Utica College, NY) and the Center for Health Disparities (Florida A&M University), is planning a 12-day workshop on cultural diversity inclusion and infusion of aging content into HBCU allied health curriculums. The project, Infusing Cross-cultural Aging Education Into Allied Health Curriculums, provides strategies for HBCU allied health faculty to meet the health care needs of our nation?s growing underserved aging population. Funded through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA-DHHS), the workshop will be offered three times; once during the summer of 2004 and twice during the summer of 2005, due to limited class size.

Two attachments that describe the project's need, curriculum and summary are included with this communication. The major expected outcome of the project is that each faculty member who attends the workshop will work with their respective academic institution's allied health program to incorporate the workshop materials into their existing programs. The goal is to insure all HBCU allied health students will have a background in gerontology and geriatrics upon graduation. The academic institution will incur no expenses for their faculty to attend and participate in the workshop.

In the very near future, you will receive correspondence from the project Co-coordinators; Dr. Ronald Lucchino (Utica College), and Dr. Barbara Mosley (Florida A&M University), that describes faculty participant selection criteria, request for the names of your allied health program chairmen, and request for commitment from your institution in supporting the post-workshop activities of the faculty in making the curriculum infusion a success.

Feel free to contact Dr. Lucchino by email at or Dr. Mosley at to clarify any questions you may have upon receipt of their letter.

We ask for your full cooperation and support in order to make this very important project succeed.


Steven Owens, MD, MPH
Deputy Director
Health Education Division

Cc: Presidents and Chancellors


Catherine Brownell, Ph.D.
220A White Hall

(315) 792-3705
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502