PORTSMOUTH, Ohio- Two of Shawnee State University’s students, Daniel Farley and Dana Hinebaugh, were selected into the 2016 spring session of the Ohio Scholars in Aging program.
The Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) have partnered up to kick off the winter/spring 2016 session of the Ohio Scholars in Aging program. The program is a partnership between the state’s aging network and colleges and universities that cultivate future decision-makers and designers of aging services in Ohio, while ensuring that Ohio communities and businesses design and implement solutions that address the issues, opportunities and impact of an aging population.
Although internships vary, the Ohio Scholars in Aging program is for students who are enrolled in an internship or practicum that involves older adults or their caregivers. It links students with hands-on experience to aging-related policy at the state level. The program provides scholars of all academic backgrounds with the opportunity to learn about and contribute to aging-related policy-making, establish professional contacts and allows them to gain valuable career knowledge and skills in the field of aging. The Ohio Department of Aging and OAGE are currently recruiting for the 2016 summer session and for the 2016 fall session.
“Participation in the Scholars in Aging program has been an incredible professional opportunity for our students. They build on networking, communication skills, and get to contribute to the program,” said Dr. Christine Raber, Professor of Master of Occupational Therapy program. “These students are doing an exemplary job of representing SSU.”
Farley is a junior at SSU who is pursuing a degree in Health Care Administration at SSU. He is currently finishing up his Administrator in Training program at Kingsbrook Lifecare Center in Ashland, KY and plans to become a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.
Hinebaugh, of Youngstown, Ohio, is a second year MOT student at SSU. Starting next month, she will be starting her first level 2 fieldwork rotation at the Cleveland VA Medical Center in the Spinal Cord Unit. Upon graduating, Hinebaugh hopes to become an occupational therapist at a long-term care or skilled nursing facility in Cleveland.
“I was so pleased and proud that two SSU students voiced an interest in the Scholars in Aging program. Being familiar with the program and knowing some of the leaders at the Ohio Department of Aging, I knew it would be a great experience for them,” said Dr. Sarah Boehle, Assistant Professor for Health Care Administration.
Farley and Hinebaugh were the first students from SSU to be accepted into the Ohio Scholars in Aging program. In total, there were only 14 students from around the state of Ohio that were selected to be a part of the 2016 spring session. The program culminated with poster presentations at the annual conference of the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education at Youngstown State University.
For more information about the Ohio Scholars in Aging program, contact Dr. Boehle at [email protected] or at 740.351.3605. Students interested in applying to the Ohio Scholars in Aging program, please visit, http://oage.org/students/ohio-scholars-in-aging-program/ to fill out an application.