Clayton State University Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Victoria Foster has been selected as a Nurse Faculty Scholar to make a presentation of her study, “Factors Associated with Risky Sexual Behaviors in Older Adults” to the Hartford Policy Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C.
The purpose of the Institute, which will be held from Oct. 17, 2012 to Oct. 19, 2012, is to promote development of practical advocacy skills including communicating with policy makers, building coalitions, and developing a rapport with staff/elected officials.
Foster will be doing that, and more, since as a part of the Institute Nurse Faculty Scholars are required to make appointments on Capitol Hill to speak with Congressmen about the special needs of the aging population. Foster will be speaking to congressmen serving Clayton and Coweta counties, and her study has been selected to be presented in a mock hearing on “the Hill.”
Each year, the Hartford Policy Leadership Institute selects two participants to present "testimony" at the mock hearing. As one of the "witnesses” at the mock hearing, Foster will write a short (about three minutes) testimony about her work on "Factors Associated with Risky Sexual Behaviors in Older Adults" and then present same at the hearing.
The mock hearing will be before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, chaired by Vermont Senator Bernard Sanders. The title of the hearing is "Potential Savings with Expanded Prevention Services for Older Americans."
The Hartford Policy Leadership Institute has also given Foster the mandate to feel free to “extrapolate and paint a picture as to why this issue is a problem that needs congressional attention.”
Foster also points out that, “the major outcome of the Institute is to promote a stronger understanding of the connection between research, academic, practice and policy arenas.”