The Wisconsin Hospital Association has been invited to serve on the Advisory Board for a new pilot project, “Creating Connected Aging Communities in Rural Wisconsin.” Beginning in 2017 and running through October 2018, the University of Wisconsin Extension will lead an endeavor to form two community pilots in rural Wisconsin to create a system for supporting senior citizens to live independently through the use of technology supported by a robust human network.
The goals of the pilot project are twofold:
- Facilitate and assist two communities to create a system for supporting senior citizens to live independently through the use of technology supported by a robust human network; and,
- Conduct applied research throughout the process to ensure the project can be sustained by and replicated in other Wisconsin communities and beyond.
The Advisory Board membership consists of individuals who bring expertise in four distinct areas: comprehensive health and wellbeing of senior citizens; rural community development in the broadest sense; meaningful use of technology; and public policy.
“WHA is excited for the opportunity to be involved in this innovative pilot program,” said WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding. “This project has the potential to dovetail nicely with WHA’s work on issues related to post-acute care. If successful, this program will assist rural hospitals in helping elderly individuals gain access to needed supports, which will increase the likelihood of successful outcomes after hospital discharge.”
Laura Rose, WHA vice president of policy development, who is leading WHA’s efforts in post-acute care, will represent WHA on this new Board. The Board plans to meet in April.