The Bernard Osher Foundation
The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts.
The Foundation provides post-secondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, with special attention to reentry students. It also benefits programs in integrative medicine in the United States and Sweden, including centers at the University of California, San Francisco; Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. In addition, the Foundation supports a national lifelong learning network for seasoned adults. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, operating on the campuses of 119 institutions of higher education from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska, have a National Resource Center at the University of Southern Maine. Finally, an array of performing arts organizations, museums, and selected educational programs in Northern California and in Mr. Osher’s native state of Maine receive Foundation grants.
Visit the Bernard Osher Foundation website at http://www.osherfoundation.org.
WVU School of Public Health
The School of Public Health is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The School's resources and capacity for research, innovation, discovery, and partnerships makes West Virginia University a foundational choice for a career in public health practice and/or academia.
As the first and only School of Public Health in West Virginia, we support the WVU and the Health Sciences 2020 Strategic Plans by making it our mission to improve the health of West Virginians through innovation and leadership in education, research, and service.
The School's faculty have performed nationally recognized work in competitive, externally funded centers, such as the West Virginia Rural Health Research Center, the Translational Tobacco Reduction Research Program, the Office of Health Services Research, the WVU Biostatistics Consulting Group, the Center on Aging, the Institute for Occupational and Environmental Health, the Office of Public Health Practice and the West Virginia Prevention Research Center.
Visit the WVU School of Public Health's website at http://publichealth.hsc.wvu.edu.
WV Geriatric Education Center
West Virginia Geriatric Education Center (WVGEC) strives to improve the quality of life for senior resident's statewide. Their desire is to provide relevant and valuable resources and training to caregivers, seniors, families, healthcare professionals, faculty, students, and practitioners to ensure they provide the best geriatric care nationwide.
WVGEC is locate at WVU - Health Sciences Center, in Charleston WV. They work cooperatively with geriatric stakeholders throughout the state, such as, the Bureau of Senior Services, Alzheimer's Association, WV Medical Institute, Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Medical School, WV Partnership for Living, OLLI and others throughout the state.
Visit the WVGEC website at http://www.wvgec.org.
The School of Social Work
The School of Social Work at WVU is setting standards for the profession and helping shape the future. Housed within the school is the West Virginia Summer Institute on Aging, which is an annual conference in Morgantown that covers aging policy and services.
Find out more by visiting the school's continuing education site at http://socialwork.wvu.edu/continuing-education.
National Resource Center (NRC) for OLLIs
The National Resource Center (NRC) for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes is headquartered at the School of Professional Studies on the downtown Chicago campus of Northwestern University. The NRC serves as the national center for the network of 119 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLIs) throughout all 50 states.
The National Resource Center plays a lead role in disseminating information on effective educational programming for older learners. In addition to providing information and connections via this web site, the NRC plans and coordinates national conferences and provides a range of ways to help OLLIs connect and collaborate with one another.
Visit the National OLLI's website at http://nrc.northwestern.edu.