NEWS | November 27, 2018

UC Davis nursing school announces fellows program in honor of founding dean


The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis announces the Heather M. Young Fellowship Program, which establishes multiyear grants designed to advance the field of gerontological nursing and care for older adults by emerging scholars from various disciplines. Established through a $1.7 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, founders of the School of Nursing, the fellowships reflect the spirit and scholarship of Young, the school’s founding dean and a nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and healthy aging.

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“From the time the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing opened its doors in 2010 to today, it has maintained a remarkable pace of progress. Founding Dean Young is a critical part of that success,” said Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. “We supported the Heather M. Young Fellowship Program to recognize and extend Dean Young’s legacy of leadership.”

In honor of Young’s decade as dean, 10 scholars, one to three per year, will be offered the opportunity to advance nursing science, beginning in fall 2019. In keeping with the interprofessional values of the School of Nursing, scholars may represent a wide variety of disciplines; however, priority topics for research include family caregiving, enabling technology to promote healthy aging and support for older adults as they age, and community-based approaches to improving quality of life and care for older adults.

“I’m humbled that the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation chose to honor my leadership in a way that furthers our commitment to improve the intersection between families and formal health systems to promote health aging,” Young said. “I look forward to the new energy and perspectives future scholars will bring to this valuable work.”

Young stepped down from her dean role last July to contribute to the School of Nursing in a new way — championing research in family caregiving and healthy aging for older adults. She serves as co-champion of the Healthy Aging in a Digital World initiative, an effort to  use technology to bridge independent living and access to health care across a person’s lifespan and one of the university’s Big Ideas.

She joined UC Davis in 2008, after the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced its $100 million commitment in 2007 to launch a nursing school on the UC Davis Sacramento campus. Over the past decade, Young led the establishment of the school itself and its five graduate-degree programs, cultivated a faculty of more than 28, launched a research program, oversaw the design and construction of the 70,000-square-foot Betty Irene Moore Hall and celebrated a ranking among the top 50 of all master’s-degree nursing programs in the country.

Heather M. Young Postdoctoral Fellows will have access to the extensive research administration infrastructure at UC Davis, including works in progress sessions at a number of centers and institutes, courses offered through the Office of Research and the Clinical Translational Science Center, and postdoctoral fellowship seminar programming and grants administration through the School of Nursing.

“This fellowship is a wonderful tribute to Dean Young's legacy,” said Janice F. Bell, associate dean for research. “The focus on postdoctoral fellows enhances our ongoing program of research, while also preparing highly trained future faculty who are ready to teach and enact the school's original vision of transformative research and bold health system change. 

Fellowship awards are valued up to $70,000 per year for a two-year term and include financial support for travel, research expenses, recruitment of research subjects and data entry.

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