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The WVU School of Social Work has decided not to hold the Summer Institute on Aging (SIOA) Conference in 2019. This decision was not made lightly, but is a result of budget tightening at the university level, particularly around administrative supports. Also, the SIOA coordinator, Jacki Englehardt, has a new job role within the School of Social Work which precludes her ability to function in the role of SIOA coordinator moving forward.
The SSW remains committed to our land grant mission to serve the needs of the state of WV – and support of the workforce that serves the elderly in our state remains a great concern. The SIOA model in its current form is not sustainable without a coordinator. We are hopeful that by taking a break from the conference in 2019, new partnerships can be identified that would reach a more interprofessional audience and/or serve specific training needs for targeted workforce capacity.
We would welcome your thoughts on what might be best moving forward, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-293-3280.
To those of you that have attended and/or presented at our conference through the years – many thanks! We would not have had the great success we did without your participation!