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OASIS Receives National Award for Excellence in Training and Education
Hands-on learning, social support, outcome evaluation and partnerships are common threads in OASIS’ key programs. It is these programs for which OASIS has been recognized by the American Society on Aging with the prestigious Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education for 2013.

“By partnering with community organizations across the country, we are able to bring these opportunities of educational excellence to a broad and diverse audience,” said Marcia Kerz, president of The OASIS Institute. Kerz will accept the award on behalf of OASIS at the opening general session of the ASA conference March 12. Read more.

OASIS at the American Society on Aging Conference

Will you be at ASA in Chicago next week? We invite you to join us for these OASIS sessions:

Achieving Social Impact and Financial Sustainability in Challenging Times

Wednesday, March 13, 1:00 pm

Learn about successful strategies to engage direct service and capacity building volunteers to sustain and expand programs and operations. Presenters:
Candice Arriola, MSW, Volunteer Manager
Patricia Gilbert, BA, Network and Civic Engagement Director
Christie Norrick, MSW, Health Coordinator
Brenda Schmachtenberger, BS, Executive Director

Engaging Older Adults and Preadolescents in  Advocacy to Improve Community Health

Thursday, March 14, 11:00 am

This poster session will review an intergenerational advocacy program that unites older adults and children as champions who assess their communities' needs and assets. Participants create community portraits that are presented to stakeholders tp support local healthy eating and active living policy and environment changes. Presenters:
James Teufel, PhD, National Health Director
Peter Holtgrave, MPH, National Coordinator, CATCH Healthy Habits
Christie Norrick, MSW, Health Coordinator

CATCH Healthy Habits grant renewed for 2013-2014

“The CATCH Healthy Habits program teaches kids and adults that you can do something about your health if you have a plan and stay committed to it,” says Lois Sanabria, a CATCH Healthy Habits volunteer in the Bronx, N.Y. 

Lois and the hundreds of other CATCH Healthy Habits volunteers across the country will keep planning for nutritional snacks to be served and fun games to be played with participating K-5 students through 2014. The intergenerational program that officially launched in 2011 with a $2.7 million grant from WellPoint Foundation, will not only continue but expand. WellPoint renewed their commitment to CATCH Healthy Habits with an additional grant of $3.2 million for 2013-2014. The grant will support expansion of the program, bringing it to a total of more than 150 locations in 19 cities across 15 states, with the addition of sites in Tucson Arizona and Sacramento, California.

In its first two years, CATCH Healthy Habits was introduced into 14 states and by the end of 2012, had reached 142 percent of its original target of participation --7,100 children and older adults versus 5,000 originally estimated. Read more

Using National Networks to Tackle Chronic Disease

Stanford Social Innovation Review recognizes OASIS

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An article in the Winter 2013 issue  of the Stanford Social Innovation Review examined how nonprofit national networks such as OASIS are expanding efforts to promote health and prevent disease. The article explored how national nonprofits like OASIS, the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America are underutilized forces in the fight against chronic disease.

Marcia Kerz, OASIS president, will review OASIS experience with scaling up CATCH Healthy Habits in a forum March 15 at the Grantmakers in Health national meeting. A panel organized by the Bridgespan Group with representatives from the three national nonprofits will discuss the potential reach of national networks in the fight against chronic disease, the types of interventions best suited for networks; and the role that leaders in several key sectors, including philanthropy, need to assume if such networks are to realize their potential and bring effective prevention interventions to scale.