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Danielle Paulsen, Class of 2014

Integrating Services for the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville
The purpose of this residency project was to assess and enhance the Senior Transportation: Providing Safe Door-through-Door Support program of the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville (CoA).  The mission of the project was to help remediate the challenges experienced by the target population which are the caregivers, family members, friends, neighbors, and volunteers who assist older adults with their transportation needs in the Greater Nashville Area.  Execution of the project occurred through four distinct phases: the needs assessment phase, the program enhancement phase, the piloting phase, and the reassessment/recommendations phase. 

Evidence-based approaches such as literature review, focus group, and interview were used to understand the need for this project as well as the needs of the target population.  Educational materials were created from the findings of the needs assessment and were piloted for the target population in two workshops at senior centers in the community.  Feedback was obtained from the participants through a program assessment questionnaire which was created. From the anonymous feedback, recommendations were made to CoA and Belmont University for the future success and sustainability of the Senior Transportation program.

Danielle Paulsen, Resident


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