Cornell Estates Proud Recipient of Pacific University

2013 Community Partner Award

Cornell Estates Retirement & Assisted Living Pacific University 2013 Community Partner Award

Left to right: Amanda Stead, Pacific University Speech-Language Pathology; Cindy Cosenzo, AgeCelebration; Jim Stoneking, Encore resident volunteer; Margot Stoneking, Encore resident volunteer; Charlene Torrey, Cornell Estates; Sandi Adams, Cornell Estates; Ellen Reuler, Pacific University Speech-Language Pathology

On Tuesday, April 30th, Cornell Estates Retirement & Assisted Living was awarded the 2013 Community Partner Award for their innovative education partnership with Pacific University.  Winners of the Pacific University Community Partner Award must be nominated by a Pacific University faculty member, and the winners are determined by an advisory panel.  Forest Grove Community School and Adelante Mujeres were also honored with a 2013 Community Partner Award.

During the  2012-2013 school year, over 35% of Cornell Estates residents volunteered their time to contribute to the education of more than 100 students from 6 different Pacific University health disciplines, providing the students varied and progressive opportunities to learn, contribute, and develop their healthcare skills. 

In addition to the educational component, an intentional bi-product of the partnership has been to create possibilities for diverse members of the Hillsboro community to come together to support each other and to build relationships so that we may, “see ourselves in each other.”  The community partners share a common vision and passion for a vibrant community in which we are stronger together. 

What began over 3 years ago with a handful of students from Dental Health Science, Occupational Therapy, and Masters of Healthcare Administration has now grown into a systemic back-and-forth exchange with groups of students from those three disciplines as well as from Pharmacy and the two inaugural Pacific University programs, the Doctoral Program in Audiology and the Master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology

One example of the effective learning opportunities in the partnership, the S.P.A.C.E. Program (Speech-Language Pathology At Cornell Estates), pairs 35 SLP students with 35 volunteer mentors once a month throughout the school year so that the students can practice a different type of evaluation each time and the volunteers can offer constructive feedback on what it is like to be “the client” in this process.  As SLP student Lucas Steuber expressed, “This was an amazing opportunity to try assessments with someone patient, welcoming and kind.”

This important partnership with the College of Health Professions is just one part of Cornell Estates’ innovative ENCORE Community Opportunities initiative which provides interested resident volunteers with over 40 different community service opportunities.  The initiative is founded on the understanding that staying engaged in meaningful ways is vital to our health at every age.

For more information on Cornell Estates’ partnership with Pacific University’s College of Health Professions and on the ENCORE Community Opportunities initiative, please contact Sandi Adams, Cornell Estates Retirement & Assisted Living at (503) 640-2884.