The older population in the U.S. is on the verge of a boom. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2000 and 2030, the number of older adults is projected to grow from 35 million to 72 million, eventually representing nearly 20 percent of the total population. Therefore, providing programs and services that keep aging Americans healthy, engaged and independent is critical. For these reasons, OASIS seeks funding investments to scale programs that have demonstrated impact on the lives of older adults.
At present, OASIS programs are offered in 50 communities through a network of more than 750 community-based partnerships including houses of worship, senior centers, youth agencies, libraries, school districts, parks and recreation programs. By scaling through partnerships OASIS is able to take its programs to any community and programs are selected and implemented based on each community’s local needs. OASIS growth plans are:
Connections Technology: OASIS Recently reviewed its technology programs. Research from Pew, as well as surveys of our participants and feedback from our partners shows that older adults now prefer shorter sound bytes of information, and a desire to learn about security, privacy and fraud prevetion.OASIS will update technology offerings, including:
Changing the formatting of classes by providing small pieces of information in shorter classes.
Becoming a leader in education on how older adults can stay safe onlineby providing information and training related to online security, privacy and fraud prevention.
Engaging its national corps of instructors in curriculum content updates to address technology change
Total cost to achieve this growth is $600,000 for national capacity building and local partnership expansion.
Diabetes Self-Management Program: Over the next 2 years, OASIS will continue to expand and strengthen the Diabetes Self-Management Program, including the addition of fall prevention activities. To achieve this growth, OASIS will:
Expand the program in the Saint Louis and Indianapolis metropolitan areas
Strengthen the program in the Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Syracuse metropolitan areas
Train additional lay leaders as Diabetes Self-Management Program master trainers and facilitators in all current and future locations
Use best practices and lessons learned during the expansion of the Diabetes Self-Management Program to expand falls prevention programming.
Total costs for this projected growth would be $500,000 over the next 2 years.
Additionally, with the aim of developing ongoing support, OASIS seeks to influence system change by engaging health care systems, professional associations, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to qualify Diabetes Self-Management Program for reimbursement through Medicare Diabetes Self-Management Training and Medical Nutrition Therapy benefits. A $500,000 investment would provide the ability to further develop this systems change.
Intergenerational Tutoring: Over the next few years OASIS plans to achieve two overarching goals for the Intergenerational Tutoring Program:
Goal 1: Expand the successful fee-based model pilot to additional cities. Through this model, each participating school district is asked to pay an annual base fee of and an additional fee per school offering the tutoring program. The fee covers approximately 25% of the overall cost of the program. The remaining expenses are covered by funding from corporations and foundations. To further facilitate school district buy-in, OASIS partners with EducationPlus, a non-profit education consortium that serves teachers, administrators, support staff and school board members in public school districts in Missouri and Illinois. The pilot thus far is achieving success, with 85% of participating school districts converting to the fee-based model. OASIS recently completed a value statement, which includes the tangible value of tutoring hours and program development, as well as intangible values such as mentoring and improved confidence.
Goal 2: Increase the evidence base for the program: OASIS Tutoring is presently viewed as a valued resource by school districts because its activities are research-based and align with U.S. Common Core State Standards. To make adoption of the program by all partners the most attractive investment possible, OASIS will begin collecting de-identified pre- and post-reading assessment scores.