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 adults age 50 plus.
At present, OASIS programs are offered in 40 communities through a network of more than 700 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 plan are:
Connections Technology: OASIS will double the number of communities offering Connections technology training - from 20 to 40 communities - within two years, enabling adults over 50 and displaced workers to build skills needed to join the digital society, access essential online services and/or update workplace skills. OASIS is poised to support this growth by:
Expanding partnerships with libraries and nonprofit organizations to reach a large and diverse population in urban, suburban and rural settings
Scaling up its national instructor training model by rolling out an online learning management system with elearning courses to train hundreds of staff and volunteers identified by partners as class instructors
Engaging its national corps of instructors in curriculum content updates to address technology change
Total cost to achieve this growth is $500,000 for national capacity building and local partnership expansion. Cost to expand into a new community is $20,000.
Diabetes Self-Management Program: Over the next 2 years, OASIS will increase its projected participation in the Diabetes Self-Management Program by 40%. To achieve this growth, OASIS will:
Expand the program in the Saint Louis and Indianapolis metropolitan areas
Initiate the program in the Los Angeles, San Antonio, and San Diego metropolitan areas
Train additional lay leaders as Diabetes Self-Management Program master trainers and facilitators in all current and future locations
Total costs for this projected growth would be $350,000 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 $100,000 investment would provide the ability to further develop this systems change.
Intergenerational Tutoring: Through a three-year scaling initiative OASIS plans to achieve two overarching goals for the Intergenerational Tutoring Program:
Goal 1: Implement a new scaling plan that is self-sustaining, using three distinct partnership models: 1) a national partnership with a youth-serving organization to reach additional adults and children through expansion to its local affiliates; 2) local adoption of the program by community partners; and 3) direct purchase of the program by school districts. The goal is to recruit additional volunteers in the 107 current districts and expand to 20 new sites by the end of 2015. Over a three-year period, 3,600 new OASIS tutors will join the existing 6,000 volunteers to reach a total of 36,000 additional at-risk youth through 127 partnerships across the United States. The ultimate goal is to make OASIS Tutoring available at any school district in the country.
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 establish it as an evidence-based program by carrying out a two-year research study in partnership with Maryville University in St. Louis.
To complete the three-year scaling plan OASIS is seeking investments totaling $692,000.