ASU President Michael Crow has awarded the 2017 President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness to David W. Coon, PhD, Associate Dean & Professor – R.I.S.E.; Nursing & Innovation Administration.

“I’m happy to attend the event alongside my incredible community partners from the Alzheimer’s Association Chapter’s in Arizona and Nevada, DES/DAAS, the local Area Agencies on Aging, the HOPE Promotores Network, and others,” says Dr. Coon. “We received the Medal for our ongoing delivery of CarePRO for family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.”

Dr. Coon’s translation of CarePRO for the community and from the original CWC intervention (REACH 1) was made possible through funding from the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium state funds, where investigators modified and piloted the revision in English and Spanish based on feedback from community partners.

The President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness recognizes ASU faculty and staff who have worked as departmental, interdepartmental or transdisciplinary teams that have demonstrated excellence in embedding ASU in the social and cultural fabric of our surrounding communities. Social Embeddedness at ASU is a university-wide, interactive and mutually-supportive partnership with the communities of Arizona.  Social embeddedness means both the community and the university benefit from and rely upon each other.  At ASU, this vision involves the ongoing integration of five innovative and distinct, yet interrelated, actions: Community Capacity Building; Teaching and Learning; Economic Development; Social Development; and Research.

CarePRO is an evidence-based, psycho-educational skills-building intervention for family caregivers of people with dementia. It fosters caregiver empowerment and reduces caregiver stress and distress and enhances positive coping and emotional well-being. Offered in English and Spanish, CarePRO has been successfully embedded into local Alzheimer’s Association chapters across Arizona and Nevada since 2009.