More Than a Meal: Research Documenting the Impact of Home-Delivered Meals Programs to Inform Policy and Practice

March 26, 2018 | NH Institute of Politics

Dr. Kali S. Thomas will present the evolution of her home-delivered meals research program and discuss results from a series of studies examining the impact of these services. She will share examples of the ways in which programs have evolved through this applied research and will highlight how these findings have been used to advance the policy discussion around funding for home-delivered meals programs. 

Kali S. Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown University’s School of Public Health, and a Research Health Science Specialist at the Providence VA Medical Center's Center of Innovation for Long-term Services and Supports. She received her Ph.D. in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida, and completed an AHRQ-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Brown University Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research.

Dr. Thomas' research focuses on identifying ways to improve the quality of life of older adults needing long-term services and supports through applied health services research. Funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institute on Aging, and multiple foundations, she has led research projects related to the quality of care delivered in long-term care facilities and the role of home- and community-based services in preventing or postponing nursing home placement.

This talk is cosponsored by the NH Institute of Politics Distinguished Speaker Series and the Psychology Department’s Annual Hechtl/Lasky Lecture Series. The series is in honor of former faculty members Richard Hechtl and Julian "Jack" Lasky, who were leaders in Saint Anselm College's psychology department, having devoted their careers to promoting wellness through basic and applied psychology research.

March 26, 2018 from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

NHIOP Auditorium