Eaton Senior Communities to Study the Impact of Vitalize 360 Coaching

The Colorado Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Eaton Senior Communities to study Vitalize 360 coaching and its benefits to health outcomes. The grant will enhance Eaton’s promotion of wellness coaching in affordable housing settings across the United States.

Dr. Bobbie Kite, a researcher and faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) will administer the grant and establish the research methodology. She will work closely with MSU graduate student interns.

Before they launched this study of the impact of coaching, Eaton and MSU Denver established a partnership several years ago that involved student coach interns working directly with residents at Eaton to improve their health and wellness. MSU Denver is a nationally recognized leader in wellness coaching education. Eaton residents participating in the program report that Vitalize 360 coaching is dramatically changing their lives. Several interns, as a result of the experience, changed their professional trajectory to focus on aging services

In late 2015, Eaton Senior Communities received a $50,000 grant from LeadingAge’s Innovations Fund to develop and disseminate its internship partnership work with MSU Denver to encourage similar partnerships between affordable housing and institutions of higher learning nationally. The template will include a toolkit for interns and housing providers, intern recruitment videos, and a handbook with step-by-step instructions to make the partnership successful.

Eaton Senior Communities is a Vitalize 360 member and is located in Lakewood, Colorado.

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