Laura Brown Receives $5M Grant to Continue Master's Project

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Inaugural cohort graduate Laura Brown recently received a $5 million grant and a $10,000 grant to continue the project on preventing elder abuse which she implemented for her Master's in Civic Leadership capstone project.

Brown wrote the grants and will oversee the implementation statewide.  The summary of the grant for which she was awarded $5 million states: “Through Victims of Crime Act of 194 funding, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) is developing and implementing the Collaborative Response to Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse (CREVAA) program to focus on and address the unmet needs, both emergent and on-going, of elder and vulnerable adult victims of crime by providing advocates who will work with victims as well as stakeholders, including Adult Protective Services, law enforcement, District Attorneys, and aging service providers. The CREVAA program advocates will seamlessly locate, coordinate, and ensure the provision of a variety of victim-centered services and resources to elder and vulnerable adult victims of crime across Tennessee. The target population for the CREVAA program will be elders 60 and older and adults over age 18 with a disability.” Brown also received a one-year $10,000 grant to provide training to frontline financial institution staff and aging services providers on how to identify and prevent elder financial exploitation. The Commission on Aging and Disability is working closely with financial partners to develop and test the training. Tennessee was one of only six states to receive this competitive grant this year.

Brown recently started a Ph.D. program at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Learning and Leadership, with a focus in Public Policy.  She was also recently selected to attend the TN Government Executive Institute (TGEI) leadership training program, which began on August 10th.

The Andrews Institute is so proud of our students who continue working hard to give our community members access to resources that will enable them to reach their full potential.  We congratulate Laura Brown on this recognition of her vision and hard work, and wish her the best moving forward!