Cynthia Dougherty, MSW, PhD
Director, Office of Geriatrics and Interprofessional Aging Studies
Ohio State University College of Medicne
Dr. Cynthia Dougherty is the Director of the Office of Geriatrics and Interprofessional Aging Studies at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Dougherty’s leadership, practice, and research experience in the areas of public health, affordable housing, social work and interprofessional education, long-term services and supports, school-community collaboration, and intergenerational programming have provided her with interesting insights and varied perspectives on health and social issues and strength-based solutions. Dr. Dougherty is currently on the LeadingAge Ohio Foundation Board of Directors and the Chair of Board of Directors at Friendship Village of Dublin, a Life Care community.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

To provide a community-based interprofessional education experience, we designed a pilot program centered on increasing digital health literacy among a group of older adults who served as Community Mentors (CM) to various health profession students. Digital literacy is the ability to seek, find, understand, and appraise health information from electronic sources. Studies show less than half of individuals are connected through reliable technology to broadband and even those who are connected may lack the knowledge or skills to seek, find, understand and appraise accuracy of information. This…