Recent Programs

 Project on Long-Term Care and Retirement Security

Larry Polivka, Ph.D. serves as Scholar in Residence of the Claude Pepper Foundation focusing his efforts on issues relating to long-term care and retirement security.  Dr. Polivka also serves as Executive Director of the Claude Pepper Center where his primary research interests are long-term care, affordable health care, and economic security for America’s elderly population.  He recently expanded the scope of his research on aging studies examining these complex issues in the global community.  In addition to his contributions in research, Dr. Polivka oversees an addition to the Claude Pepper Center which is the Pepper Data Center.  The Pepper Data Center is an aging long-term care data warehouse. The extensive collections include data from the Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida Department of Elderly Affairs, Florida Department of Health, and U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Studies. The recent addition of Florida Medicaid utilization and MDS III data to the warehouse furthers accessibility to policy-relevant information on Florida’s aged and disabled adult populations by interested PhD students and scholars at Florida State University, in addition to research analysts at The Claude Pepper Data Center.

 Alliance for Aging Research

The Claude Pepper Foundation has supported the Alliance for Aging Research through sponsorship of the Claude Pepper Award for Advancing Healthy Aging through Research.  The award honors those who are helping advance the science of human aging.  The support provided to the Alliance enables them to continue its work as the nation’s leading citizen advocacy organization for improving the health and independence of older Americans through a broad spectrum of biomedical and behavior research.

Florida Council on Aging (FCOA)

The Claude Pepper Foundation has supported the Florida Council on Aging project partnered Educational and Advocacy Initiative.  FCOA has partnered with the Florida Association on Aging Services Provider, the Florida Association of Senior Centers and the Florida Association of Area Agencies on Aging to implement a major Educational and Advocacy Initiative focused on the importance of home and community based services for Florida’s frail elders.  FCOAs roles in the initiative are to educate the public about the needs of Florida’s frail elders, prepare materials utilized by aging advocates across the state,  share the materials with Florida Legislators and to conduct local Advocacy Summits in communities across the state.

United HomeCare

United HomeCare is a non-profit home health and community care organization serving south Florida.  The Claude Pepper Foundation helps to fund the United HomeCare Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Dinner which is an event that is held annually to honor distinguished corporations and individuals in their community who have made a significant contribution to the needs of the elderly and/or the disabled in Miami-Dade County.

Leadership Florida

The Claude Pepper Foundation has been a sponsor of Leadership Florida.  In 2010 the Pepper Foundation co-sponsored “Decision 2010: Before You Vote” debate series with the Claude Pepper Center and AARP.  The project provides a venue to hold live debates between candidates who are running for public office in the State of Florida.  The purpose of the live debates is to provide the electorate with an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and where they stand on the issues that matter the most to them in the upcoming election.

Carrie Meek foundation

The Claude Pepper Foundation provided financial support to The Carrie Meek Foundation in its attempts to sponsor and promote programs in education, affordable housing, health care, economic development and community empowerment. The Carrie Meek Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for all residents of their community.

The School for Ethical Education

The Claude Pepper Foundation has supported The School for Ethical Education’s (SEE) Character Celebration. The celebration honored the top ten student essayists in a Laws of Life essay program. The essay described their personal values and ethics that will help them live a successful and productive life. SEE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage positive ethics and character in students. SEE programs include student writing programs, school-based service-learning projects and strategies to encourage academic integrity.

Florida State University, College of Human Sciences, Retail Merchandising and Product Development

The Claude Pepper Foundation has helped support the Mildred Pepper Apparel Design Competition in the College of Human Sciences, Retail Merchandising and Product Development. The competition was first conceived by Mildred Pepper as a means to recognize and award students for apparel design. Students who participate in the program create a fashion design that is reviewed by a panel of judges who determine whose work should receive an award in different categories. A runway fashion show is held at the end of the competition to showcase the work of those who have participated and to present awards.

The National Council on Aging

To fund presentation of the National Institute on Community-based Long-Term Care Claude Pepper Award. This award recognizes individuals in the field who have shown true leadership and made special and significant contributions in the development of a continuum of services that enable older people to live at home with dignity, independence and autonomy for as long as they are able.

Digitalization of the Pepper Collection

From the holdings of the Pepper Library, an online collection of Senator Pepper’s senate career is being made possible through a grant received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as well as ongoing work with Pepper Library staff. This work will enable researches to search the digital archive of the most frequently used documents as well as showcase actual audio of the Senator’s top speeches.

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