ELFENBEIN, PH.D., M.S.W.
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Pamela Elfenbein is Director of Education and Training
at The Center on Aging, Robert Stempel School of Public Health,
College of Health and Urban Affairs, at Florida International University. She
holds a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University, an M.S.W. from
Barry College, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of
As an educator, Dr. Elfenbein stresses
the need for a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to healthy
aging, and focuses on health promotion and disease prevention in
her courses. She has designed
and currently teaches three graduate-level, fully asynchronous web-delivered
courses - allowing for interaction and networking among graduate
students in multiple health disciplines from around the world.
Elfenbein has been a very active volunteer with the Florida Association
of Voluntary Action in the Caribbean. As a FAVA/CA volunteer
she has led two groups of FIU faculty to the sister-island nation
of St.Kitts and Nevis where they offered weeklong workshops and hands-on
consultations for government HomeCare officers and other public and
private healthcare personnel. She has also offered consultation
to the University of the West Indies, St. Kitts Campus, towards the
development of an associate level gerontology degree. And
she has just returned from a FAVA/CA consultation in Jamaica, where
she worked with University of the West Indies Medical Faculty in
the design and development of a graduate level distance education
programme in gerontology designed to be disseminated throughout the
Caribbean. Dr. Elfenbein presented at the Caribbean Symposium
on Population Aging in Trinidad, by the University of the West Indies
and the Division for Ageing of the Ministry of Social Planning and
Development, Trinidad and Tobago, and the ECLAC Sub-regional Headquarters
for the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago).
Dr. Elfenbein also has had many externally
funded programs and projects. To
date, Dr. Elfenbein has been awarded more than $950,000 in elder
health promotion and disease prevention program grants from funding
sources that include USHUD, USAID, HHS Geriatric Education Centers,
Hospice Foundation of America, and other public and private entities. Dr.
Elfenbein's largest externally funded works to date have been: the
design and implementation of interdisciplinary health promotion and
health education programs at 11 Miami-Dade Housing Agency (US HUD)
Senior/Disabled housing communities; and the development of program
guidebooks to assist independent Cuban NGOs to develop health and
social programming for older adults (USAID).
In an effort to personally work toward enhancing the health and well
being of older adults, Dr. Elfenbein has become increasingly involved
in the area of injury prevention, and as a member of the Florida Injury
Prevention for Seniors (FLIPS) steering committee, has been able to
impact the health and quality of life for seniors throughout the state.