Joseph June

Q&A with Joseph June, MPH, from the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida

juneMeet Joseph.

“I am concerned that the amount of people who will need care in the near future will not have an adequate supply of quality long-term care providers...”

Q: Tell us a little about what you are doing right now.
A: Currently, I am a second-year PhD student at the USF School of Aging Studies.

Q: Tell us about your recent activities and accomplishments.
A: I am currently working on two papers, one that will be submitted soon and another I hope to submit by the end of the year. The first focuses on deficiency data on assisted living communities (ALCs) in Florida, and the second looks at evacuations of ALCs in Florida from Hurricane Matthew (2016). I was also involved in a poster presentation at the International Conference on Urban Health 2017 in Coimbra, Portugal.

Q: Have you had an important mentor in your career?
A: Dr. Kathy Hyer has been an important mentor in my career. She has helped guide me to focus on assisted living facilities and inspection data. Through her mentoring, I believe I have found an area of research that I am excited to work in.

Q: What are your motivations for studying aging?
A: My main motivation for studying aging is to improve quality of care for residents of long-term care. I am concerned that the amount of people who will need care in the near future will not have an adequate supply of quality long-term care providers, whether it is nursing homes, ALCs, or continuing care retirement communities. My goal is to assist with state and/or federal policies that improve quality in these settings.

Q: What has been your most memorable experience in gerontology and aging research?
A: My most memorable experience was my involvement with the emergency management and response forum in Pinellas County, Florida. In attendance were researchers from Taiwan who visited to learn about Florida’s emergency preparedness and response, and to share their recent experience of earthquakes and typhoons.

Q: Tell us about your involvement in GSA.
A: I have been involved with GSA for one year. I am with the Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section.

Q: How do you feel GSA serves the field of gerontology and aging research?
A: I believe GSA is a great resource for gerontology and aging research. GSA focuses on many aspects of aging research and helps create an interdisciplinary approach to the field of gerontology.

Q: Is there anything unique about yourself you would like to share?
A: Though I am not an international ESPO member, I was born abroad and my interest in gerontology started during a study abroad program in 2011.

Q: Do you have any tips for emerging gerontologists?
A: Though the field of gerontology has grown considerably, there are still areas that need further research and expertise. Find something that no one else is doing and become the expert that is needed.

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