Call for Abstracts for CHAMP conference

The Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP) at San Jose State University is accepting abstracts from faculty and students in advance of their annual conference on April 18. More than 130 people attended the conference last year.

The theme this year is “Opportunities and Challenges: Evidence-based practice in Multicultural Communities.”

The deadline to submit abstracts is Feb. 15 for faculty and students from SJSU, CSU Chico, CSU East Bay, CSU Fresno, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Sacramento, CSU Stanislaus, CSU Sonoma and San Francisco State University.

Faculty may submit abstracts for paper presentations for one author up to a group of seven co-authors. The abstract should not exceed more than 500 words, but should include:

  • Title
  • Authors
  • Background/rationale
  • Method/approach
  • Results
  • Conclusions/implications

Faculty may submit abstracts for symposium/panels. The abstract should not exceed more than 250 words, but should include:

  • Panel/symposium title
  • An overall objective of the panel/symposium
  • A brief description of the topic of the panel/symposium.

Students may submit an abstract for the poster exhibit, with a faculty sponsor. The abstract should not exceed 500 words, but should include:

  • Title
  • Authors
  • Background/rationale
  • Method/approach
  • Results
  • Conclusions/implications
  • Affiliation
  • Identify graduate or undergraduate rank

Abstracts will be peer reviewed by the Conference Program Committee and a decision letter will be sent out at the beginning of March.

Anyone on campus who is working on projects related to the theme who would like to discuss an idea before submitting an abstract is welcome to contact Kasuen Mauldin at or Sadhna Diwan at

Download the attached PDF for the Invitation to Submit Abstracts. CHAMP invitation to submit abstracts 2014 (PDF)


Nutrition Prof receives 2014 CDA award for research

Dr. Kasuen Mauldin, an assistant professor at San José State University in the Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging department, has won the 2014 California Dietetics Association (CDA) Excellence in Research Award. The award is given to a CDA member for professional excellence in dietetic/nutrition research. Award recipients must demonstrate leadership and active participation in nutrition-related professional associations, excel in contributing to the body of knowledge of dietetics/nutrition via research and in teaching others in a specialized field of research, and have a productive history of refereed research publications.

Kasuen Mauldin

Kasuen Mauldin

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts professor’s research training is in human metabolism with a focus on lipoprotein homeostasis. Her work on structure-function analyses of apolipoproteins A-V and contributions to the scientific literature have provided insight into possible mechanisms for targeting prevention and treatment strategies in cardiovascular disease.  In 2012, Mauldin was honored to serve as the Associate Chair of the Gordon Research Seminar on Lipoprotein Metabolism.

In addition to basic science research, Mauldin conducts collaborative clinical studies with aims (1) to better understand the relationship between maternal metabolism during pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes and (2) to identify specific dietary interventions that improve maternal metabolism during pregnancy that translates into a favorable in utero environment for fetal development.

Dr. Mauldin is a passionate educator and is very interested in effectively teaching science curriculum in dietetics education. To this end, she has obtained funding to research and enhance her teaching with the innovative use of simulation technology in interprofessional education. She presented at both the 2012 and 2013 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo national meetings on topics related to the use of simulation in dietetics education.

She currently serves on the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition & Dietetics Educators & Preceptors (NDEP) Simulation Taskforce. She is an active member of the NDEP practice group and the San Jose Peninsula District dietetics association. She serves on the Steering Committee of the SJSU College of Applied Sciences and Arts Center for Applied Research on Human Subjects (CARHS). She is Chair of the 2014 Center for Healthy Aging in a Multicultural Population (CHAMP) Conference.

The aspect Mauldin enjoys most about research is the creative thinking and problem solving involved. Partaking in scholarly activities keeps her up-to-date in the field of nutrition and helps her stay relevant in her teaching. She said she feels blessed to have such a rewarding career and to be able to work with inspiring research colleagues and nutrition graduate students.  She will be presented the Excellence in Research Award at the 2014 CDA meeting awards luncheon on April 3,2014, in Pomona.

For a list of peer-reviewed publications:



Senior Wellness Fair attendance doubles from 2011

More than 650 people attended the Senior Wellness Fair at Timpany Center in San Jose on Oct. 24, including students and vendors. The annual event is put on by San José State University’s Center for Healthy Aging and Multicultural Populations and the Santa Clara County’s Department of Adult and Aging Services. Attendance increased from more than 300 visitors in 2011 and more than 400 visitors in 2012.

Students from seven San Jose State departments participated in offer screenings or healthy living advice to older adults at the event. Students from the following departments offered information on the following topics:

  • Social work – mood and wellness screening
  • Communicative disorders – hearing loss and communication tips
  • Nursing – blood pressure screening
  • Occupational Therapy – falls and balance
  • Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging – healthy eating and food insecurity
  • Health Science and Recreation – leisure interest screening
  • Kinesiology – fall prevention

Sadhna Diwan, a professor of social work in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts and director of CHAMP, said there were also many volunteers from other departments who helped to pull off the half-day event.

“The gym at Timpany looked fabulous and was buzzing with energy,” she said via email to many who helped plan the event.

Some of those volunteers included School of Journalism and Mass Communication students who took video footage and photos of the event. In addition to the health screenings, older adults and caretakers were able to visit with 50 exhibitors with information on topics ranging from medical care to legal help to cultural groups.

For more on CHAMP, visit



Senior resources gather for Wellness Fair

San José State University’s Center for Healthy Aging and Multicultural Populations is a sponsor of the 21st Annual Senior Resource and Wellness Fair Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Timpany Center, 730 Empey Way, in San Jose.

The annual event is co-sponsored by the County of Santa Clara Social Services Agency Department of Aging and Adult Services and Friends of Human Resources. The free event will provide information on services, resources, opportunities, screenings and activities in the area that are available to older adults, their caretakers and other adult service professionals. During the event, SJSU’s College of Applied Sciences and Arts faculty members and students are planning to volunteer. Some of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts departments and schools involved with CHAMP include Health Science and Recreation, Kinesiology, Nursing, Nutrition and Food Science, Occupational Therapy and Social Work, with departments from other colleges on campus also involved.

The first 150 visitors will be able to receive a free flu vaccination. Other health screenings and education topics include:

Blood pressure

Nutrition screening and advice

Balance screening and fall prevention

Mood and wellness screening

Physical activity demonstrations

Hearing loss advice

There will also be community resources related to housing, legal advice, home care, transportation, health care, mental health, nutrition and elder protection.

The Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations has a mission of promoting healthy aging among multicultural and diverse populations living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The faculty involved come from all academic disciplines at San José State University to complete interdisciplinary aging research, education and training and create strategic partnerships with community-based organizations working with older adults.

For more information on the Wellness Fair, call 408-755-7600 or visit For more information on CHAMPS, visit

CHAMP wins SJSU Service-Learning & Community Award


by Sadhna Diwan

Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP) was selected to receive the Collaborative Project Award from the SJSU Center for Community Learning & Leadership.

It’s great to see the collaborative efforts of CASA faculty recognized by the University. Congratulations to all and thanks for our team members without which this would not have been possible.

The Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP) was created in the College of Applied Sciences & Arts in 2009. With faculty affiliates from all academic disciplines at SJSU, the Center facilitates interdisciplinary applied research, education, and strategic partnerships with community-based organizations working with older adults. For each of the past three years, CHAMP has partnered with the Timpany Center, Santa Clara County’s Department of Adult & Aging Services (DAAS), CommUniverCity, and the Roosevelt Community Center to host Senior Wellness & Resource Fairs to promote healthy aging among older adults in the community. The fairs, which are half-day events, have promoted interprofessional education through service learning among more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in courses in health sciences, nutrition, nursing, occupational therapy, social work, psychology, kinesiology, and communicative disorders.

The students provide wellness education and screenings to seniors, learn about available community resources, and build their skills by applying their knowledge to working with older persons. Student evaluations of the fairs are extremely positive: they show increased awareness of their own strengths and challenges such as communication skills; they express positive attitudes towards working with older persons; and better understanding of inter-professional roles in wellness promotion among seniors.

As one student noted, “I am very grateful for the opportunity I was given to work with the project. This was not only my first volunteer effort, but it was also the first time I worked with and for an older population. Getting involved with this project allowed me to see the need for resources for the general local population. The best part of this experience was the ability to connect those who were in search for resources with their professionals- whether it was the table I sat in or not. It was absolutely wonderful to see so many different disciplines come together for a common goal- the wellbeing of a population who often get looked over.

Another noted, “The most enjoyable aspect of this project is that I have an opportunity to interact with seniors. It is a valuable and precious experience to practice what I have learned from classes.

DAAS has expressed interest in continuing this partnership with CHAMP in order to engage more of our students in service learning.

The Service-Learning & Community Engagement Awards are presented for course-inspired community engagement learning, distinguished from non-academic community service. The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 26th from 8:45-11:00am in ENG 285/287.

CASA-CHAMPS faculty can invite friends and family. Parking permits are available upon request.

Congratulations on the Award! Go CHAMPions!