Breana Bietsch, MSW

Prior to being accepted to the PhD program, Breana worked in different roles with the older adult population including community outreach programs, hospice, nursing homes, homecare services and senior housing services. She earned her MSW at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and received a certificate on Aging through the program. During her time at Rutgers, she worked as a graduate assistant studying the effects of grandparents raising grandchildren as well as the experiences of transgender young adults coming out to their grandparents. Her current research interest focuses on the health outcomes of LGBTQ+ older adults. She hopes to understand what are causing the health disparities seen in this population and what policies, programs, and research can be implemented to correct for these differing health outcomes from the general population of seniors in order to improve their well-being overall.

Rutgers University

Research Interests:
Older adults
Senior housing,
Healthcare policy
Medical social work
End of life care
LGBTQ populations

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