Brooke Hollister

Dette er Brooke Hollister

Bjørg Dale er profesjonsutdannet sykepleier med både klinisk erfaring og ledererfaring fra kommune- og spesialisthelsetjeneste. Vi kjenner henne best som tidligere faglig leder for Senter for omsorgsforskning, sør. Etter et vesentlig bidrag til helse- og omsorgsforskningen finner vi i dag professor Bjørg Dale litt i bakgrunnen. I hennes sted, som faglig leder for Senter for omsorgsforskning, sør finner vi Brooke Hollister. Vi har sendt Hollister noen spørsmål og her kan du lese svarene til kvinnen som har jobbet for Nancy Pelosi og som gjerne ser at Senter for omsgsforskning, sør dobler sin størrelse de kommende årene.

Oppvokst på sykehjem

Først av alt lurer vi på hvor du kommer fra. Kan du fortelle kort om bakgrunnen din? Hvorfor jobber du med omsorg og omsorgsforskning, hva du har gjort tidligere?

– I was born and raised in California and lived in San Francisco since 2004 before moving to Norway in 2017 with my husband who is from Arendal. I worked as an Associate Professor at the University of California San Francisco´s Institute for Health and Aging since 2008, where I led multiple research project´s in collaboration with community partners serving older adults. In 2013, I took at brief pause from my position at UCSF to live and work in Washington DC as a Health and Aging Policy Fellow in Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi´s office. This experience, although brief, gave me a greater perspective into how researchers can work to influence policy, a topic I continue to teach on and provide mentorship around. 

My mother owned and ran a care home while I was a child, so I grew up around a lot of older adults. Those experiences heightened my interest in caring research, leading me to pursue my BA in Psychology followed by a PhD in Medical Sociology. My research follows a community based participatory research approach, which means that I´m interested in working with communities and care services to identify challenges, discuss and implement possible solutions, and research their impact. With this approach, I am less concerned in the topic of research (dementia, depression, long term care, etc.) than I am in the collaborative approach and the opportunity to impact practice and policy in positive ways to improve the lives of older adults. The SOF, sør presents me with a fantastic opportunity to continue my career here in Norway, in partnership with our colleagues at the USHTs and municipalities as well as with the support of UiA, USN, and SOF´s national network. In many ways, Norway is a utopia of care services compared to the disjointed, costly, and variable services in the US; but there is always room to improve and I am impressed by the commitment to quality improvement that I have seen in the Norwegian care system.

Ønsker å bli større

Dernest er vi spent på om vi vil se noen endringer med deg bak rattet? Hva ønsker du å forandre på, på hvilken måte vil du prege senteret, hva kommer du til å prioritere? Har du staket ut en kurs?

– The SOF, sør has a successful history of partnerships with local USHTs and municipalities, and I would like to see how we can strengthen those partnerships even more. I would like SOFs to be a better partner to those in the municipalities looking for solutions to challenges in delivering care, interested in the evaluations of programs, or wanting to research new innovations in care and support. In this way, I hope we can begin to develop a research portfolio from the bottom up, starting with challenges identified by users and municipal partners. 

Our biggest challenge as a center now is to grow our size, both in staff resources and well as grants. In a couple of years, I would like us to double our size, and expand our areas of expertise both topically and methodologically. However, caring research is a broad field, and there are many opportunities to improve systems of care and support services, so I know we will also need to rely on our resources within UiA, USN, through the SOF national network, and through international collaborations. 

Forskning, politikk og praksis

Til slutt vil vi gjerne høre hva du tenker er Senter for omsorgsforskning sitt største fortrinn, og hva du ser på som senterets største utfordring.

– SOF´s greatest advantages are it´s interdisciplinary staff and proximity to practice and policy. It is a perfect platform from which to translate research into practice and policy. However, this same advantage pulls the SOF in two directions. We have to both be good partners in our communities, but also good researchers and academics. Wearing these two hats is both a privilege and a burden, as sometimes our priorities are competing with each other.