Russell E. Morgan, Jr., is President of the SPRY Foundation located in Washington, DC. Dr. Morgan brings to the SPRY Foundation over 30 years of experience in health care and policy related issues. When he joined SPRY in 1996, he stepped into the leadership role of the foundation with a clear vision for SPRY: "The SPRY Foundation is in a unique position to function as a catalyst to help address the critical health and changing retirement interests of our nation's mature adults. This will be particularly important for the coming generation of baby boomers who will face unparalleled challenges and opportunities with their future.”
SPRY's goal is to help everyone age successfully. SPRY focuses on wellness and health, mental health, financial security, and intellectual connectivity. Emphasis is placed on translating outcomes of new scientific research, and using new communication technologies and principles of adult and multi-generational learning. The objective is to improve the quality of life of people as they age by helping them to better understand and become creatively involved with personal decisions regarding volunteerism, life long learning and personal employment.
Previously, Dr. Morgan was the President of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Immunology and Aging in Washington, D.C., from 1992 to 1996. He was also the first President of the National Council for International Health (Global Health Council), holding that position for thirteen years, and he has held senior positions with the American Public Health Association and was Executive Secretary of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. He has specialized in policy, planning and organizational development. Dr. Morgan is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having spent three years teaching biology, chemistry and physics to high school students in rural areas in Kenya. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in biology and chemistry from Moravian College. He holds a Masters of Science in Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Doctor of Public Health from the University of Texas.
In 1988, Dr. Morgan was presented with the World Health Organization's "Health for All" award for his global leadership in promoting primary health. He was a Takemi Visiting Fellow at Harvard University in 1991, and the Regent's Lecturer at UCLA in 1992. That same year he was co-editor of Global Learning for Health , a book that stresses the commonalities in providing community based primary health services to underserved populations around the world, including the U.S.
In May 1999, during its 50 th Anniversary Celebration, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health honored Dr. Morgan as one of its fifty outstanding graduates. Also from 1999 to 2003, Dr. Morgan was appointed by the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association to serve as Chairperson of their International Human Rights Committee. Dr. Morgan has published an article in the Summer/Fall 2002 Issue of The Gerontologist entitled: Human Rights: A New Language for Aging Advocacy .
Dr. Morgan has led the SPRY Foundation's activities that focus on the engagement of older Americans in Informal Science Education (ISE). He has been the Principal Investigator of a NSF funded initiative that focused on developing a new ISE program design in which older adults and middle school youth are teamed as co-learners to learn science concepts and support each other's inquiry. Twenty topical modules were developed and tested, including their application in workshop, museum, and on-line settings. An article on the project is currently under peer review.
SPRY has also organized, in partnership with NIH and numerous other government and private companies, foundations, and non-profit organizations, a series of national conferences in 1999, 2001, and 2003 designed to translate new approaches for enabling older Americans to use computer and Internet based technology to improve the quality of their lives. Dr. Morgan's article in the Winter 2004 edition of Public Policy and Aging Report , focused on the topic “Computer-based Technology and Caregiving for Older Adults: Exploring the Range of Possibilities and Beyond.” In 2006 Dr. Morgan was PI for an NIH funded program to develop a model program designed to enable older adults in an affordable housing community to access quality health information on the Internet through NLM websites such as NIHSeniorHealth.gov and MedlinePlus.
Dr. Morgan serves pro-bono as President of the Peace Corps Encore!, a newly formed national non-profit organization. Together with two other colleagues and a salaried Executive Director, the organization is designed to provide former Peace Corps Volunteers who are nearing retirement age with short term opportunities (3 weeks to 3 months) to help strengthen the infrastructure capabilities of colleagues and programs in developing countries, with continuing technical ties and support provided via the Internet.
Dr. Morgan PI of the June 2006 NSF sponsored conference: The Longevity Revolution: How Science Centers Can Engage an Older America, and its supplemental activities.