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Faith Hopp

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Associate Professor, Doctoral Program Director
(313) 577-4423 (Phone)

Faith Hopp, MSW, Ph.D. is the Associate Professor, Director of the Social Work PhD program, and a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar.  Prior to her faculty appointment at Wayne State University, she was a Research Investigator with the Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. She has served as principal investigator and co-investigator on federal and foundation grants focused on interventions and programs for people facing chronic diseases, including heart failure and diabetes, and end of life issues for these populations.  


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Degrees and Certifications
  • Ph.D., Social Work and Sociology, University of Michigan
  • M.S.W., Social Work, University of Michigan
  • B.A., Oberlin College
Teaching Interests
  • Social research
  • Social welfare policy
  • Aging/gerontology
Areas of Expertise


  • Clinical trials
  • Survey design
  • Qualitative research


  • Older Adults


  • Intervention research and policies affecting people facing chronic disease and end of life issues
  • Telehealth systems and chronic illness care
  • Gerontology
  • Issues related to ethnic and racial diversity, Aging, and Health


  • End of life care
  • Chronic disease


Research Project

Evaluation of the @HOMe Support Program. Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation

Dr. Hopp served as Co-Principal Investigator on a research project funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation. This study, conducted in collaboration with colleagues from Hospice of Michigan, was designed to evaluate cost and service outcomes for the @HOMe Support program, a novel interdisciplinary home-based program for patients and caregivers facing advanced illness that draws on the Chronic Care Model. A cost analysis involved paired sample t-tests to examine pre/post differences in health care expenditures obtained from Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) claims data for program participants. Average 6-month costs per month significantly declined for patients older than 65 years of age from one of two Health Maintenance Organizations. Evaluation of the second HMO showed that patients less than 65 years of age with lower preentry costs (<70 000) had a nonsignificant decline in total costs. Study findings suggest @HOMe Support is associated with reductions in the use and cost for most health services over time.

Assessing Needs for an Ethnic Older Adult Day Care Program: A Feasibility Study

Dr. Hopp lead a research team to address the need for information about the perceptions of older adults, caregivers, and community leaders concerning their interest in the development of adult day care (ADC) programming .The ACCESS organization in Dearborn, Michigan provided funding for a qualitative research study involving focus groups and individual interviews among a multicultural group of seniors, caregivers, community leaders, and service providers in the multicultural community of Dearborn, Michigan. Focus groups (between two and eight participants) were conducted in English for older adults (two groups) caregivers (one group) and one group that included both older adults and caregivers. One of the older adults groups was conducted in Arabic. Eight interviews were conducted with religious leaders and administrators of aging services organizations. The resulting qualitative data was analyzed using an inductive thematic approach. Themes identified included those related to transportation, socialization, access to care among the multicultural community in metropolitan Detroit, the desire of seniors to feel productive and display cultural talents, and the need for adult day centers celebrating varied cultural practices and languages. Older adults in the Detroit area, many of whom are of Arab descent, face many challenges in accessing supportive health and long-term care services. They are excited about possibilities to support their community by developing an adult day center that celebrates diverse multicultural programming while providing needed social and medical support.

Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCS) for Older Adults

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act provides new opportunities for health care and social services providers to address these concerns by lending their considerable expertise to promote goals related to preventing disease, reducing health disparities, and cutting health care costs For these health and social care initiatives to be effective, they must be accessible to older adults living in a variety of community settings. One type of setting, referred to as Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) are geographical areas not originally designed for older adults, but where a significant number of elders reside. Organized service provision for persons living in NORCS is an emerging strategy for addressing the needs of the many older adults who prefer to age in place. As a means of effectively developing their own programs and services to serve the needs of older adults living in NORCS, agencies such as the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) has engaged Dr. Hopp as Co-Principal investigator for a study designed to research and disseminate comprehensive information on the characteristics and outcomes from existing NORC service programs.

This project addressed the following research questions:

1. What programs have been developed to address the needs of older adults living in NORCS, and what are the characteristics of these programs in terms of participant demographic characteristics, geographic location, and service provision?

2. What types of research designs have been utilized to evaluate the efficacy of NORC service provision, and what kinds of program outcomes have been observed, and what is the relevance of these studies for NORC service provision by DAAA?

3. What resources are available to inform the development of new service programs to address the needs of older adults living in NORCS? These resources may include program development guides, national organizations, and nationally known experts in the field.

The information obtained from this study will inform the development of future NORC service models in the Detroit area.

For further details on other research, see Center for Social Work Research: http://research.socialwork.wayne.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=143&Itemid=83

Office Location
5447 Woodward Avenue, Rm 289
Courses Taught
SW 9100 Social Statistics and Data Analysis
SW 9420 Research Practicum