Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center
The University of Rochester Division of Geriatrics & Aging was awarded the highly competitive HRSA-funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant. This 3-year $2.5 million award establishes and operates a geriatric education center for health care workforce development that maximizes patient and family engagement and improves health outcomes for older adults. This grant funds the continuation of one of the largest geriatric educational initiatives to date for our region, serving a 17 county area of the Finger Lakes and meeting the needs of both rural communities and the greater metropolitan region of Rochester. The focus of this award is on integrating geriatrics with primary care and creating linkages with community based supports and services.
The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (FLGEC) will develop a health care workforce that maximizes patient and family engagement and improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care. Special emphasis will be on providing the primary care workforce with the knowledge and skills to care for older adults and on collaborating with community partners to address gaps in health care for older adults through individual, system, community, and population-level changes.
Activities will include training of patients, families, caregivers, direct care workers, and health professions (providers, students, residents, fellows) who will provide health care to older adults and the education of the faculty who train these individuals. Activities may also provide educational programs for patients, family members, and caregivers to afford them the knowledge and skills for self-management or the care delivery of older adults.
(1) integrate geriatrics and primary care delivery systems;
(2) partner with community-based programs which serve patients, families, and caregivers;
(3) provide interprofessional training for health professionals (faculty development, residencies, traineeships, fellowships), and
(4) Education on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for families, caregivers, direct care workers, health professional students, faculty, and providers.
Thomas V. Caprio, MD
University of Rochester
435 East Henrietta Rd.
Rochester, NY 14620
P (585) 760-6364
F (585) 760-6376