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Educational Events

The mission of the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center is to provide education to the health care workforce that will optimize care for older adults. Toward this end, the FLGEC is pleased to sponsor and/or co-sponsor several events each year. 

2024 Older Adults & Opioids Webinar Series

A Public Health Approach to the Overdose Epidemic

  • Presenter: Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS, Commissioner, NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS)
  • Date: Friday January 26, 2024, 12pm—1pm ET

Perceptions of Substance Use with Older Adults

  • Presenter: Diana Padilla, MCPC, CARC, CASAC-T, Research Project Manager, NYS Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Medical Center, Opioid Response Network, Region 2
  • Date: Thursday February 15, 2024, 12pm—1pm ET

Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults

  • Presenter: Abhilash Desai, MD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Washington School of Medicine, Idaho Track
  • Date: Friday March 15, 2024, 12pm—1pm ET

Medical Marijuana and Older Adults

  • Presenter: Timothy J. Holahan, DO, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Date: Tuesday April 23, 2024, 12pm—1pm ET

Aging, the Opioid Epidemic, and Care Considerations for Native Communities

  • Presenters: Savannah Gene, CHES, Program Director for the Community Health Education Resiliency Program, Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, and Benjamin H. Nguyễn, MSW, LCSW, CPH, Public Mental Health Consultant; Private Practice Psychotherapist; Managing Director, Westside Pacific Villages
  • Date: Tuesday May 21, 2024, 12pm —1pm ET
  • The presentation will look at the prevalence of opioid use among older people. A broad biopsychosocial framework and sociohistorical lens will be utilized to analyze risk factors and vulnerabilities for substance use among older people. The presentation will conclude with care considerations that integrate psychosocial aspects of well-being.

Opioid Overdose Prevention - Narcan Training (with free Narcan kit)

  • Presenter: Charlotte Crawford, RN, MSN, MBA, Consultant
  • Date: Friday June 14, 2024, 12pm—1pm ET
  • The opioid epidemic continues to exist, stressing the importance of early recognition of an individual experiencing an overdose. Now more than ever the importance of having Narcan readily available and the knowledge on the use of Narcan can and will save lives. Understanding how the Good Samaritan Law will impact those administering the medication will alleviate the fear in providing care. Understanding the importance in calling 911 for all overdoses, as this is frequently the individual’s first introduction to potential care for their substance use disorder. Reporting the use of Narcan will provide important data to the State, which in turn can turn into increased funding to address this issue.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS (one credit per session)


ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Western New York Area Rural Health Education Center (WNY R-AHEC).

CERTIFICATION: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Work

University of Rochester Medical Center, Center for Experiential Learning is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0005. Each session has been approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy & Mental Health Practitioners

Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center, Inc. (WNY R-AHEC) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Boards for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Mental Health Practitioners (#MHC-0268) as an approved provider of continuing education for physical therapists and assistants, occupational therapists and assistants, and licensed mental health counselors.

2024 Older Adults and Opioids Webinar Series Registration: online registration



2024 Let’s Talk About Health: Caring for Older Adults in Rural New York


A virtual conference for healthcare professionals and caregivers serving older adults in rural areas

Date: May 17, 2024

Platform: Zoom Meeting

Target Audience: Health care professionals, formal and informal caregivers

Agenda: 2024 Let's Talk About Health


Flyer: 2024 Registration flyer

The 3Ds: Delirium, Dementia, and Depression

In collaboration with the Home Care Association of New York State Education & Research (HCA E&R) and the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center developed:


Continuing Education Credits - How to Find your Transcript

Access your Transcript: UR CEL

Instructions for accessing your transcript: UR CEL Guide

For assistance accessing your transcript, please contact the CEL office at 585-275-7666.

These projects are sponsored by the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program # U1QHP28738.  This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors/speakers and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, DHHS, or the U.S. Government.