The Geriatrics Workforce Policy Studies Center (GWPS):
The mission of the Geriatrics Workforce Policy Studies Center (GWPS) is to provide clear, accessible data and geriatrics training and healthcare delivery issues for policymakers, government agencies, the media, and the public as well as for healthcare professionals and others with an interest in the geriatrics workforce.
Goals of the Center
- Provide clear, accessible data on geriatrics training and healthcare delivery issues;
- Provide rapid responses to those seeking information or commentary on geriatrics training and healthcare, with current data and analysis;
- Guide and supporting the implementation of recommendations from the 2008 Institute of Medicine report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce;
- Guide current and future national policy through provision of high quality longitudinal information on the status of geriatric medicine training and practice;
- Refine geriatric medicine workforce projections to reflect the clinical care needs of older adults and how the workforce can best be deployed to meet these needs; and
- Analyze progress in creating faculty in all medical disciplines who have sufficient geriatrics content expertise to train the next generation of providers.
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) established the Geriatrics Workforce Policy Studies (GWPS) Center in 2009 with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation. The GWPS Center has built upon the work accomplished under the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Program's (ADGAP) longitudinal data study, which had been funded by grants from the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
The GWPS Center more closely integrates the work of the longitudinal study team – led by Drs. Gregg Warshaw and Elizabeth Bragg – into AGS public policy activities. It provides AGS with essential information concerning geriatrics, geriatrics training, the geriatrics workforce, and related healthcare delivery topics. This effort better enables AGS to promptly provide information and commentary concerning geriatrics training, workforce trends, and related matters to policymakers, government agencies, and the media. The Center also helps the AGS proactively reach out to key legislators, government agencies, and the media to raise their awareness of geriatrics workforce and related issues, and guide and support the AGS' legislative agenda.