Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

The John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Coordinating Center is supported by a $3 million grant awarded to the AGS in 2016. As a component of the GWEP platform administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the GWEP Coordinating Center (GWEP-CC) serves as a strategic resource for the diverse 44 GWEP awardees across 29 states. Each GWEP site is working on programs that integrate geriatrics into primary care and increase access to community-based programs for older adults and their families and caregivers.

What is the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program?

The GWEP supports developing a better healthcare workforce for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care, maximizing older adult and family engagement in health and care, and transforming the healthcare system.

GWEP awardees have the flexibility to identify education and training needs unique to their own communities. GWEP sites include 25 schools of medicine, 10 schools of nursing, five healthcare facilities, two schools of allied health, a school of social work, and a certified nurse assistant program.

The 44 GWEP awardees are working to:

  • Change clinical training environments into integrated geriatrics and primary care delivery systems.
  • Train providers to assess and address the needs of older adults, their families and caregivers at the individual, community and populations levels.
  • Deliver community-based programs that provide patients, families and caregivers with the knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes and quality of care.

What Does the GWEP Coordinating Center Do?

The GWEP-CC supports GWEP awardees by bringing them together for national meetings, networking opportunities, mentoring, and consultations with geriatrics experts. The Coordinating Center also helps to centralize resources for professional and public education so awardees have access to shared best practices and the latest tools.

The overarching aims of the GWEP Coordinating Center are to:

  • Provide opportunities for collaborative learning among GWEP sites. Click here to access the slides from the May 2018 GWEP Preconference session.
  • Offer content and resources for professional and public education to improve quality of care for older adults.
  • Provide mentoring and consultation with geriatrics experts.
  • Engage the GWEP sites in advocacy for Title VII and Title VIII funding.
  • Conduct a national evaluation of the GWEP sites to inform future HRSA programming.

The GWEP-CC is led by a team of three co-Principal Investigators, Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, Ellen Flaherty, PhD, MSN, APRN, and Jane F. Potter, MD, and an Interprofessional Advisory Council.  The GWEP-CC is administered by the AGS.

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Where Are GWEP Awardees Working on Local Solutions to the Geriatrics Workforce Shortage?

  • Baystate Health: The Baystate Regional Geriatrics and Palliative Care Initiative-The Geripal TLC Project (Transformation through Learning and Collaboration)
  • College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island: Rhode Island Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (RI-GWEP)
  • Dartmouth College: Northern New England Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program 
  • Division of Geriatrics, University of California San Francisco: Optimizing Aging: A National Geriatrics Workforce Model to Secure the Safety Net for Underserved Seniors
  • Duke University: Duke Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program: Communities Caring for Seniors
  • East Carolina University
  • Florida State University
  • Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU College of Nursing: A Clinical/Community Partnership to Expand Primary Care of Older Adults (CC-PCOA)
  • Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM): Indiana Interprofessional Geriatrics Education and Training Center (IGETC)
  • John Hopkins University, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology: Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine: LIGHT: Lake Erie Integrated Geriatric Health Team
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital
  • Marquette University, College of Nursing: Wisconsin Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania: Keystone Center for Enhancing Geriatrics Primary Care and Education
  • Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): Program for Improving Care of Aging adults through Training and Education (PICATE)
  • Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine: New Jersey Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (NJGWEP) 
  • Rush University College of Nursing: Better Health through Education and Transformation of Older Adult Care in Illinois
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine: Gateway Geriatric Education Center Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program 
  • School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh: Mid-Atlantic Geriatric Workforce Development Center
  • SDSU Research Foundation: San Diego Imperial Geriatric Education Center 
  • Southcentral Foundation: Alaska Geriatric Interdisciplinary Training Development Program (Alaska GILD) 
  • Summa Health System
  • The Healthcare Institute LLC (THI): Educate to Empower (E2) 
  • The University of Iowa: Interprofessional Strategic Healthcare Alliance for Rural Education (iSHARE) 
  • The University of Montana – Missoula: Montana Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program 
  • University of Arizona Board of Regents: Arizona Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program 
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, San Diego: The San Diego GWEP Collaborative 
  • University of Chicago Medicine (UCM): South Side Healthy Aging Resource Experts (SHARE) Network
  • University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine: Pacific Islands Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program 
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing: ENGAGE-IL: ENhancement of Geriatric Care for All through TraininG and Empowerment: An InterprofessionaL Imperative 
  • University of Louisville
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH): Carolina Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (CGWEP)
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
  • University of Rochester: Finger Lakes Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Utah: Utah Geriatric Education Consortium
  • University of Washington, School of Medicine: Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NW GWEC)
  • University of Wyoming (UW) School of Pharmacy: The Wyoming Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU): Virginia Geriatric Education Center Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
  • Yale University School of Medicine: Connecticut Older Adult Collaborative for Health (COACH)