GWEP Coordinating Center


The Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program Coordinating Center (GWEP-CC) is supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation and serves as a strategic resource for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s GWEP grantees. The goal of the GWEP-CC is to support GWEPs by providing programming and resources tailored to their needs and focused on preparing the healthcare workforce to care for older adults. In 2019, HRSA funded its second cohort of 48 GWEP grantees across 35 states and 2 territories (Guam and Puerto Rico), and provided extension grants to 15 former GWEP awardees. Three of the extension awardees have partnered with another GWEP funded in the second cohort.

What is the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program?

The GWEP’s purpose is to improve health outcomes for older adults by developing a healthcare workforce that maximizes patient and family engagement, and by integrating geriatrics and primary care. The goals of this program are to: 1) educate and train the primary care and geriatrics workforce to care for older adults in integrated geriatrics and primary care models, and 2) partner with community-based organizations (CBOs) to address gaps in healthcare for older adults, promote Age-Friendly health systems and dementia-friendly communities, and address the social determinants of health.

GWEP awardees have the flexibility to identify education and training needs unique to their own communities. GWEPs and their partners include schools of medicine, schools of nursing, primary care practices, community-based organizations, clinical settings, academia programs, long term care centers, and emergency departments.

The 48 GWEP awardees are working towards:

  • Developing partnerships between academia, primary care delivery sites/systems, and community-based organizations. 
  • Training geriatrics specialists, primary care providers, and health professions students, residents, fellows, and faculty to assess and address the primary care needs of older adults.
  • Delivering community-based programming that provides patients, families, caregivers, and direct care workers with the knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes for older adults. 
  • Providing training to patients, families, caregivers, direct care workers, healthcare providers, and health professions students, residents, fellows, and faculty on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias and how cognitive and behavioral impairments impact medical care throughout the course of illness.

In November 2023, HRSA announced the GWEP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NoFO) for their next cohort. Up to 43 awards will be granted for five years, from July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2029. The application due date is February 26, 2024. The NoFO can be found here.

What Does the GWEP Coordinating Center Do?

The GWEP-CC supports GWEP awardees by bringing them together for national meetings, providing resources to be used towards clinical content products, memberships, and meeting travel, as well as offering other educational and networking opportunities including webinars and advocacy training. 

Now in its third phase, the overarching objectives of the GWEP Coordinating Center are to:

  • Support and celebrate the GWEPs in obtaining, maintaining, and moving up to Level-1 and Level-2 Age-Friendly Health System recognition.
  • Support the GWEPs to meet HRSA’s goals as specified in the upcoming notice of funding opportunity, including accounting for HRSA input during the collaborative planning process that occurs on our monthly team planning calls. 
  • Meet the needs of the GWEPs as identified on annual evaluation and needs assessment (survey) and specific program evaluations.
  • Advocate for Title VII Geriatrics Health Professions Programs (the GWEPs and the GACAs), with goal of reauthorization of programs in 2024 and maintaining at least level funding for federal fiscal years 2024 – 2027.

The GWEP Coordinating Center will support GWEPs through the following:

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

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