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Overview of the CGEC

The Carolina Geriatric Education Center Consortium (CGEC), is a program funded by the federal agency Health Resources and Services Administration and Department of Health and Human Services. The CGEC is proud to have been awarded five years of continuation funding through June 2015.

CGEC leadership is provided by the UNC School of Medicine's Center for Aging and Health. Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, is program director and principal investigator; Ellen Roberts, PhD, MPH, serves as associate program director.

Consortium members include the NC Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program and all nine regional AHEC partners covering all of the 100 counties in North Carolina. Training is provided by Area L, Charlotte, Eastern, Greensboro, Mountain, Northwest, Southern Regional, Southeast and Wake AHECs along with the UNC Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health.

Since 1999 continuing Geriatrics education through the CGEC has trained over 10,000 health professionals from all levels in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, public health, dentistry, allied health, and health administration.

The CGEC is on the cutting edge of health care promoting evidence-based falls prevention trainings, developing practitioner core competencies in geriatrics and interdisciplinary practice, providing faculty development in health literacy and advocating for mental health for older adults.

Core project components include: faculty development, curriculum development, continuing education, student training, and preparation of residents and fellows for effective geriatrics teaching and practice.

Throughout the five-year grant, the CGEC will develop, test, refine and disseminate training materials and models locally, regionally and nationally, fostering excellence in geriatrics practice and teaching.