Skip to main content
Caregiver talking with an elderly woman.
Image Copyright iStock

UNC’s Center for Aging and Health and the University of Louisville (UofL) Trager Institute are one of eleven recipients of a two-year Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services grant. HRSA dedicated a total of $2,450,107 to fund ‘FlourishConnect,’ a collaborative project for UNC-CH and UofL. This funding will be used to create and deliver COVID-19-specific education and training to the nursing home workforce, its residents, their families, and caregivers.

‘FlourishConnect’ is based on the trademarked FlourishCare™ model developed at the UofL Trager Institute. This collaborative project will build on lessons learned from the National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network (NNHCAN). Using their combined expertise with their respective Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Programs (GWEPs), UofL and UNC-CH will expand services to an additional 50 nursing homes in both North Carolina and Kentucky (100 total). A major aim of the program is transforming nursing homes into age-friendly health systems. It will promote age-friendly nursing homes focusing on several major COVID-19-related issues:

  • Special COVID-19 related needs of nursing home residents, especially the dementia population.
  • Needs of the nursing home workforce such as post-traumatic stress due to COVID-19 among staff.
  • COVID-19 vaccine access and hesitancy, especially in vulnerable rural communities and among nursing home staff.
  • Ways to strengthen the long-term care industry during the COVID-19 pandemic by addressing gaps in COVID-19 specific health care of nursing home residents.

Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program staff includes Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, Project Director; Ellen Roberts, E., PhD, MPH, Evaluation Director; Cristine Henage, MPS, EdD, Project Assistant Director; and Jennifer Hubbard, BA – Program Manager, NC.

Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program horizontal logo