Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program

The Center for Aging and Health at UNC, received a 5 year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to integrate geriatrics into primary care and expand interprofessional education in geriatrics.

CGWEP 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.

Collaborating partners include East Carolina University College of Nursing the NC Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program and all nine regional AHEC partners covering all of the 100 counties in North Carolina. Continuing education for health care professionals and families 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. The CGWEP is building bridges between the clinic and the community by partnering with the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services.

Since 2010 continuing Geriatrics education through the CGWEP and its predecessor the Carolina Geriatric Education Center (CGEC) has trained over 43,000 health professionals from all levels in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, public health, dentistry, allied health, and health administration.

The CGWEP is on the cutting edge of health care promoting evidence-based falls prevention screenings, increased referrals to caregiver education and support, advance care planning, screening for opioid misuse and diabetes care.  The CGWEP develops practitioner core competencies in geriatrics and interprofessional practice in order to extend the geriatrics workforce and improve health outcomes.

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

For more information about Geriatric Education Centers check out the National Association for Geriatric Education