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.

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 the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services and UNC Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health help the CGWEP building bridges between the clinic and the community.

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.

Clinical Priorities

  1. Increase the number of dementia caregivers who receive education and support
  2. Increase the screening of older adults for opioid misuse
  3. Increase the number of older adults who have completed an advance care plan
  4. Increase falls screening and intervention rates in primary care
  5. Decrease the number of older adults returning to the emergency room due to a fall
  6. Decrease the percentage of adults who have an A1C higher than 9, which indicates uncontrolled diabetes

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