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New Ventures: The Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program

The Carolina Geriatric Education Center (CGEC), received a 3 year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to integrate geriatrics into primary care and expand interprofessional education in geriatrics. 

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.

Collaborating partners include 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.

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 interprofessional practice 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.

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

http://n-age.org/