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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

Deadline: February 6, 2019

The Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) seeks to establish and operate geriatrics education centers that will implement the GWEP project to develop a healthcare workforce that maximizes patient and family engagement and improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics and primary care. Special emphasis is on providing the primary care workforce with the knowledge and skills to care for older adults and partnering with community-based organizations (CBOs) to address gaps in healthcare for older adults, promote age-friendly health systems and dementia-friendly communities, and address the social determinants of health.

GWEP program goals are: 1) to educate and train the primary care and geriatrics workforce to care for older adults in integrated geriatrics and primary care models, and 2) to partner with community based organizations (CBOs) to address gaps in healthcare for older adults, promote age-friendly health systems and dementia-friendly communities, and address the social determinants of health. Program objectives are:

  1. Develop partnerships between academia, primary care delivery sites or systems, and community-based organizations to educate and train a workforce, including curriculum development as necessary, to provide value-based care that improves health outcomes for older adults.
  2. Train geriatrics specialists, primary care providers, and health professions students, residents, fellows and faculty to assess and address the primary care needs of older adults.
  3. Transform clinical training environments into integrated geriatrics and primary care systems to become age-friendly health systems that incorporate the principles of value-based care and alternative-payment models (e.g., Advanced Alternative Payment Modes [AAPMs], bundled payment, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus [CPC+]).
  4. Deliver community-based programs that provide patients, families, caregivers, and direct care workers with the knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes for older adults.
  5. Provide training to patients, families, caregivers, direct care workers, healthcare providers, and health professions students, residents, fellows and faculty on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) and how cognitive and behavioral impairments impact medical care throughout the course of illness, including the value of supporting dementia-friendly communities and when it is appropriate to recruit older adults into research.

Interprofessional collaboration is a required component of all project objectives, and medicine must be one of the professions included in all interprofessional activities.

Applicants have the opportunity to (but are not required to) select one of two preferences:

  • Applicants with projects that substantially benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in state or local health departments.
  • Applicants that demonstrate a high rate for placing graduates in practice settings having the principal focus of serving residents of Medically Underserved Communities or demonstrate a significant increase in the rate of placing graduates in Medically Underserved Communities settings over the preceding two years.

Amount: A total of $35,730,000 is available to make up to 47 cooperative agreements that range up to $750,000 per year for five years.

Eligibility: Accredited health professions schools and programs. The following entities are eligible applicants:

  • Schools of Allopathic Medicine
  • Schools of Veterinary Medicine
  • Schools of Dentistry
  • Schools of Public Health
  • Schools of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Schools of Chiropractic
  • Schools of Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant Programs
  • Schools of Optometry
  • Schools of Allied Health
  • Schools of Podiatric Medicine
  • Schools of Nursing

The following accredited graduate programs are also eligible applicants:

  • Health Administration
  • Behavioral Health and Mental Health Practice including: Clinical
  • Psychology, Clinical Social Work, Professional Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy.

Additional eligible applicants are: a health care facility, a program leading to certification as a certified nurse assistant, a partnership of a school of nursing such and facility, or a partnership of such a program and facility. Faith-based and community-based organizations, Tribes, and tribal organizations may apply if otherwise eligible.

All applicants must be accredited.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310293

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