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USI Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)

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The purpose of the USI Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) is to improve health outcomes for older adults in underserved communities of southwest Indiana by developing a workforce to maximize patient and family engagement and integrate geriatrics into primary care.

To implement the five-year project, USI will be working with three Deaconess primary care clinics, the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program, and two Area Agencies on Aging (SWIRCA & More and Generations). The project is under the direction of Dr. Katie Ehlman, professor of gerontology and director of the USI Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness.

“This project is based on innovative partnerships with the goal of improving health outcomes for older adults,” she said. “The GWEP provides resources to increase the number and quality of health care professionals who are skilled, not only in geriatric and primary care, but also in collaborative problem-solving and how to more effectively use community resources to support older adults and their caregivers.”

GWEP Project Pillars

  1. Establishment of a cross-sector relationship between academia, Area Agencies on Aging and health systems
  2. Interprofessional Geriatric Assessment Clinic housed within the Deaconess Family Medicine Clinic
  3. Establish Interprofessional Education (IPE) Minka Smart-Home Telehealth Incubation Lab*
  4. Integration of Gerontology in Curriculum

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Is your organization interested in expanding your relationship with USI through the GWEP?

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3,691,706 million with zero percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

*Minka was recently featured in Parade Magazine

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