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Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program  (GWEP)

GWEPThe Geriatric Education Center of Pennsylvania, based at UCSUR, leads a consortium comprising the University of Pittsburgh, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pennsylvania State University Center on Healthy Aging, the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services, and the University of Pittsburgh.  Six initiatives provide training and resources to professional and paraprofessional health care providers, older adults, and family caregivers.  Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, these initiatives address several regional needs and national directives regarding geriatric education:

  • Improving the care of elderly veterans through education of primary care providers and family members
  • Transforming clinical training for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
    and providing training to health and social services professionals in rural and underserved urban areas
  • Advancing dementia care competency and preparedness across disciplines in
    multiple primary care settings
  • Improving mental health care for older adults in primary care settings
  • Improving healthy lifestyles of older adults by training health and social
    service providers to implement preventive interventions for older adults in
    community settings
  • Establishing a regional community-based outreach and resource center


Geriatric Workforce

More details about the GWEP project can be found at the UPMC Aging Institute website.

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