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October 1, 2015

Geriatric workforce program is funded

The graying of America presents unique challenges to the delivery of quality health care services to seniors throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt is helping regional health care providers meet those challenges with a new geriatrics workforce enhancement program, through a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

Richard Schulz, director of the program as well as director of the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR), said: “Through this geriatrics program, the University of Pittsburgh will play a significant role in better preparing our region’s health care workforce to respond to the unique needs of older patients and their families. In the coming years, we will be able to advance dementia-care competency and preparedness across multiple disciplines, enhance the care of elderly veterans, and improve the mental health care of older adults in primary-care facilities. We also will establish a regional, community-based outreach and resource center.”

The program will partner with area primary-care facilities and community-based organizations to carry out training that addresses the care needs of older adults. It also will assist local health facilities with implementing national directives regarding geriatric care and education.

Pitt’s program will be implemented by the Geriatric Education Center of Pennsylvania, part of UCSUR. Collaborating partners include the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University, the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 48 Issue 3

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