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September 12, 2002

Grant funds expansion of geriatric program offerings

The Geriatric Education Center of Pennsylvania (GEC/PA), headquartered at Pitt's Center for Social and Urban Research, has received a five-year, $2.1 million federal grant to expand its activities and program offerings. The grant will be used to:

* Improve the training of health professionals in geriatrics;

* Develop and disseminate curricula relating to the treatment of health problems in the elderly;

* Support the training of faculty to provide instruction in geriatrics;

* Support the continuing education of health professionals, and

* Develop student clinical training programs in geriatrics.

Faculty from Pitt and its GEC/PA collaborators, Penn State and Temple, will provide leadership for 17 educational initiatives between 2002 and 2007. Among the initiatives are workshops for training professionals to interpret the results of bone mineral density scans to screen for osteoporosis, a community-based training program for resident physicians to conduct community health assessments and a mentoring program for junior faculty.

In addition to programs directed toward Pennsylvania health care professionals, others will be developed for delivery to national audiences through partnerships with geriatric education centers at Virginia Commonwealth University, West Virginia University, Case Western Reserve and Penn.

The grant is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which funds a nationwide network of 36 geriatric education centers.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 35 Issue 2

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