Montana Geriatric Education Center receives funding

More than $35 million in awards to 44 organizations in 29 states were made to support quality care for older Americans through the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, Health and Human Service Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced at the White House Conference on Aging on July 13, 2015. In order to prepare the healthcare workforce to respond to the needs associated with advancing age, awardees identified the specific interprofessional geriatrics education and training needs of their communities and developed a program responsive to those needs. 

The Montana Geriatric Education Center is the recipient of a Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) award in the amount of $682,634 in year one, which is renewable for two additional years through June of 2018 for a possible total of $2.1 million. Working in collaboration with RiverStone Health and St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings and the Mountain Pacific Quality Health Foundation in Helena, the Montana GWEP will implement seven initiatives to provide education and training for health care professionals, direct care workers, and caregivers. MTGEC is housed in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montana.

Led by project director, Gayle Hudgins, Pharm. D., and associate director, Terry Egan, M.S., an interdisciplinary team of Montana GWEP faculty from across the state will address the geriatric educational needs of physicians, PA’s, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and many other disciplines. In addition, training opportunities will be provided for nursing and home health assistants, direct care workers, and lay and family caregivers to improve the quality of care for Montana’s aging population.

For more information, contact the MTGEC at 406-243-2480 or visit its website at http://health.umt.edu/mtgec/