The Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program: Review of the Coordinating Center and Examples of the GWEP in Practice

Ellen Flaherty, Jan Busby-Whitehead, Jane Potter, Nancy Lundebjerg, Daniel E. Trucil

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Abstract

The Health Resources and Services Administration created the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) in 2015 to address future geriatric workforce challenges and redefine the delivery of care to older adults. The John A. Hartford Foundation subsequently funded the GWEP Coordinating Center (GWEP-CC) to offer centralized, strategic support to these 44 diverse GWEP sites. This article outlines the last 3 years of GWEP work done at the national and local levels to transform geriatric care. Dissemination of the innovative Geriatric Interprofessional Team Transformation in Primary Care program, created by the Dartmouth GWEP, demonstrates how the GWEP-CC can benefit local initiatives and inform national perspectives. The GWEP-CC is a change agent in this way, scaling and distributing information and implementation support across the country. The GWEP-CC also serves as an essential repository of data, continuously determining what is working and what could be improved. This informs activity of the GWEP-CC, funders and other stakeholders, and provides the most up-to-date resources to GWEP sites and their partners. The GWEP-CC achieves its objectives through several key pillars: networking opportunities, education and training, advocacy, and evaluation. Although many advances have been made, opportunities to continue paving the way are plenty, especially with regards to mental health. This article discusses the work accomplished to date and presents some future considerations for mental health and overall healthcare transformation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-686
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume27
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2019

Keywords

  • American Geriatrics Society
  • Geriatric Training and Education
  • Geriatric Workforce
  • Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
  • Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program Coordinating Center (GWEP-CC)
  • HRSA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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