Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program established

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The American Geriatrics Society has received a $3 million grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation to establish a Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program Coordinating Center.

The center will be a resource for those organizations working on increasing the number of healthcare professionals trained to care for the elderly, experts said. It  is a component of the GWEP platform administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Over three years, AGS will support geriatrics education, use education centers to train health providers, improve health outcomes for seniors and integrate geriatrics knowledge and skills into primary care.

Guidance will come from HRSA and foundation experts. The GWEP replaces previous HRSA geriatrics programs. There are 10 schools of nursing and 25 medical schools that are among the GWEP grant recipients.