Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program



   

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About the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program

The University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) is a project funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve the health and well-being of older adults living in six counties in Kentucky: Barren, Bullitt, Hart, Henry, Metcalfe, and Shelby.

This project addresses 1) the shortage of the geriatric and primary care health workforce; 2) the need to train a health care workforce that can deliver culturally appropriate services to all diverse groups living in our area; 3) the difficulties experienced in decreasing the chronic disease burden in rural KY; 4) the lack of supportive rural environments to promote health, specifically for the older rural populations; and 5) the need for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) Supportive Education and Resources.

The Flourish Model of Care improves the health of individuals, gives them greater control over their health, and reduces costs to medical practices. Click here to learn more about social determinants of health & integrated care coordination. Learn more here.

The Flourish Care Model


The Institute’s GWEP utilizes a four-prong approach to achieve this vision including care coordination, geriatrics workforce education training, grassroots community development, and the creation of Alzheimer’s and Dementia friendly communities.

1Flourish Program:

A program that delivers interdisciplinary patient-centered care coordination in the Hart, Metcalfe, Barren, Bullitt, Henry, and Shelby counties

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2Interdisciplinary Curriculum for the Care of Older Adults:

A geriatric curriculum that trains students and professionals from medicine, nursing, social work, dentistry, pharmacy, and community health in the Flourish model of care

3. Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Communities:

A community-based coalition that seeks to develop the social networks and resources needed to promote geriatric workforce development in rural communities and to increase the community supports that help older adults in rural counties lead healthier lives

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 4. Memory 360:

An initiative to create Alzheimer's and Dementia friendly communities through education and training of clinical staff, community partners, persons with dementia, and caregivers