Program Description

The purpose of this cooperative agreement program is to establish and operate geriatric education centers that will implement the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) to develop a health care workforce that maximizes patient and family engagement and improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care.

General Program Requirements

Projects must develop collaborations to ensure integrated delivery systems. Grantees must use funds for the following activities:

  1. Develop and implement integrated geriatrics and primary care health care delivery systems to provide clinical experiences for trainees with the goal of improving comprehensive, coordinated care for older adults;
  2. Partner with, or create as appropriate, community-based outreach resource centers to address the learning and support needs of older adults, their families and their caregivers. Such programs must address local needs, taking into account available care settings, social resources, and community culture. Topics in addressing psychosocial needs, disease self-management, patient engagement, and population health are encouraged;
  3. Provide training to individuals who will provide care to older adults within the context of the above focus areas. Categories of individuals may include: patients, families, caregivers, direct care providers, primary care providers, students, residents, fellows, and faculty.
  4. In addition, projects may include Alzheimer's disease and related dementias education and training for patients, families, caregivers, direct care providers, and health professions students, faculty, and providers.

Restricted Uses: Student support through stipends, tuition, and fees from other funding sources is not eligible for support. Funds may not be used for the constructions of buildings or the acquisition of land.

GEC: Assistance can be used to establish and operate a Geriatric Education Center (GEC) to (a) improve the training of health professionals in geriatrics; (b) develop and disseminate curricula relating to the treatment of the health problems of elderly individuals; (c) support training and retraining of faculty to provide instruction in geriatrics; (d) support continuing education of health professionals who provide geriatric care; and (e) provide students with clinical training in geriatrics in nursing homes, chronic and acute disease hospitals, ambulatory care centers, and senior centers.

Funds may not be used for trainee costs, the constructions of buildings or the acquisition of land.

Restricted Uses: For both GWEP and GECs, indirect costs under training awards to organizations other than State, local or American Indian tribal governments will be budgeted and reimbursed at 8 percent of modified total direct costs rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement, and are not subject to upward or downward adjustment. Funds may not be used for trainee costs, the constructions of buildings or the acquisition of land.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

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Program Contact Information

Nina Tumosa
Public Health Analyst

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.969
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Length of Program3 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes

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