The UC San Diego Division of Geriatrics has two Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Awards funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - one as a sub-award with San Diego State University and the County of San Diego's Aging and Independence Services. Both of these grants are helping to develop and expand the health care work force trained to better care for San Diego County's older adult population.
Nationally, the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program grants are a $35.7 million effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) aimed to improve the quality of healthcare for older Americans. DHHS initially awarded cooperative agreements to 44 organizations in 29 states in 2015, to develop programs responsive to the specific interprofessional geriatrics education and training needs of their communities. California received the largest number of awards. Funding is for three years.
1) The San Diego GWEP Collaborative with our own Dr. Diane Chau serving as the PI, has created an interprofessional “Geriatrics Scholars” training program designed to increase the number of health providers in geriatrics through an interdisciplinary, geriatrics clinical training experience. Partners include San Ysidro Health Center, PACE, and the VA, with the goal to provide substantial training with medically underserved populations, including the Latino population and homeless veterans.
2) The UC San Diego Divisions of Geriatrics and Geriatric Psychiatry are also partners on The San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center (SDIGEC) with the San Diego State University's School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and Graduate School of Public Health, along with the San Diego County Aging & Independence Services and five community partners, including Alzheimer's San Diego, Glenner Memory Care Centers, San Diego County Medical Society Foundation, and Southern Caregiver Resource Centers. It is building upon the regional Alzheimer’s Project Initiative to increase the healthcare workforce trained across multiple levels to enhance care for those with memory loss and maximize patient/family engagement to improve outcomes on a County-wide level.