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                                                                                                                      September 13, 2017

Washington PostsThe Latest:

GWEP Reauthorization Progress

The Bills

As we hope you have heard, on Friday, September 8, 2017, Representatives Schakowsky (D-IL), Matsui (D-CA), and McKinley (R-WV) introduced the “Geriatrics Workforce and Caregiver Enhancement Act,” H.R. 3713.  This bill authorizes the GWEP for five years at $45.8 million per year.  It also authorizes the Geriatric Academic Career Awards at $5.2 million per year.  Chairman Burgess (R-TX) of the Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee has introduced a similar bill (H.R. 3728) this week using current funding levels ($38.7 million for the GWEP).  Although there is no funding amount in his bill for the GACAs, it does include the authorization of the program and we are working with staff to find funding.  It also authorizes several other parts of Title VII.  NAGE is now working to secure Senate bill sponsors.

Rep Schakowsky’s Bill:
H.R.3713 – Geriatrics Workforce and Caregiver Enhancement Act

Rep. Burgess’ Bill:
H.R.3728 – EMPOWER Act of 2017

The Hearing (and Our Very Own Dr. Janice A. Knebl)

 Below is the link to the September 14th hearing in Energy and Commerce’s Health Subcommittee on Title VII reauthorization. Janice Knebl, our esteemed colleague from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, is testifying and her testimony is found on the link. I have also included NAGE President Kathryn Hyer’s testimony which was submitted for the hearing record.

Examining Workforce Programs Under the Public Health Service Act

Kathryn Hyer’s Testimony

GWEP Appropriations Progress:

Attached is the latest funding chart prepared by the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC).  NAGE is an active member of the Coalition and has been participating in many Hill educational meetings with other HPNEC members.  Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee provided full funding for the GWEP at $38.7 million, which is $4 million higher than the House bill. 

Title Vll and Title Vlll Health Professions Programs: FY 2018 Funding ($ in thousands)

As you know, NAGE continues to work closely with the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, the  American Geriatrics Society, and The Gerontological Society of America to secure funding for and reauthorize the GWEP.

For more on appropriations and many other aging issues see the NAGE  September Public Policy Update.

Thank you, Brian

Brian W. Lindberg, NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                        September 8, 2017

 Washington Posts: The Latest:

Appropriations – The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its LHHS FY 2018 appropriations bill yesterday and provided the GWEP with level funding of $38.7 million – the same as last year.  This is a very positive accomplishment since the House had reduced funding by $4 million.  Now the House and Senate will need to work out the differences between their bills.  So keep up the advocacy! 

 Here is the report language and the report is attached.

Geriatric Programs
The Committee provides $38,737,000 for Geriatric Programs. The Committee recognizes the importance of geriatric training programs incorporating culturally sensitive training programs and encourages HRSA to work to ensure training programs are collaborative, interdisciplinary, and culturally competent.

Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services , and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill, 2018

 GWEP Reauthorization Progress:

 As you know, NAGE continues to work with the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, The Gerontological Society of America, and the American Geriatrics Society on a bill that would reauthorize the GWEP.  The bill may be introduced today by Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL).

Brian W. Lindberg, NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                        September 5, 2017

Washington Posts – The Latest:

Budget and Appropriations – Congress returned this week to a long list of must-do legislation, including funding to keep the government running past September 30th – the end of the FY 2017 fiscal year.  Here are the key points on this topic:

  • The House Appropriations Committee has already passed their FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill, which cuts many programs, including a $4 million cut to the GWEP – down from $38.737 million.  Here is the link to the bill summary:
    Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Funding Bill
  • House Republican leadership has said they will work to pass a continuing resolution appropriations bill in the near future that will extend funding for about three months.  This puts off some of the tough decisions until the end of the calendar year, including funding for the Trump wall.
  • The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on LHHS and the full Committee will mark up their LHHS FY 2018 appropriations bill this week (Wednesday and Thursday).  Advocates are anxiously waiting to see the funding levels, which should be higher because the allocation for this bill is higher in the Senate that in the House.  Here are the links:
    Subcommittee Markup of the FY2018 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Bill
    Committee Markup of the FY2018 State, Foreign Ops Appropriations Bill, and the   FY2018 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Bill
  • NAGE members and Brian Lindberg (Public Policy Advisor) have been meeting with members of the Senate and staff during the August/September congressional recess pushing them to increase funding for the GWEP.  Please keep contacting your Members of Congress requesting meetings, site visits, and asking for the NAGE request of $51 million for FY 2018…you can still make a difference.
  • Congress will also turn this week to plans for an Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill to fund the recovery efforts in Texas for Hurricane Harvey.

GWEP Reauthorization Progress:

As you know, NAGE continues to work with the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, The Gerontological Society of America, and the American Geriatrics Society on a bill that would reauthorize the GWEP.  Much positive progress has been made over the last several weeks.  We have been working with Chairman Burgess (R-TX) of the Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee and he has agreed to include the GWEP authorization language in the Title VII bill that he is introducing.  The funding level is likely to be our current funding level.  In addition, Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL) plans to introduce a free-standing bill that would reauthorize the GWEP for a five-year period at $51 million per year. The bill would increase the number of GWEP sites by eight and provided funding for GWEPs and other institutions to compete for GACAs.  Both of these bills will be introduced shortly.

 Senate ACA Repeal and Replace – Although repeal and replace efforts have died down, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee begins a series of hearings this week to determine how (in a bipartisan fashion) Congress could stabilize the health insurance marketplace for a year while Congress re-thinks how it should proceed with health care reform:
Full Committee Hearing Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: Health Care Stakeholders

Brian W. Lindberg, NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                                 July 20, 2017

Washington Posts –  The Latest:

Appropriations:

Better funding news in the U.S. Senate.  On July 20, 2017, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved 16-15 the allocations for the 12 spending bills under the committee’s jurisdiction.  The Labor, HHS, Education bill allocation is $164.06 billion, a $3.04 billion increase from fiscal 2017 enacted levels.  This is good news, particularly since the bill that passed yesterday in the House Appropriations Committee had an allocation for Labor, HHS, Education that was more than $5 billion less than for FY 2017.  NAGE will be keep working for a higher GWEP funding level in the Senate.

More on yesterday’s Roybal-Allard Amendment for Health Care Professionals Education from HPNEC.  The amendment was not approved. Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s amendment would have made the following changes to the Labor, HHS, Education bill:

  • Increase overall workforce funding by $90.5 million
  • Increase Centers of Excellence funding by $12 million (Total of $21.7 million, FY 17 level)
  • Reinstate the Health Careers Opportunity Program by granting it $14.2 million (FY 17 level)
  • Increase Geriatric Programs funding by $ 4 million (Total of $38.7 million, FY 17 level)
  • Increase Mental and Behavioral Health by $25 million (Total of $ 50 million, FY 17 level)
  • Reinstate the Public Health and Preventative Medicine programs by granting them $17 million (FY 17 level)
  • Increase the Nursing Workforce Development allocation by $18.3 million ((Total $229.5 million, FY 17 level for all Title VIII funding)
  • Requires HRSA to utilize $15.3 million to create a more diverse nursing workforce by increasing nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard has posted a video of her remarks regarding her Title VII/Title VIII amendment on twitter. 

Brian W. Lindberg
NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                                 July 18, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

The House LHHS Appropriations bill was released this morning with its report and details and will be put before the full committee for consideration tomorrow.  The “Geriatric Programs” (GWEP) were funded at $34.737 million for FY 2018.  This is a $4 million cut.  The president’s budget eliminated the program.  It appears on page 21 of the report.  The link is below.

I am in ongoing discussions with Hill staff and our partners to see how we will proceed.  We would need an amendment to put the funds back into the program to be offered during the bill’s consideration.  That would put members on record but we don’t know if the amendment would pass at this point.  The Senate has not begun to mark-up their bill and it is possible that they will provide a higher funding level.

 We will be back to you ASAP.

 Thanks, Brian

The bill and summary  are available on the Labor-HHS website –

Appropriation Committee Releases the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Heath and Human Services Education Funding Bill

Brian W. Lindberg
NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                                 July 14, 2017

Washington Posts – The Latest:

Budget and Appropriations – Late into the evening on July 13, the House Labor HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee marked-up its FY 2018 appropriations bill.  Below are links to a summary and the bill.  In many cases the subcommittee ignored the president’s budget proposals, but it did cut the LHHS funding by more than $5 billion from FY 2017 levels.  HRSA’s health workforce programs are reduced less than Trump proposed, but the full details were not made available. The health workforce section starting on page 42 (Titles, III, VII, and VIII) has been reduced to $748,236,000 (page 43).  In the final Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2017, that level was $838,695,000.  We do not know yet how much funding the bill provides for each of the HRSA programs.  The bill does increase NIH by $1.1 billion, whereas Trump proposed a $5 billion cut.  The full Appropriations Committee is likely to meet to mark-up the bill on July 19.  During that mark-up, the bill could be modified by committee amendments.  NAGE (Brian) met today with the Ranking Democrat on the subcommittee (Rep. Rosa DeLauro and her staff) to discuss the possibility of an amendment to restore funding if the GWEP has been cut.  More to come on this as it unfolds.

Senate ACA Repeal and Replace – The Republicans have released the latest version of their repeal and replace legislation.  After ten days back in their states, many Republican senators have still not decided whether to support the bill.  The Congressional Budget Office should release its report on the cost of the bill and how many individuals will lose coverage early next week. The Senate may vote on the bill July 20 or July 21. Read all about the revised bill at:  https://www.budget.senate.gov/bettercare

Here is a piece on the Cruz amendment: https://www.cbpp.org/research/health/cruz-amendment-would-worsen-already-harmful-senate-health-bill-for-people-with

GWEP Reauthorization:

 NAGE continues to work with the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, The Gerontological Society of America, and the American Geriatrics Society on a bill that would reauthorize the GWEP for a five-year period at $51 million per year.  The bill would increase the number of GWEP sites by eight and provided funding for GWEPs and other institutions to compete for GACAs.  NAGE and its partners are working to secure the original sponsors of the bill.  House legislative counsel is working on drafting the bill now.

Brian W. Lindberg

NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                                July 10, 2017

Dear NAGE Colleagues:

On June 15, 2017, NAGE members partnered with the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) and the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) GWEP Coordinating Center to educate Members of Congress and their staff members about the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.  As part of this effort, members of NAGE, and the GWEP Coordinating Center Board met with key Senate staff from 11 states.  Brian Lindberg, NAGE’s Public Policy Advisor and lobbyist, Amy York and her staff from EWA, Nancy Lundebjerg and her staff, and colleagues from the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Paraprofessional Health Institute led teams of advocates up to Capitol Hill for the meetings.

GWEP Directors led the discussions focusing on the value of our programs to health care professionals, older adults, family caregivers and their communities.  Having advocates from GWEPs from the Senators’ states present helped raise real-life ramifications of the proposal to eliminate the GWEP funding in the Trump budget. Educating staff with leaders from each state is extremely effective and the responses from Senators and staff were very positive.

We must continue this education and advocacy! 

Join us on July 12 at 4 pm for the next NAGE Advocacy Mentoring Network call and webinar to learn what is happening in DC and how to help us win the support or your Members of Congress.  Details below.

Agenda:

  • Update on Appropriations – Brian Lindberg
  • Top Ten Points to Remember in a Meeting with Members or Staff – Brian Lindberg
  • Personal Experiences from Congressional Meetings
  • Q&A

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/968223409 r

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Meeting ID: 968 223 409

Thank you. 

Brian W. Lindberg
NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606 


GWEP Presentations at IAGG

We would like to share with the network the GWEPs that will be presenting at the 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Conference in San Francisco, CA between July 22-July 27, 2017. The presentations are listed both by presenting GWEP and by date and time. We look forward to seeing many of you at this conference and hope that you find time to attend a GWEP presentation.

IAAG presentations by GWEP

IAGG presentations by Date/Time


NAGE/NAGEC 2017 Membership Letter


GWEP Funding for 2015 -2018

The recent announcement of the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) awards in conjunction with the White House Conference on Aging marked a significant change from past decades of federal funding provided to Geriatric Education Centers.  The purpose of the GWEPs is to maximize patient and family engagement, and to improve health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care.  The awards emphasize providing the primary care workforce with knowledge and skills to care for older adults, and collaborating with community partners to address gaps in healthcare through individual, system, community and population level changes.

We congratulate the GWEP awardees and encourage them to join or maintain their membership in the National Association for Geriatric Education (NAGE) and National Association of Geriatric Education Centers (NAGEC).  We hope that GECs who did not receive this award will continue to belong to our organizations either as a GEC or through individual memberships.  We look forward to strengthening NAGE and NAGEC as we create a collaborative organization composed of members working together to advance geriatric education.

Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Webpage


UPCOMING MEETINGS

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March 1-4, 2018: AGHE’s 44th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference in Atlanta,Georgia

The AGHE Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference is the premier international forum for discussing ideas and issues in gerontological and geriatric education. Educators, clinicians, administrators, researchers, and students share their experiences, expertise, and innovations regarding teaching and learning about aging and older persons. The 2018 conference theme is “The Global Business of Aging”.

Abstract submission date is closed

Follow this link for Conference Information


March 26 – 29, 2018: American Society on Aging (ASA) Aging in America Conference in San Francisco, California

ASA’s Aging in America Conference is the nation’s largest and most dynamic multidisciplinary event focused on improving the lives of older people. We invite you to join our conference community by submitting a proposal to present at the conference. We are still accepting late submissions and have flexibility in the sponsored Highlighted Session and posters session formats. The 2018 conference will have a strong focus on technological innovation across the aging sphere. Additionally, we welcome proposals that offer innovative policies, programs, practices, business models, and learning across the field of aging and related disciplines.

Abstract submission date is closed

Follow this link for Conference Information


May 3 – 5, 2018: American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida (Pre-conference day Wednesday, May 2)

The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting will provide the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery, meeting the needs of geriatrics professionals from all disciplines. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, health care administrators, and others can update their knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art educational sessions and research presentations.

Call for Abstracts will open in mid-September and close Dec. 1, 2017 at 11:59pm. Abstract submission information.

Follow this link for Conference Information


August 9 – 12, 2018: American Psychological Association (APA) in San Francisco, California

Proposals are now being accepted for The 126th Annual APA Convention.  If you are planning to submit a program or individual proposal, the deadlines are as follows:

Collaborative Program Proposals: October 13, 2017
Standard Division Proposals: December 1, 2017

All proposals must be submitted to the APA online at  Call for Convention Proposals. Sign in using your MyAPA login and password.


November 14 – 18, 2018: Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in  Boston, Massachusetts

The Annual GSA Scientific Meeting theme will be “The Purpose of Longer Lives”. The meeting offers nearly 4,000 international professionals in the field of aging the opportunity to learn the latest trends and development from industry leaders, build strategic partnerships to address aging challenges, and network with peers.

Call for Abstracts will open on December 15, 2017 and close March 15, 2018. More information will be available in November. Abstract submission information.

Follow this link for Conference Information
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NAGE – NAGEC JOB BOARD

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Illinois – University of Illinois at Chicago
Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Aging Among Ethnic Minorities
Posted: 10.17. 2015 – Close Date 12.01.2015
Application information

Oregon – Western Oregon University, Monmouth
Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Posted:  9.16.2015
Application information

California – University of California, Long Beach
Assistant/Associate Professor of Gerontology
Posted: 8.11.2015
Application information

 

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