The National Association for Geriatric Education (NAGE) represents member organizations that train hundreds of of health care professionals from all disciplines to better serve the growing number and diversity of older Americans through
- A national network of Geriatric Workforce Education Programs (GWEPs)
- Geriatric Academic Career Awards (GACAs) for junior faculty
NAGE is seeking:
- Continued Bureau of Health Workforce funding to assure the integrity and viability of all their geriatric programs
This budget request supports a national commitment to address the profound shortage of competently trained health professionals in all disciplines to care for the daunting needs of today’s older adults and tomorrow’s rapidly graying America. It also recognizes the critical role that GWEPs and geriatric health care professionals must play in Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)-HRSA’s efforts to train first responders to frail elderly in natural disasters and potential bioterrorism attacks.
Section 753 (a) of the Health Professions Education Partnership Act of 1998 under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act funds geriatric programs and
- Supports 48 GWEPs nationwide.
- Serves local communities and, together, the entire country, with a focus on minority and underserved populations.
- Strengthens multidisciplinary training of health professionals in assessment, chronic disease syndromes, care planning, emergency preparedness, and cultural competence unique to older Americans.
- Has trained more than 425,000 health care professionals from 27 health-related disciplines to better serve the burgeoning older adult population.
- Has developed over 1,000 curricular materials on aging-related topics, including interdisciplinary team care, geriatric syndromes, ethnogeriatrics, quality of care, rural health access issues, bioterrorism and emergency preparedness.
- Is Cost Effective: Low-cost professional geriatric training interventions create competent health care providers who can save taxpayers billions of dollars by making informed health care decisions.
- Meets the critical need to prepare the United States health care workforce to care for aging baby boomers.