OVAR GEC Interprofessional Healthcare Workforce Training

  • Johnson, Helen (PI)
  • Kudrimoti, Archana (CoI)
  • Pfeifle, Andrea (CoI)
  • Reed, Deborah (CoI)
  • Teaster, Pamela (CoI)

Grants and Contracts Details


Background: The Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional Geriatric Education Center (OVAR/GEC) was established in1985 to serve a mostly rural Appalachian area of over 50,000 square miles with 96% of the counties being in health professions shortage areas with medically underserved populations. The region has in common this large underserved area with an increasing population of elders at risk for poor health outcomes. Each university brings special strengths to the consortium and by joining together they minimize costs while maximizing access, educational resources and training for faculty, students and health care providers across the region. Linkages are in place with over 500 established community services and agencies to assist in the success of the project. Project Description: The proposed project is based on national and regional data and trends, and on documented workforce training needs of the OVAR/GEC region. The project objectives are to create a data base and distance learning module on falls and injury prevention; to conduct and evaluate an evidence-based falls and injury prevention clinical initiative at a nursing home which will document primary, secondary and tertiary patient data; to provide clinical training for students/residents through use of hospital-based standardized patients and clinical rotations in a geriatrics clinic and nursing home; to provide faculty/students/residents with basic geriatrics training through infusion of content into inter-professional grand rounds and courses; to conduct 25 regional CE/CME geriatrics workshops; to conduct five Train the Trainer workshops on “Teaching Certified Nursing Assistants to Care for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease” that will enable professionals to teach nurse aides to provide better care; to conduct five webinars with accompanying podcasts for agricultural health care workers who serve older farmers; and to collaborate with inter-professional GEC colleagues from CA, MO, NY, TX, and IL to provide ten workshops and five webinars on emergency preparedness and response for a national audience. In addition, a special 160-hour faculty development initiative is proposed to train and retrain faculty in Developing Clinical Competency in Dementia Management. This project proposes to provide a total of 8,436 inter-professional trainees with 50,767 CE/CME in order to improve the care of older persons with Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions, decrease the number of falls and injuries in nursing homes, disseminate research findings to agricultural health workers who serve older farmers, increase geriatrics skills and competencies of health care faculty, students and professionals, and enhance the recruitment and retention of rural health providers.
Effective start/end date7/1/106/30/13


  • Health Resources and Services Administration: $410,582.00


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