Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

Principal Investigator/Project Director

Naushira Pandya

Colleges / Centers

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine


U.S. DHHS - Health Resources and Services Administration

Start Date



Abstract: The Nova Southeastern University Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (NSU GWEP) will address the acute need to develop, practice and sustain age-friendly heath systems that are designed to meet the unique and significant needs of South Florida’s older adult population. The need for improved competency in the health care and caregiving work force is shaped by a number of factors, including dramatic demographic shifts; a shortage in trained geriatricians and other primary health care providers with adequate training in geriatrics; health challenges and persisting unmet needs reflected by poor health status indicators for older Floridians; and the growing burden of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). The following health outcomes measures will be evaluated: dementia education and support; evaluation of opioid misuse; advanced care plan; medication measure, diabetes measure, and high-blood pressure measure. NSU GWEP will improve health outcomes through achieving the following objectives: 1) Develop 15 partnerships to educate and train a workforce; 2) Train geriatrics specialists, primary care providers, and health professions students, residents, fellows and faculty to assess and address the primary care needs of older adults (train 660 primary care and specialist providers, 8785 students, 1965 residents and fellow, and 520 faculty); 3) Transform clinical training environments to become age-friendly health systems positioned for value-based care (660 primary and specialist health care providers will be trained on principals of age-friendly health systems, 40 hours of technical assistance will be provided to primary care practice sites); 4) Deliver community-based programs to improve health outcomes for older adults (5,250 patients, families, caregivers and direct care workers will be educated); and 5) Provide training to patients, families, caregivers and the health workforce on ADRD and on dementia-friendly communities and primary care delivery sites (5,250 patients, families, caregivers and direct care workers will be educated). Ensuring that all providers have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide whole-person geriatric care for older patients fostering integration of age-friendly principles and practices into clinical sites, and promoting the transformation of primary care practices to position them for value-based care and alternative payment models will lead to improved health outcomes for South Florida’s older adults

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