E-Newsletter June 01, 2017

Support the Geriatrics Workforce and Caregiver Enhancement Act

The bill supports two critical objectives. First, it would formally establish funding for the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). Second, it would reestablish the Geriatric Academic Career Awards (GACAs), a previously funded program for developing clinician-educators. By supporting the GWEP and the GACAs, the Geriatric Workforce and Caregiver Enhancement Act would:

  • Foster education and engagement with family caregivers by training providers who can assess and address their care needs and preferences.
  • Promote interdisciplinary team-based care by transforming clinical training environments to integrate geriatrics and primary care delivery systems.
  • Improve the quality of care delivered to older adults by providing education to families and caregivers on critical care challenges like Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • Reach underserved and rural communities by ensuring clinician-educators are prepared to train the geriatrics workforce of today and tomorrow.

To make this happen, we need your help! Email congress today!