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Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

Grants to USA & Territories Universities, Others to Integrate
Geriatric Care Within Their Health Professions Programs

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United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration

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Deadline Date:

03/05/15 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories universities and others with accredited health professions programs to incorporate geriatric health care with primary care. Technical webinars will be held December 16, 17, and 18. Of particular importance is providing primary care providers with the knowledge and skills to care for older adults and to collaborate with community partners to address gaps in health care for older adults through individual, system, community, and population level changes.

Focus areas for this announcement are:

1. Transforming clinical training environments to integrated geriatrics and primary care delivery systems to ensure trainees are well prepared to practice in and lead these kinds of systems.

2. Developing providers who can assess and address the needs of older adults and their families/caregivers at the individual, community, and population levels.

3. Creating and delivering community-based programs that will provide patients, families and caregivers with the knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes and the quality of care for the older adult(s).

4. Applicants may also choose to address providing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) education to families, caregivers, direct care workers and health professions students, faculty, and providers.

Applicants must propose programs that enhance integrated geriatrics and primary care systems for the training of healthcare providers who care for older adults. Characteristics of integrated geriatrics and primary care systems include, but are not limited to:
• Interprofessional, team-based, patient-centered health care for older adults.
• Integration of geriatrics into evolving primary care delivery systems to provide coordinated and comprehensive healthcare.
• Outreach and education for patients, families, and caregivers to improve the health of older adults.

Applicants must develop collaborations to ensure integrated delivery systems. A collaboration is defined as an association of at least two organizations, hospitals, or institutions that have come together to operate a GWEP. The organizations in the collaboration share resources, decision-making, and accountability for designing and implementing the project. One of the collaborating organizations is designated as the applicant organization.

Interprofessional collaboration is an essential component of all project activities, and medicine must be one of the professions included in all interprofessional activities. The paucity of healthcare workers from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented ethnic and racial groups, remains a problem in American healthcare, thus, applicants are strongly encouraged to describe activities that will address this area.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149862

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 40 cooperative agreements.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum award of $750,000 per year including indirect costs. Additional funds of $100,000 per year for education and training on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) may also be requested.

Term of Contract:

July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018 (3 years).


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are accredited health professions schools and programs.

The following entities are eligible applicants:
• Schools of Allopathic Medicine
• Schools of Veterinary Medicine
• Schools of Dentistry
• Schools of Public Health
• Schools of Osteopathic Medicine
• Schools of Chiropractic
• Schools of Pharmacy
• Physician Assistant Programs
• Schools of Optometry
• Schools of Allied Health
• Schools of Podiatric Medicine
• Schools of Nursing

The following accredited graduate programs are also eligible applicants:
• Health Administration
• Behavioral Health and Mental Health Practice including:
• Clinical Psychology
• Clinical Social Work
• Professional Counseling
• Marriage and Family Therapy

Additional eligible applicants are:
• A health care facility
• A program leading to certification as a certified nurse assistant
• A partnership of a school of nursing such and facility
• Or a partnership of such a program and facility

Faith-based and community-based organizations, Tribes, and tribal organizations may apply if otherwise eligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance Webinars:

- Tuesday, December 16, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET
- Thursday, December 17, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET
- Wednesday December 18, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET

Call-in Number (Toll Free): 1-800-369-1792
Participant Code: 1463638
Adobe Connect Link:
For replay information (The recording will be available until February 17, 2015)
Call-in number (Toll Free): 1-866-407-9261
Passcode: 2715

In addition, Regional TA sessions are tentatively scheduled for the week of January 5, 2015.
For specific information regarding these sessions refer to:

Further information about Technical Assistance may be found at:

The link will not be active until late December 2014, and information about registering for regional TA sessions will be available at that time.

Pre-Application Information:

While multiple applications from an institution are allowable, only one per institution will be funded.

Preference will be given to applicants with projects that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in State or local health departments. Applicants receiving the preference will be placed in a more competitive position among applications that can be funded. Applications that do not receive a funding preference will be given full and equitable consideration during the review process.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For additional information regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues:

Bruce Holmes, Grant Management Specialist
Telephone: (301) 443-0752
Fax: (301) 443-6363

Shelia Burks, Grant Management Specialist
Telephone: (301) 443-6452
Fax: (301) 443-5461

For additional information related to the overall program issues and/or technical assistance:
Nina Tumosa, Ph.D., Project Officer
Telephone: (301) 443-5626
Fax: (301) 443-1879

Tamara Zurakowski
Project Officer, Medical Training and Geriatrics Branch
Telephone: (301) 443-7762
Fax: (301) 443-1879

For assistance when working online to submit application forms electronically: Contact Center
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726
International Callers: 606-545-5035

Applicants should always obtain a case number when calling for support. Contact 24 hours a day, seven days a week, excluding federal holidays.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.