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Mission Statement

The GREAT GEC is committed to providing interprofessional programs to maintain and improve the health of ethically and culturally diverse older adults from underserved areas across Florida and Puerto Rico, educating and training health professionals in health promotion and prevention, emphasizing undergraduate and graduate professional education, and serving the needs of underserved with innovative teaching and clinical experiences. The GREAT GEC encourages, enhances and continually promotes the profession of geriatrics to students at all levels of education, and provides ongoing education and information dissemination to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families and caregivers.

Goals

  • Provide health professions students with interprofessional, ethno-geriatric education and clinical training in health promotion, disease prevention, and enhanced quality of life for older adults through innovative curriculum adaptation and development, involvement in rural and urban clinical placements, geriatric residencies, traineeships, and fellowships.
  • Develop interprofessional student health care teams providing holistic, culturally sensitive, coordinated services for elders to maintain independence and/or improve quality of life.
  • Develop and disseminate innovative interprofessional geriatric curriculum and other geriatric education materials for health professions students, faculty, and practicing professionals using web-based technology and interdisciplinary problem-based learning (PBL) methods.
  • Establish a specialization in Interprofessional Geriatrics Education within the existing M.S. in Education for Health Professions, enabling up to 10 health professions and health professions-related faculty to obtain up to 18 credit hours yearly and additional faculty development for other faculty.
  • Acquire multidisciplinary awareness relevant to the care of older adults in all-hazard preparedness so individuals are able to participate in prevention, response, and recovery from such events and assist seniors in their preparation and recovery as well.
  • Provide training, service, technical assistance and research outreach to South Florida regions not currently being served by a GEC, including the east and west coasts and inland areas.
  • Acquire basic knowledge of historical trends, public policy, and the legislative process as they impact the health care delivery system for older adults from a local, state, and national perspective and integrate this into educational programs.
  • Identify the psychological issues that affect older adults and integrate this within the healthcare they are provided.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB4HP19211 and title Geriatric Education Centers. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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