An increasing number of older adults in the rural areas of western New York are facing challenges that impact their ability to access the health care they need and age in place in their communities. These challenges not only include a lack of financial resources and transportation, but also a shortage in the number of health care workers in rural western New York.
With a limited number of specialist physicians, and few, if any geriatricians practicing in the region, primary care providers often do it all. But to help them provide better support to their geriatric patients, they need additional training.
The Health Foundation’s Geriatric Education for Rural Health Professionals program features a menu of four nationally-acclaimed community-based geriatric care training programs that rural health care providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, can choose to attend, at no cost to them.
There are four programs available that provide participants with a range of training options to meet their different needs. All provide CME or other course credit.
The four options include:
Intensive Board Review Course in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Geriatric Scholar Certificate Program
Course and Certificate in Guided Care Nursing
Geriatric Education for Rural Providers in Western New York
Who is eligible to apply?
Primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and physician assistants practicing in rural western New York.
How do I apply?
Eligible applicants are required to submit a brief scholarship application to enroll in any one of the programs listed above that best meets their individual training needs, interests, ability to travel and take time away from work.
Approved scholarships will cover course tuition for any of the above programs. Reasonable travel expenses will also be reimbursed to scholarship awardees that complete course requirements.
The completed application must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 30 days prior to the start of the applicant’s desired course.
Applicants will be notified of scholarship awards by phone and email within two weeks of application receipt.
To find out more about the Geriatric Education for Rural Health Professionals program and to apply, click here.