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Geriatric Workforce Initiative
Preparing health professionals to meet the unique needs of western and central New York’s growing geriatric population

In parts of western and central New York, 20 percent of residents are 65 or older, and the aging population is expected to continue to grow. But as a 2005 Foundation report revealed, the region’s health providers aren’t prepared to meet the needs of the aging population due to the low number of physicians seeking geriatric specialty certification and the lack of preparedness by generalists, who are often the ones caring for frail elders.

To ensure western and central New York’s aging residents receive the specialized care they need, the Health Foundation began with a few workforce projects, combining them in 2009 in its Geriatric Workforce initiative.

Through a series of projects, the initiative aims to increase the recruitment, retention and competence of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, home health aides and other health care related professionals who serve vulnerable older adults and their families.

Current Projects

Genesee Community College Geriatric Clinical Rotation for Nursing Students: Creating a more elder-friendly health care workforce by giving nursing students hands-on experience 

Geriatric Education for Rural Health Professionals

Investing in an Elder-Competent Workforce: Strengthening Nursing and Social Work Education

Past Projects

For more information on other projects that have been part of the Geriatric Workforce initiative, please click on the links below:

Beyond a Warm Body: Enhancing geriatric care in Central New York by improving recruitment and retention of frontline health care workers

Geriatric Clinical Practice Series: Educating future nurse practitioners and physician assistants to improve the quality of geriatric medical care

HHA Peer Mentors and Geriatric Care Giver Level II: Improving eldercare in Central New York by strengthening the home- and community-based care workforce

Physician Geriatric Education: Harvard Medical School Annual Review of Geriatric Medicine

The Tompkins County Long Term Care Workforce Initiative: Identifying resources to improve quality of care through community collaboration

University at Buffalo Social Work Partnership Program
The Physician Role in the Care of the Frail Elderly: Part I, Readiness of Physician Workforce  (76.55 KB, application/pdf)
The Physician Role in the Care of the Frail Elderly: Part II, Concepts & Projects  (47.5 KB, application/pdf)
The Physician Role in the Care of the Frail Elderly: Part III, References & Sources  (53.70 KB, application/pdf)
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