School of Nursing involved in geriatric health care training program
The School of Nursing is involved in an innovative interdisciplinary project that recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HRSA awarded $2.5 million to VCU’s School of Allied Health Professions’ Virginia Center on Aging to fund initiatives that introduce geriatric health care into primary care settings. VCoA directs the Virginia Geriatric Education Center, a consortium of VCU, the University of Virginia, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. The funds will be used to improve the health and well-being of elders statewide, with a focus on regions that are medically underserved or face a shortage of health professionals.
The grant supports interprofessional geriatrics training for aspiring and practicing professionals with a focus on dementia care and falls prevention. The project staff includes faculty and staff from VCU’s Schools of Allied Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work, as well as faculty and staff from these and other disciplines at UVA and EVMS.
In addition to funding a statewide faculty development program for health care professionals with academic appointments, the grant will also support a new 40-hour rotation at the Richmond Health and Wellness Program in Richmond, which is a School of Nursing-led community-based care coordination program focused on improving the health of economically disadvantaged older adults.