Northern New England combines one of the oldest populations in the nation, a rural population with many medically underserved areas, and a small healthcare workforce. Conventional approaches to education and training have limited content focusing on the healthcare needs of older adults.
Our goal is to advance northern New England's capacity by developing a rural geriatric workforce.
- Develop partnerships between academia, primary care delivery sites/systems, and community-based organizations to educate and train a workforce to provide value-based care that improves health outcomes for older adults.
- Train geriatrics specialists, primary care providers, and health professions students, residents, fellows, and faculty to assess and address the primary care needs of older adults.
- Transform clinical training environments into integrated geriatrics and primary care systems to become Age-Friendly Health Systems that incorporate the principles of value-based care and alternative-payment.
- Deliver community-based programs that provide patients, families, caregivers, and direct-care workers with the knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes for older adults.
- Provide training to patients, families, caregivers, direct care workers, healthcare providers, and health professions students, residents, fellows, and faculty on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD).