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DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium
The Washington, DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium (WAGECC)
The Washington, DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium (WAGECC) is a five-year, $2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve the health, quality of life, and potential of older persons, particularly those in underserved areas, by providing interprofessional education and support to health care professionals, faculty, and students towards the goal of strengthening the geriatric workforce.
The curriculum incorporates facilitated learning through the humanities and arts to enhance the competencies of the geriatric workforce and their ability to provide person-centered care. Utilizing the arts and humanities to engage health care practitioners from medicine, nursing, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, health administration, nutrition, psychology, expressive arts therapy, clergy/chaplains, and others in the stories of older adults and the experiences of the practitioners who care for them will provide a more holistic approach in geriatric care.
The Consortium is lead by The George Washington University, and also includes:
- Georgetown University
- Howard University
- National Center for Creative Aging
- Providence Hospital
- Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- Washington Hospital Center
In addition, the DC Office on Aging, Vida Senior Center, American Geriatrics Society DC Chapter, Long Term Care Coalition, the Greater Washington Partnership to Improve Palliative Care, and many other organizations partner with WAGECC to ensure access of all regional health care professionals to high-quality education in the care of older adults.