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Interprofessional geriatrics education for health professionals

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WV Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Assembly

The West Virginia Geriatrics Society 11th Annual Scientific Assembly will be held at the University of Charleston on Wednesday, September 17, 2015 in partnership with West Virginia Geriatric Education Center and the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy.  

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Alzheimer's & Dementia University for Families & Professionals

Families and professionals are invited to participate in one of nine statewide Alzheimer's & Dementia University events brought to you by the Alzheimer's Association and co-sponsored by the WV Geriatric Education Center and WV Area Health Education Centers. View the flyer for more details. 

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Health Literacy Training for Health Professionals

The overwhelming majority of adults have difficulty understanding and using everyday health information. Attend WVGEC's Health Literacy Training for Health Professionals April 9-10, 2015 in Charleston, WV to learn how to communicate more effectively with patients, families, and caregivers to increase understanding.

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Geriatric Education Centers, funded under the Public Health Services Act by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provide training of health professional faculty, students and practitioners in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, disability and other health problems of the elderly. Projects must offer interdisciplinary training involving four or more health professions.

Federal Statutory purposes include the following:
  • improve the training of health professionals in geriatrics
  • develop and disseminate curricula relating to the treatment of the health problems of elderly individuals
  • support the training and retraining of faculty to provide instruction in geriatrics
  • support continuing education of health professionals who provide geriatric care
  • provide students with clinical training in geriatrics in nursing homes, chronic and acute disease hospitals, ambulatory care centers and senior centers

West Virginia’s Geriatric Education Center (WVGEC) is a consortium of partners that include WVU Health Sciences Center – Charleston, Morgantown and Eastern Divisions (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health); Marshall University School of Medicine, WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, WV Rural Health Partnerships which include: the Northern WV AHEC; Eastern WV AHEC; and the Southeastern WV AHEC (Area Health Education Center).
West Virginia Area Health Education Centers

The WVGEC is guided by the following Interprofessional Faculty Partners who are experts in the field of geriatrics:
WVGEC Faculty and Staff listings

  • Todd H. Goldberg, MD, CMD, FACP; WVU-Charleston Div, Dept. of Internal Medicine,
  • Raghavendra Mulinti, MD; WVU-Charleston Div., Dept. of Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
  • David P. Elliott, PharmD, CGP, FASCP, FCCP, AGSF; WVU-Charleston Division, Dept. of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Kristina M. Childers, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC; WVU-Charleston Division, School of Nursing
  • Shirley M. Neitch, MD, FACP; Marshall University School of Medicine
  • Vincent DeLaGarza, MD; WVU-Morgantown, Dept. of Family Medicine and Section of Geriatrics
  • Kristina Hash, PhD; WVU – Morgantown, Director, Gerontology Certificate Program, School of Social Work
  • R. Constance Wiener, MA, DMD, WVU – Morgantown, School of Dentistry
  • Sara Jane Gainor, MBA; Assistant Director, Cancer Prevention and Control, MBRCC
  • Charlotte Nath, RN, EdD, CDE; Professor Family Medicine, WVU-Morgantown
  • Alysha Nichols, LCSW, MSW, AADC, MPA; WVU-Charleston Division, School of Social Work
  • Alvin Moss, MD, FACP, FAAHPM; Section Chief, Supportive Care Services, WVU-Morgantown, Dept. of Medicine           

Opportunities and Outcomes

WVGEC is providing a wide range of geriatric training opportunities that include Geriatrics Lunchtime Learning, Advanced GEriatrics Skills training, Health Literacy for Health Professionals training, and trainings that focus on rural and underserved areas of our state. These activities enhance the capacity of faculty to build interest and support in the geriatrics and gerontology. A key feature is planning the training activities to include secondary and tertiary outcomes that measure patient outcomes.