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Duke Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)

Communities Caring for Seniors

The Duke GWEP aims to strengthen capacity to provide patient-centered coordinated healthcare for seniors locally, regionally, and nationally. The GWEP brings together geriatrics training programs, primary care practices, community agencies and healthcare organizations to implement a new model of workforce development that strives to improve outcomes for older adults. GWEP programs include the following:

  • Geriatric Resource Team (GRT) Engagement Program. The GWEP provides training for interprofessional clinical teams in primary care practices that focuses on best practices for care of older adults and their caregivers.
  • Interagency Care Team (ICT) Consultations. This team, composed of GWEP members with expertise in Geriatrics and representatives of community-based agencies, provides virtual consultations for community dwelling seniors with complex care needs referred from primary care practices.
  • Gero Practice Compendium (GPC) and Resource Directory. The GPC is a web-based resource that hosts a collection of both clinical and community.
  • Advanced Traineeships. The GWEP offers fellowship training in Geriatric Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Advance Practice Nursing.  The three professions train together and collaborate on GWEP related projects.
  • GWEP Webinars. GRTs, advanced trainees and community partner tune into monthly webinars aimed at improving knowledge and skills in geriatric care at the practice and community level.
  • Dementia Education and Senior Learning Communities. The GWEP supports a range of longitudinal activities aimed at providing community dwelling seniors with information and resources on living with dementia and related disorders.

GWEP Fellows Focus on Community-Based Geriatric Care

The Duke GWEP is funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Duke program is one of 44 such program nationwide and 3 in North Carolina.

Duke GWEP Co-Directors:

Mitchell T. Heflin, MD, MHS


Eleanor McConnell, PhD, MSN, RN, GCNS, BC