June 12, 2019
Press Release
Grant will fund education and training for Alzheimer’s disease, dementias, and health risks facing older adults

(Rochester, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced that $3.75 million in Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding has been awarded to the University of Rochester Medical Center for their Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). The GWEP seeks to improve health outcomes for older adults by developing a healthcare workforce that maximizes patient and family engagement and by integrating principles of geriatrics into health care.

“I’m so pleased that this significant grant will help support individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, improve health outcomes, and ensure a high quality of life for our loved ones as they age,” said Rep. Morelle. “This award recognizes the U of R’s world-class medical and educational expertise and further cements their position as a leader in the geriatrics field. I am grateful to HRSA for their investment and to the University of Rochester for their continued dedication and commitment to strengthening our community.”

“This federal funding from HRSA gives the University of Rochester the opportunity to be a leader in workforce development and transformation of the health care in our region to be more age-friendly,” said Dr. Thomas Caprio, Project Director for the University of Rochester Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. “This means that no matter where you receive health care there will be clinicians experienced in the principles of geriatrics and aware of the unique needs of older adults.  These clinicians can assist in navigating the complex health care system to achieve the best outcomes for patients and greatest satisfaction with care.”

Specifically, this grant will support the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center, which provides healthcare workforce development in the 17-county Finger Lakes area -- one of the largest geriatric educational initiatives to date for our region.

It will help fund specific education and training for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, targeted for patients, families, and caregivers. The URMC intends to lead a transformation toward an Age-Friendly Health System and work towards making Rochester and the Finger Lakes region a dementia-friendly community.

The University of Rochester Medical Center (UMRC) received funding under HRSA from 2015-2019 which concentrated its efforts in a 17-county area of the Finger Lakes region of New York State. URMC now aims to expand this to include 8 additional counties, including primarily rural communities surrounding Rochester and Syracuse.

Congressman Morelle announced the grant on the House floor earlier today.

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