University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Research
Research

Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program

Program Director: Laura Mosqueda, MD (Family Medicine)
Occupational Therapy Faculty: Ashley Halle OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Faculty: Samantha Valasek OTD, OTR/L

Project Period: 7/1/15 – 6/30/19
Funding Source: U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (5U1QHP28740-02-00)
Anticipated Award: $123,376

The growing older adult population coupled with a shortage of an adequately trained health care workforce requires innovative models of care delivery and training to create a geriatric competent primary care workforce. The USC Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) is a three year, $2.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). USC GWEP is developing comprehensive interprofessional geriatric primary care-based assessment and training programs with an emphasis on interprofessional training and team-based care. Our focus is on improving recognition and care for patients who have cognitive impairment or have a dementia diagnosis, and who, in addition, have significant medical co-morbidities.