July, 2015: All good things end, and federal funding for Geriatric Education Centers, nationwide, ceased on July 1, 2015. The Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center was one of 45 GECs whose time has ended.
Beginning with Dr. Jim Mold (1989-1992), continuing under Dr. Marie Bernard (1993-2006), and then under Dr. Tom Teasdale (2007-2015), the OkGEC provided workforce development opportunities for tens-of-thousands of health care providers. Literally. Care of older adults improved in Oklahoma and elsewhere as a result of OkGEC activities. We deeply thank you for your high levels of participation and contributions over the years.
The formal "Geriatric Education Center" funding mechanism that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) utilized to support ~45 GECs nationwide for 25 years was not renewed in 2015. An alternate 3-year funding mechanism (Geriatric Workforce Development Program-GWEP) was instituted by HRSA. OUHSC applied, but our score was one point below the funding level. In life, not all grant proposals are funded, and this new mechanism required activities that other applicants can apparently do better than what we had proposed. We wish them well and look forward to competing again in 2018.
In the meantime, look to our sister outreach organization (OHAI) to provide high quality educational activities and community engagement around improving the well being of older adults in Oklahoma. The OHAI is supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
July 25, 2015
I am saddened to report news of the passing of Richard Taylor, PhD.
Dr. Taylor was a frequent visitor to Oklahoma, USA. Through his remarkable discussions about living with dementia, he conveyed insight and motivation, plus brought laughter and tears to many individuals. We deeply appreciate his humor and his committment to improving the lives of people living with dementia.
26th SUMMER GERIATRIC INSTITUTE IS...OVER!
Our big Thank You! to all who attended and supported the continuing education event. See you next year!
November 2014: Congratulations to Marie Bernard, MD for receiving the Donald P. Kent award from the Gerontological Society of America.
Dr. Bernard is the founding chairman of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In October 2008, she relocated to Washington DC and became the deputy director of the National Institute on Aging where her service to older adults has expanded.
Link to GSA web page announcement.
Link to YouTube video shown at the 2014 GSA meeting.
NEW Materials Under "Geropsych Ed" Menu!
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