MAILED: Jan. 10, 2001
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has received a $50,000 subcontracted-grant from the Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center at the University of Minnesota to establish a regional geriatric education center on campus. Called the Western Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center, the program will work to improve geriatric training programs in the region and develop and strengthen networks for geriatric education. The WWGEC initially will function as part of the Center for Health and Aging Service Excellence located in the Human Sciences and Services building at UW-Eau Claire.
The grant, which will be available in increments of $10,000 over five years, will help fund program development, such as the exploration of a teaching nursing home concept in Wisconsin, and administrative support for the advancement of initiatives that focus on aging services educational needs.
This distinctive new program will build on UW-Eau Claires history of faculty interest in gerontology as well as focus on meeting the continuing education needs of professionals in western Wisconsin who care for our aging population, said Dr. Doug Olson, assistant professor of health care administration in Allied Health Professions at UW-Eau Claire. We are looking forward to being able to bring relevant programs on aging issues to practicing clinicians in underserved areas, like northwestern Wisconsin.
WWGEC is one of seven regional geriatric education centers coordinated by MAGEC and the first in Wisconsin.
We are very pleased to expand our network of regional geriatric centers to include western Wisconsin, said Dr. Robert Kane, a physician and MAGEC project director. These regional geriatric education centers are our lifeline to the community they are closely tied to local issues and assure that the work of MAGEC responds to what people on the firing line need.
Each regional geriatric education center conducts both independent projects that reflect the needs of its community and one annual collaborative project that uses the combined resources of the regional geriatric education center network and MAGEC to address a mutually important issue, Kane said.
Olson said WWGEC, which includes faculty members representing many disciplines across campus and aging service representatives in the community, is in the exploration phase, but already is committed to planning a symposium and creating a Web page.
We envision kicking off the new program with an aging education symposium this fall. Other than the educational component, the symposium will allow us to gather feedback about program needs and develop partnerships to make WWGEC a success.
For more information, contact Olson at (715) 836-5067.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Jan. 10, 2001