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Primary Care Training Programs Receive $17 Million

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 4, 2010

Sixty-eight GACA grants will share $5 million to support career development for academic geriatric specialists to help address the fast-growing 65-plus population, which is expected to almost double by 2030.  In recognition of the importance of comprehensive care, the Affordable Care Act modified this program to expand eligible entities to include schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, dentistry, pharmacy or other allied health disciplines in an accredited health professions school that is approved by the HHS Secretary.

GACA grants focus on chronic disease management, geriatric ethics, palliative care, and health promotion. Award recipients also work with underserved and uninsured patients across many community settings including acute, ambulatory, and long-term care.

Ten NAHHA grants totaling $2.4 million will go to colleges or programs that provide community-based training to nursing assistants and home health aides who treat the elderly, chronically ill, and disabled. As nursing homes and home health agencies continue to have problems with recruitment and retention of qualified workers, there is growing concern over the current and projected shortages of these frontline direct care workers. Grantees project that these awards will enable them to train more than 4,000 nursing assistant and home health aide students over the 3-year project period.

Click here for a detailed list of awards.

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