Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Keystone GWEP

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Welcome to the Keystone Center for Geriatric Care and Education!

The Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania in partnership the Schools of  Medicine, Nursing and Social Policy and Practice, the University of the Sciences, the Health Promotion Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Lancaster General Health, and the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia (formerly the Philadelphia VA Medical Center) have developed the “Keystone Center for Geriatric Care and Education” to serve the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The overall goal of the Keystone Center is to enhance the capacity of the primary care workforce to care for seniors. The Center’s objectives are:

  • to integrate geriatrics in primary care settings (office practices, nursing home, and home care);
  • educate and train health professionals in discipline-specific and interprofessional care of seniors;
  • partner with community organizations in health education and dissemination targeting patients, families, and caregivers; and
  • create and enhance models of care delivery, training, and public education about cognitive health and dementia.

In 2016, the University of Pennsylvania received a three year Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). The GWEP Program is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).   Our Center is one of 44 GWEP sites in 29 states. Each GWEP site is working on programs that integrate geriatrics into primary care and increase access to community-based programs for older adults and their families and caregivers.

Our key personnel represent the disciplines of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, psychiatry, public health, and social work.

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