Geriatric Workforce Enhancement

NYU Receives $2.55M HRSA Award to Create a Clinical/Community Partnership to Expand Primary Care for Older Adults

Services Will be Provided at Montefiore Health System and GWEP R.A.I.N. Click to learn more about our partnership.

Are you looking to give back to your community?

Do you want to enhance the well-being and longevity of an Older Adult?

The Bronx Health Corps (BHC) needs you! The BHC is an exciting community-based initiative that trains individuals, just like you, with up-to-date, evidence-based education. With just 6-10hours of training by a medical professional, you will have the tools needed to become a trained volunteer educator creating an impact in the lives of vulnerable Older Adults!

Interested in, asthma, heart disease, healthy living, and/or Alzheimer’s Disease? Do you want to become a specialist in these topics and pass your knowledge along to others? The BHC will aid you in doing so! Training is provided by a nurse or nurse practitioner.  Our community and Older Adults need you!

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Bronx Health Corps volunteer, please click the link here and submit the application to:

For more information on the program please contact: 347-202-8805


New York University College of Nursing’s Tara Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of geriatric nursing and executive director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, has been awarded a 3-year $2.55 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant through the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), entitled, “Community/Clinical Primary Care of Older Adults Program (CC-PCOA).”  GWEP supports the development of a health care workforce that improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care and community resources to maximize patient and family engagement better manage chronic disease and promote optimum function in older adults.

R.A.I.N., the community based partner in the grant, is a large not-for profit, multi-service organization that operates multiple senior centers and provides a menu of senior support services in the Bronx and upper Manhattan. R.A.I.N. will provide its expertise through programs that promote overall wellness and provide nutritional, transportation, and care management services to seniors.  R.A.I.N. employees and a corps of volunteer community health workers will be trained in geriatric care so that patients and their caregivers can be better supported in the community.  This will include a program on caring for patients with dementia targeted at home health aides.

The specific objectives are to:

  1. Provide educational resources to increase age-sensitive knowledge and skills of primary care professionals and promote team-based patient- and family-centered, evidence-based care that is responsive to the needs of older adults;
  2. Educate primary care clinical providers and community based networks to be coordinating partners focused on promoting health and self-management of disease at the individual, community and population levels;
  3. Utilize community resources to educate and support older adults, families and caregivers, to promote healthy aging and manage chronic diseases; and
  4. Provide a comprehensive Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) program to address the needs of providers, patients, families and caregivers through community support networks and educational materials and resources.

Ask us how you can become a key partner and help out our community.

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