Grant to provide geriatric training to rural health care professionals

The Health Foundation of Western & Central New York has awarded a $135,000 grant to the Healthy Community Alliance in Gowanda to administer the Foundation’s Geriatric Education Scholarship Program for physicians and allied health professionals.

With a limited number of specialist physicians, and few, if any geriatricians practicing in the region, primary care providers often do it all. But to help them provide better support to their geriatric patients, they need additional training. The Health Foundation’s program focuses on rural health professionals and features a menu of four nationally acclaimed community-based geriatric care training programs that physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners can choose to attend, at no cost to them.

The HCA will assist this effort by distributing information about the programs being offered and disbursing the grant funds for scholarship payments and travel reimbursement for scholarship recipients. To learn more about the geriatric care training programs and scholarship opportunities, visit www.hfwcny.org. The Health Foundation of Western & Central New York is an independent private foundation whose mission is to improve the health and health care of the people of Western and Central New York.