Geriatric education offered to rural health professionals

The Healthy Community Alliance is partnering with The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to inform the community about no-cost Geriatric Education programs for Rural Health Professionals. Coming up this month is the Geriatric Scholar Certificate Program. This program is held twice each year on May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4, at SUNY Upstate Medical University Clinical Campus in Binghamton. Additional sessions will be held on Thursdays from September to October 2014 at Masonic Care Community in Utica. The program offers 29.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits for physicians and 30 contact hours for nurses and social workers.

Also being offered is a Course and Certificate for Guided Care Nursing. Participants may enroll and begin the online courses at any time throughout the two year offering, taking as long as they need to complete the series. Start and expiration dates are Jan. 24, 2014- January 24, 2016. Participants who complete the series will receive 40 nursing credits from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

To find out more about the Geriatric Education for Rural Health Professionals program and to apply go to

The Healthy Community Alliance is located in Gowanda, and serves to improve quality of life in rural communities through broad-based, inclusive partnerships that support wellness and prevention.