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Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.969
Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Feb 6, 2019

For programmatic or technical questions:
Nina Tumosa

For business, administrative, or fiscal questions:
Shelia Burks


The Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program provides funding to establish and operate geriatric education centers that will work to equip the primary care workforce and develop a healthcare workforce that maximizes patient and family engagement and improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics and primary care. Special emphasis is on providing the primary care workforce with the knowledge and skills to care for older adults and partnering with community-based organizations to address gaps in healthcare for older adults, promote age-friendly health systems and dementia-friendly communities, and address the social determinants of health.

Funding may be used to support the education and training of health professions students, residents, fellows, and faculty; healthcare providers; and direct care workers who will provide healthcare to older adults. Funding may also be used to provide educational programs for individuals, patients, families, and caregivers to provide them with the knowledge and skills for self-management and/or care delivery for older adults.

Preference will be given to projects that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in state or local health departments.


Eligible applicants are accredited health professions schools and programs. The following entities are eligible applicants:

  • Schools of Allopathic Medicine
  • Schools of Veterinary Medicine
  • Schools of Dentistry
  • Schools of Public Health
  • Schools of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Schools of Chiropractic
  • Schools of Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant Programs
  • Schools of Optometry
  • Schools of Allied Health
  • Schools of Podiatric Medicine
  • Schools of Nursing

The following accredited graduate programs are also eligible applicants:

  • Health Administration
  • Behavioral Health and Mental Health Practice including:
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Clinical Social Work
    • Professional Counseling
    • Marriage and Family Therapy

Additional eligible applicants are:

  • Healthcare facilities
  • Programs leading to nursing assistant certification
  • Partnerships between schools of nursing and healthcare facilities
  • Partnerships between certified nurse assistant programs and healthcare facilities
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $750,000 per year. Additional funds of $100,000 per year for education and training on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) may also be requested.
Number of awards: Up to 47
Project period: 5 years
Total funding available: $35,730,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through

Tagged as
Aging and aging-related services · Allied health · Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Community and faith-based initiatives · Dementia · Dental workforce · Elderly population · Graduate medical education · Health professions faculty · Health workforce education and training · Informal caregivers · Interprofessional training of the health workforce · Networking and collaboration · Nurses · Oral health · Pharmacy and prescription drugs · Pharmacy workforce · Physician assistants · Physicians · Primary care · Public health · Social determinants of health

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