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The purpose of the USI Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) is to improve health outcomes for older adults in underserved communities of southwest Indiana by developing a workforce to maximize patient and family engagement and integrate geriatrics into primary care.

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GWEP-CC Case Study: The Journey to Age-Friendly Primary Care

A case study written by the USI GWEP has been published to Geriatrics Care Online (GCO) as a new resource to other practices interested in the Age-Friendly movement. The authors are Dr. Kevin Valadares, Professor and Chair of Graduate Health Administration at the University of Southern Indiana, and Robin Arnold, GWEP Clinical Quality Improvement Analyst with Deaconess Clinic, Evansville.

Becoming an Age-Friendly Health System entails providing a set of four evidence-based elements of high-quality care, known as the “4Ms,” to all older adults in your system: What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility. In the USI GWEP's case study, Valadares and Arnold focus on the What Matters component of the 4M structure through a multimodal advance care planning (ACP) initiative within a primary care clinic.

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View our list of publications and presentations

Graduate Certificate - Administrator-in-Training (AIT) Residency Program

The first two students to enroll in USI’s Graduate Certificate – Administrator-in-Training (AIT) Residency Program have passed the National Long Term Care Administrators Board (NAB) exam on their first attempt and have accepted jobs as health facility administrators in southern Indiana.

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New Activity Professionals Certificate

The Activity Professionals Certificate Program aligns with the University of Southern Indiana (USI) mission/strategic plan and USI’s federally funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) initiative by increasing the educational programs to prepare students for a career working with older adults.

This program enables USI students to acquire a certification by successfully completing four classes. The certification increases their knowledge and marketability while supporting the workforce needs in the state of Indiana.

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The USI GWEP reached out to its network of academic nursing program partners and nursing home partners to develop a strategic proposal of the use of FY 2022-23 Nursing Staff Training in Nursing Home Care Supplemental Funding.

The Nursing Staff Training in Nursing Home Care supplemental funding will support several initiatives focusing on nursing homes:

  • Dementia Curriculum: A Dementia-Focused Nursing Home Orientation designed for certified nursing assistants, nurses and other nursing home staff members. Learn more
  • Age-Friendly Curriculum: Coming soon
  • Nursing Home Staff Education, Recruitment and Retention: Our nursing home partners will utilize the dementia curriculum and the Age-Friendly curriculum, and one staff member from each nursing home will receive the Dementia Live® coach certification. To address resilience, partnering nursing homes will select one staff member to be trained as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. After receiving the instructor status, these individuals will host a course for nursing home staff members focusing on mental health concerns.

Meet the USI GWEP

The University of Southern Indiana GWEP is helping provide innovative models of care and education that support growth and development across the lifespan.

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is the process of reflection, planning and discussion of future medical care in the event you are unable to speak or make your own decisions.

Meet the Team

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3,691,706 million with zero percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Upcoming Events

Dementia Programs

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A Positive Approach to Dementia:
Getting Connected and Supporting Our Neighbors

April 12 & 13, 2023 
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Dementia Friendly America

Petersburg Action Team Meeting
March 31, 2023  
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USI Community Action Team Meeting
March 22, 3 pm CT  
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Warrick County Action Team Meeting
March 23, Noon CT  
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Rockport Action Team Meeting
March 23, 9:30 a.m. CT  |  Learn more

Evansville Northside Action Team Meeting
March 28, Noon CT |  Learn More

Minka Advisory Board Meetings

April 19, June 21, August 16, October 18, November 15
10 a.m. CT on Zoom  |  Learn more

Interprofessional Geriatric
Assessment Clinic

By invitation only

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March 17,
April 17

1-4:30 p.m., Deaconess Family Medicine Clinic
For more information, email Dr. Ryan Butler or call 812-461-5396

Advance Care Planning

For more information, email Kevin Valadares

Nursing Home Workforce Information 

Informational Breakfast Flyer

AIT Preceptor Informational Breakfast 

April 14

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. CST

Stone Center Room 3065

515 Walnut Street, Evansville, IN

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Respecting Choices Training
April 14
& April 21
Noon-4:30 p.m. CST
USI Campus |  Learn more

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In-Person Class

April 4, 11, 18, and 24

2 - 4 p.m. EST

4-H Fairgrounds Food Court

4-H Way, Washington, IN 47501 

Coaches Training

April 13th, 2023

9 a.m.-4 p.m. EST

Room 320 at Generations

1019 N 4th St. Vincennes, IN 47591

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Living a Healthy Life
with Chronic Conditions

March 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18

2-4:30 pm CST Learn more     

Downtown Clinic-3rd Floor Conference Room
120 SE 4th S
Evansville, IN 47713

Living a Healthy Life
with Chronic Conditions

February 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

10 am - 12 pm CST

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