Montana Geriatric Education Center Awarded Five-Year, $3.75 Million Grant

July 12, 2019

An attendee listens at a Montana Geriatric Education Center conference. (UM file photo)MISSOULA – The Montana Geriatric Education Center (MTGEC) at the University of Montana recently was awarded a five-year, $3.75 million Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant from the federal Health Resources & Services Administration.

The funding will help the UM center sustain and expand education and training for professionals and communities to improve the health and well-being of older adults across Montana.

MTGEC is housed in UM’s College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences and is directed by Dr. Keith Anderson, a professor in the School of Social Work.

The center will partner with RiverStone Health in Billings, Mountain Pacific Quality Health Foundation in Helena, Partnership Health Center in Missoula and numerous other organizations. Three primary initiatives will integrate geriatrics into primary care, develop the interprofessional geriatric workforce and provide education to older adults, family caregivers and communities.

“These efforts are aimed at improving the quality of care, health outcomes and quality of life for older people across Montana,” Anderson said.

For more information call MTGEC at 406-243-2480 or visit http://health.umt.edu/mtgec/.

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Contact: Keith Anderson, UM Montana Geriatric Education Center director, 406-243-5212, keith.anderson@mso.umt.edu; Terry Egan, UM Montana Geriatric Education associate director, 406-243-2480, terry.egan@mso.umt.edu.