San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center
The San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center (SDIGEC) has been funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as part of their Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program to develop the next generation of geriatric health workers in San Diego and Imperial Counties. SDIGEC builds on The Alzheimer’s Project, a regional initiative of the County of San Diego, that through the leadership of Chairwoman Dianne Jacob (now County Supervisor) and the County Board of Supervisors, brought together community partners to develop plans to address the growing health concern of Alzheimer’s Disease. SDIGEC is a collaborative effort lead by the Academy and the SDSU Schools of Nursing and Social Work and Public Health, San Diego County Aging and Independence Services (AIS), and UCSD Medical School Departments of Geriatric Psychiatry and Geriatrics and will initially focus on Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The project offers workforce training across the spectrum from health care professionals and social workers, to family caregivers, and includes student stipends and cross-disciplinary collaboration to build an integrated geriatric system of care. http://socialwork.sdsu.edu/blog/2015/08/03/elder-health-training/
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Elderly Health Training
The SDIGEC is currently designing stipend programs for SDSU Nursing and Social Work Students as well as UCSD Medical students that will expand their clinical training environments to provide experiences in integrated geriatrics and primary health care delivery systems. The SDIGEC will also be expanding caregiver training, training for people living with dementia, as well as developing a public education campaign to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and other related dementias (ADRD). The SDIGEC working with the County of San Diego to develop training for all County staff who interact with those who may have ADRD, and exploring with our partners the best way to reach and educate residential care providers, primary care providers, and first responders.
Organizations involved in the development of training include:
Academy for Professional Excellence, and SDIGEC which are projects of San Diego State University School of Social Work.
Contact San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center
For general questions regarding the SDIGEC project please contact Kellie Scott at email@example.com.