San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center

About Us

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.

News and Updates

Elderly Health Training
The SDIGEC has helped design stipend programs for SDSU Nursing and Social Work Students as well as UCSD Medical students to expand their clinical training environments to provide experiences in integrated geriatrics and primary health care delivery systems. The SDIGEC has also expanded caregiver training, training for people living with dementia, as well as developed a public education campaign to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and other related dementias (ADRD). The SDIGEC will continue to work with the County of San Diego to develop training for all County staff who interact with those who may have ADRD, and explore with our partners the best way to reach and educate residential care providers, primary care providers, and first responders.

Our Partners

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.

SDSU School of Nursing

SDSU School of Social Work

SDSU School of Public Health

UCSD Medical School Departments of Geriatric Psychiatry and Geriatrics

San Diego County Aging & Independence Services

Alzheimer’s San Diego

George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers, Inc.

Champions for Health

Southern Caregiver Resource Center

Student Stipend Recipients

Through a $2.5 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center (SDIGEC) will train at least 60 graduate students, medical residents and fellows in advanced techniques for recognizing and treating memory loss and associated chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

To address the needs of the workforce and in aligning with SDIGEC’s mission, The Geriatric Master of Social Work (MSW) Training Stipend Program develops ADRD-specialized gerontological social workers. Eligible students will be provided training, education and opportunities necessary to work with ADRD patients, their families, caregivers, and other inter-professional team of professionals.

See the Student Stipend Recipient page for more information.



Contact San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center

For general questions regarding the SDIGEC project please contact Kellie Scott at

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