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Department of Community Health

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Call 888-402-LVHN (5846) Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
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Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)

The Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) is a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant awarded to the LVHN Department of Family Medicine. It’s designed to improve the care of geriatric patients and the education of the primary care workforce to provide this care.

The departments of population health, community health and family medicine collaborate with six primary care residency practices in implementing the Guided Care Model. A team of guided care registered nurses and community health workers work with these practices in caring for panels of 50 to 60 geriatric patients per month with complex health issues (i.e. diabetes, COPD, congestive heart failure). The team has specific focus on the frail elderly, patients with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia (ADRD), as well as educating and supporting their caregivers to reduce caregiver stress. In addition, the GWEP team works closely with community stakeholders like the Alzheimer’s AssociationUnited WayCedar Crest College and The Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services to improve community-based services for the elderly and their caregivers, focused on healthy aging, fall prevention, dementia and caregiver support.

Five of the practices are supported by a Community Care Team (CCT). The team works directly with the patients, family members and caregivers in their homes. Health professions, students and residents work together with the guided care RNs, CHWs and CCTs in primary care practices to learn evidence-based, best practices for the integration of geriatrics into primary care. Project trainees include 1,600 patients and family members/caregivers, and 1,200 community members, who learn through individual, small-group and large-group presentations by members of this collaborative project.

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What is the goal? 
To develop a replicable, scalable model of integrating primary care for the elderly – and the education of the needed workforce – into primary care practices to meet the growing health care needs of older populations.

Who is eligible for services? 
LVHN geriatric patients at selected primary care practices.

Get involved 
Cathy A. Coyne
Director of Health Advocacy and Policy
Department of Community Health
484-862-3552
Cathy_A.Coyne@lvhn.org

Need Help?

Call 888-402-LVHN (5846) Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Chat Online

Walk-In Care

If you have a minor illness, you can walk into an ExpressCare or schedule a video visit. For allergies, ear infections, cold and flu symptoms, rash and sprains.

Find an ExpressCARE Schedule a video visit

Schedule Online

Book the next available "new patient" appointment with the click of a button.

Schedule Now

How You Can Help Our Mission How You Can Help Our Mission

This is a non-profit organization. Please consider donating to help heal, comfort and care.

Learn more »