About the Middle Tennessee Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)

The Middle Tennessee Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program was formed in 2019 and is located on the campus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The Middle Tennessee GWEP addresses Tennessee’s poor health rankings and health profession shortfall by integrating geriatrics into primary care delivery systems while increasing the pool of quality geriatric providers. The program will enhance training for providers, healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers and impact health outcomes in 6 CMS-MIPS measures:

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) Caregiver Education and Support
  2. Evaluation for Risk of Opioid Misuse
  3. Advance Care Planning
  4. High Risk Medication Use
  5. All Cause 30-day Hospital Readmissions
  6. Falls Risk Assessment

Middle Tennessee GWEP will collaborate with partners, including: Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS), Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee, Richland Place Health Center, Honoring Choices® Tennessee, Knowles Home Assisted Living Facility and Alzheimer’s Tennessee®.  Middle Tennessee GWEP partners have developed great expertise in delivering new geriatric models of care and these partners have a history of a sustained relationship of working together collaboratively to address critical needs in geriatric healthcare.

The Middle Tennessee GWEP is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

There are 48 GWEP’s in the US, PR and Guam