The New Mexico Geriatric Education Center (NMGEC) recently received notification that of a grant funding award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions through 2010. HRSA is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NMGEC has been funded for the past 17 years by a HRSA grant in five-year cycles (latest cycle 2001-2006).

Under the grant goals, the NMGEC provides geriatric education and training to health care professionals with an emphasis on providers in Tribal and Indian Health Service clinics.

NMGEC education and training programs concentrate on fostering an appreciation of the richness of Indian culture and traditions, and an awareness of the use of traditional healing practices.

In the past five years, the NMGEC has trained over 3,800 interdisciplinary health care professionals and paraprofessionals on elder care in culturally appropriate geriatric educational workshops, trainings and collaborations.

Visit the NMGEC website at http://hsc.unm.edu/som/fcm/gec for more information on upcoming events and projects or call us at 505-272-4934.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322