North and Central Florida Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Partnership

health trainee with seniors

Welcome to the North and Central Florida Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Partnership (NCF-GWEP) webpage. The delivery of this program is funded through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The NCF-GWEP, anchored by the Department of Geriatrics at the FSU College of Medicine, is a collaborative partnership among FSU, community-based primary care, and community-based education organizations.

Here at our website, you can find information for seniors, health care providers, family caregivers, or health trainees related to the care of older adults. Florida has a larger percentage of older residents than any other state. The growing older adult population must have healthcare workers and a healthcare system that meets their unique care needs.

The NCF-GWEP at Florida State University incorporates an interdisciplinary approach. Participating trainees include: social work, nursing, medicine, and pharmacy students, Federally Qualified Health Center providers and staff, internal and family medicine residents, family caregivers, senior residence nurses and certified nursing assistants, and older adult patients.  

Check out our Resources tab for training materials, educational information, and links to helpful sites. See information below on each of our six projects. 


NCF-GWEP Projects

Primary Care Consortium:

At our four partnering primary care residency sites we are working to strengthen geriatrics components of curricula and implement quality improvement  projects focused on system based changes. 

 Caregiver Training: 

We are delivering the nationally recognized Powerful Tools for Caregivers six week self-care education program to family caregivers across Florida. We have created a pool of certified Powerful Tools leaders to deliver workshops in communities across the state. 

We have partnered with African-American Alzheimer's Caregiver Training and Support 2 (ACTS2), a twelve session faith-based skills-building support program covering topics such as relaxation, effective thinking and problem-solving skills for caregivers of loved ones with dementia.

Senior Learning: 

Educational presentations are delivered by medical students and were developed by health profession students and faculty on the topics of brain health, heart health, falls prevention, and advance care planning. Presentations are empowering hundreds of older adults across  the state to be active and informed members of the healthcare team. 

Transforming Rural and Underserved Care Environments:

We are collaborating to transform the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and affiliated FSU College of Medicine Regional Campus in Immokalee, into a high-quality geriatrics care provider and training center.

Interprofessional Education: 

We are developing providers from nursing, social work, pharmacy, and medicine who can assess and address the health needs of older adults and work effectively in interprofessional teams. This is being accomplished through an interactive online curriculum for students from multiple health professions culminating in a simulated interprofessional clinical immersion experience.    

Nurse Workforce Enhancement:

We are working to develop nurses and other providers who can assess and address the health needs of older adults including frail, vulnerable populations residing in assisted living and nursing centers through development and delivery of interactive online modules. Modules developed include Pain Assessment and Management, Determining Cause and Effective Treatment of Responsive Behaviors in Persons With Dementia, and more. 

 Who are our collaborative partners?