Washington, DC, Geriatric Education Center Consortium

As a multi-institutional collaboration, The Washington ,DC ,Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium’s (WAGECC) mission is to improve the health, quality of life, and potential of older persons, particularly those in underserved areas, by providing interprofessional education and support to health care professionals, faculty and students towards the ultimate goal of strengthening the geriatric workforce.

Consortium members include:  The George Washington University; Georgetown University; Howard University; National Center for Creative Aging; Providence Hospital; Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center; and Washington Hospital Center.

Inspired by the research of the late Gene D. Cohen, MD, PhD, which was especially focused on understanding and tapping creative potential in later life and to creative problem solving for social and health challenges associated with aging, WAGECC incorporates arts and humanities in a person-centered approach to education and training.  In addition to being a consortium partner, the National Center for Creative Aging’s Executive Director, Gay Hanna, MFA, PhD, serves as a WAGECC Co-Principal Investigator and was brought into the project as an expert in arts and humanities curriculum development.

In developing the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals in geriatrics and gerontology, WAGECC’s programs and core curriculum engage learners experientially and enhance engagement between health care professionals and older adults by emphasizing:

  • Person-Centered Care
  • Creative Potential of Older Adults
  • Adult Learning Principles

NCCA assists in the development of education programs, including the WAGECC.NCCA Best Practice Forum, which is offered annually to recognize health care professionals who have completed WAGECC programs. It also brings together members of the Washington, DC, healthcare community to generate excitement about improving care for older persons, to share best practices, and to develop new opportunities for professional collaboration.  NCCA also produced the Person Centered Care Institute, which focuses on the use of story across the continuum of care.

The Washington ,DC, Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium is supported by Federal funding received by The George Washington University from the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration.