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The NW GWEC brings together faculty and staff across the University of Washington campus.
We’re a federally funded regional center that conducts inter-professional education and training programs to improve the primary care of older adults in the Northwest United States.
Our mission is to lead the Pacific Northwest in optimizing primary care of older adults through collaborative education, traineeships, client engagement, and enhanced community-clinical linkages.
Collaboration – collaborating with partners in communities and clinical settings and bridging these two worlds.
Client Engagement – fostering knowledge, skill, and confidence of patients (and their family and caregivers) to manage their personal health and care.
Equity – focusing on vulnerable groups (rural, underserved, diverse, and disadvantaged populations) to improve health and reduce disparities amongst older adults.
- Develop clinical training environments integrating geriatrics and primary care.
- Develop providers who can address the needs of older adults.
- Deliver community-based programs that provide patients, families and care-givers with knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes and quality of care for older adults.
- Provide Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) education to families, caregivers, direct care workers and health professions students, faculty, and providers.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center is part of the Division of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine within the School of Medicine at the University of Washington (UW). The UW is an institution committed to promoting respect for the rights and privileges of all, understanding and appreciation of human differences, and the constructive expression of ideas.
We stand in support of the urgent movement to put an end to longstanding racial injustice. We stand with the University of Washington, UW Medicine, and others to put an end to racial inequities in opportunity, health, well-being, and safety. We are committed to offering educational activities for a healthcare workforce for older adults that is both diverse and ready to provide culturally competent care that actively and urgently addresses disparities in care.
We recognize that change starts within each of us and we stand in solidarity with all of those speaking out against racism and are committed to being part of the solution.