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The NW GWEC brings together faculty and staff across the University of Washington campus.

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Our Mission

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.

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Our Values

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.

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Our Goals

  • 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.

Our Team


Project Director

Dr. Phelan is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, at the UW School of Medicine. Dr. Phelan leads and directs the NW GWEC.



Dr. Vitiello is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UW School of Medicine. He provides administrative oversight for all NW GWEC activities.


Associate Director

Dr. Cochrane is the de Tornyay Endowed Professor for Healthy Aging and Director of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging at the UW School of Nursing.


Geriatric Medicine Training Lead

Dr. Bennett is the Program Director for the UW Geriatric Medicine Fellowship and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine.


Program Manager

Armed with her MPH and a passion for geriatrics and older adults , Aimee is the day-to-day manager of all NW GWEC activities.

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.