Congratulations to our three Primary Care Liaisons (Breanne Swanson, Phung Nguyen, and Felicia Sanchez) and their well-received poster, Virtual Area Agency on Aging Based Practicum for Health Professions Trainees at the American Society on Aging’s Annual Conference On Aging 2023 in Atlanta, GA. Our Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Practicum is one way we work towards bridging the clinic-community gap by teaching primary care trainees (geriatric fellows, family medicine residents, and advanced practice nursing students) about programs to address the social determinants of health needs of older adults and caregivers. During the pandemic, our practicum was re-invented virtually using asynchronous videos and Zoom debriefings. Our findings indicate that our virtual practicum experience is just as valuable as it was pre-pandemic and if anything, it’s more convenient for busy primary care trainees.
Our Project Director, Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS, delivered an excellent presentation, Age-Friendly Healthcare: What Is It? How Do We Get There? at UW Medicine’s Grand Rounds April 29th, 2022.