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January 24, 2024

In the News: Tips for Staying Upright on Snow, Ice


People of all ages are equally prone to slip on snow and ice, says Dr. Elizabeth Phelan, professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine and medical director of the Fall Prevention Clinic at Harborview Medical Center. In that way, she says, those conditions level the playing field.

October 15, 2023

Self-Management Plans for Patients, Family, and Caregivers


We partner with Aging and Disability Services (ADS) of Seattle-King County to create and share Self-Management Plans for patients, family, and caregivers. There are over 25 plans available in multiple languages to help patients, family, and caregivers manage common chronic health conditions. The plans use traffic light flags to help decide when to seek care from a health professional (green = good health, yellow = warnings, red = emergencies).

September 29, 2023

Geriatric Grand Rounds: Updates in Falls Research and Clinical Care


Our NW GWEC Project Director, Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS, gave on Updates in Falls Research and Clinical Care at Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds, Harborview Medical Center

September 18, 2023

New Presentation: Increasing Capacity for Interprofessional Education Across a University via Project ECHO-Geriatrics


At the first MetaECHO conference since 2019, the global ECHO community joined forces to share, dream, and plan. One presentation was from our NW GWEC and our Medical Director of Project ECHO-Geriatrics, Katherine Bennett, MD.

April 21, 2023

Geriatric Grand Rounds: Therapeutic Switches and Fall Risk – Are the alternatives any safer?


Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS, our NW GWEC Project Director presented Friday, April 21st, 2023 at our University of Washington Geriatric Grand Rounds.

March 31, 2023

New Poster Presentation: Virtualizing our Area Agency on Aging Practicum


Congratulations to our three Primary Care Liaisons (Breanne Swanson, Phung Nguyen, and Felicia Sanchez) and their well-received poster…

April 29, 2022

UW Medicine Grand Rounds: Age-Friendly Healthcare: What Is It? How Do We Get There?


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.

August 10, 2021

Opioid Dependence in Older Adults


New educational resources:

What You Need to Know About Opioid Dependence in Older Patients – 15 min Project ECHO – Geriatrics Didactic

New Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing and What They Mean for Elders with Chronic Pain – 75 min Geriatric Healthcare Lecture

August 1, 2021

Teleconference is lifeline for seniors


UW’s family medicine residents have monthly access to guidance on managing elder patients’ conditions.

On the third Friday of the month, a team of geriatric specialists lead a teleconference, Project ECHO – Geriatrics, a teleconference that is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most concerted efforts to improve care of elderly people.

August 1, 2021

New Publication!


We are delighted to announce the publication of our first article, Project ECHO – Geriatrics: Training Future Primary Care Providers to Meet the Needs of Older Adults in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME).

February 5, 2019

“Geriatrics is just made to save money”


Our own Katherine Bennett, MD testified February 5th, 2019 at the US senate HELP Committee Hearing about the merits of our Project ECHO – Geriatrics and our NW GWEC’s educational activities to better prepare the primary care workforce to care for older adults and ultimately reduce health care costs.

July 18, 2018

Aging Innovation Award


Our Primary Care Liaison role working to create community-clinic linkages to optimize the care of older adults was 1 of 16 programs accepted for N4A’s Aging Innovation Award. Congratulations Allison and Melissa!

January 25, 2017

Geriatric Workforce Enhancement: A Year in Review


An update from our partners at Aging and Disability Services (ADS):

When Aging and Disability Services (ADS) first announced our clinical-community partnership with the Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NWGWEC), we could not know how successful it would be and how much we all would learn.

April 13, 2016

Expanding Clinical-Community Partnerships


Aging and Disability Services, the Area Agency on Aging of Seattle-King County, is excited to announce a partnership with the Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center. This collaboration aims to positively impact the healthcare system for older patients, […]

August 17, 2015

Center to Increase Health Workforce Geriatrics Expertise


A Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center is being established at the University of Washington to increase the expertise of primary-care providers, trainees and others in caring for older adults. The ultimate goal is to improve healthcare for […]