PPHF Geriatric Education Centers


The purpose of this program is to improve health outcomes for older adults by developing a healthcare workforce that maximizes patient and family engagement, and by integrating geriatrics and primary care. The goals of this program are: 1) to educate and train the primary care and geriatrics workforce to care for older adults in integrated geriatrics and primary care models, and 2) to partner with community based organizations (CBOs) to address gaps in healthcare for older adults, promote age-friendly health systems and dementia-friendly communities, and address the social determinants of health..

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 In Academic Year 2017-2018, GWEP grantees provided training for 49,381 students and fellows participating in a variety of geriatrics-focused degree programs, field placements, and fellowships. Of these trainees, 26,966 graduated or completed their training during the current academic year. GWEP grantees partnered with 316 health care delivery sites (e.g., hospitals, long-term care facilities, and academic institutions) to provide clinical training experiences to trainees. Approximately 43 percent of these sites were located in medically underserved communities, and 53 percent were situated in primary care settings. With regard to the continuing education of the current workforce, 212,444 faculty and practicing professionals participated in 1,564 unique continuing education courses offered by GWEP 120 grantees,
Section 750 and 753(a) of the Public Health Service Act, Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392 as amended by the Affordable Care Act of 2010, Public Law 111-148; and Section 865 of the Public Health Service Act.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are accredited health professions schools and programs. The following entities are eligible applicants: Schools of Allopathic Medicine; Schools of Veterinary Medicine; Schools of Dentistry; Schools of Public Health; Schools of Osteopathic Medicine; Schools of Chiropractic; Schools of Pharmacy; Physician Assistant Programs; Schools of Optometry; Schools of Allied Health; Schools of Podiatric Medicine; and Schools of Nursing The following accredited graduate programs are also eligible applicants: Health Administration; and Behavioral Health and Mental Health Practice, including: Clinical Psychology, Clinical Social Work, Professional Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition these are also eligible entities under GWEP: a health care facility, a program leading to certification as a certified nurse assistant, a partnership of a school of nursing such and facility, or a partnership of such a program and facility Faith-based and community-based organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations may apply if otherwise eligible. Applicants must be located in the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Accredited health professions schools
Applicants should review the individual HRSA Notice of Funding Opportunity issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted with an application package.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov. All eligible, qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
Award Procedure
Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) through a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 - 180 days after receipt of applications.
Not applicable.
Depending on Agency priorities and availability of funding, during the final budget year of the approved project period competing continuation applications may be solicited from interested applicants.
How are proposals selected?
Procedures for assessing the technical merit of grant applications have been instituted to provide an objective review of applications and to assist the applicant in understanding the standards against which each application will be judged. Critical indicators have been developed for each review criterion to assist the applicant in presenting pertinent information related to that criterion and to provide the reviewer with a standard for evaluation. Competing applications are reviewed by non-Federal expert consultant(s) for technical merit recommendations. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: (1) Purpose and Need; (2) Response to Program Purpose; (3) Impact; (4) Organizational Information, Resources and Capabilities; and (5) Support Requested. See the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Projects must develop collaborations with at least one non-profit community organization and one primary care facility to ensure integrated delivery systems. Grantees must use funds for the following activities: 1. Develop and implement integrated geriatrics and primary care health care delivery systems to provide clinical experiences for trainees with the goal of improving comprehensive, coordinated care for older adults; 2. Partner with, or create as appropriate, community-based outreach resource centers to address the learning and support needs of older adults, their families and their caregivers. Such programs must address local needs, taking into account available care settings, social resources, and community culture. Topics in addressing psychosocial needs, disease self-management, patient engagement, and population health are encouraged; and 3. Provide training to individuals who will provide care to older adults within the context of the above focus areas. Categories of individuals may include: patients, families, caregivers, direct care providers, primary care providers, students, residents, fellows, and faculty. 4. In addition, projects may include Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias education and training for patients, families, caregivers, direct care providers, and health professions students, faculty, and providers. Restricted Uses: Student support through stipends, tuition, and fees from other funding sources is not eligible for support. The exception to this restriction is individuals who are preparing for advanced education nursing degrees in geriatric nursing, long-term care, gero-psychiatric nursing or other nursing areas that specialize in the care of the elderly population. These individuals are eligible for traineeship support. Funds may not be used for the constructions of buildings or the acquisition of land. indirect costs under training awards to organizations other than State, local or American Indian tribal governments will be budgeted and reimbursed at 8 percent of modified total direct costs rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement, and are not subject to upward or downward adjustment. Funds may not be used for trainee costs, the constructions of buildings or the acquisition of land.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3 year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3 year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: The recipient must agree to maintain non-federal funding for grant activities at a level which is not less than expenditures for such activities during the fiscal year prior to receiving the award.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
This funding opportunity provides support for a three-year project period. Recipients draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS), the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Nina Tumosa, PhD, Medical Training and Geriatrics Branch, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Workforce
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 15N194B
Rockville, MD 20857 US
Phone: 301-443-5626
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$35,839,723.00; FY 19 est $37,729,921.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$35,839,723.00; FY 16$35,872,006.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 18 Range: $589,616 - $881,825 Average Award: $857,500 FY 19 Range: $590,000 - $750,000 Est Average Award: $740,384 FY 20 est Range: $0 Average Award: $0
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All administrative and audit requirements and the cost principles that govern Federal monies associated with this activity will be subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75. HRSA awards are also subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/hhsgrantspolicy.pdf.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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