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Oct. 23, 2007

$1.3 million grant will help improve care for older Iowans

The University of Iowa, in consortium with five other institutions, has been awarded a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, to support the Iowa Geriatric Education Center (IGEC), which is based in the UI Department of Internal Medicine.

The award will help the center meet Iowa's growing needs for geriatric expertise in caring for elders in rural and underserved areas. IGEC projects will address the educational needs of faculty, students and health care practitioners who provide care to older Iowans in underserved areas.

Distance and e-learning technologies will allow learners to benefit from programs that otherwise are not available to rural and isolated health care workers. These educational opportunities will make learning more accessible, minimize professional isolation and allow learners to interact with geriatric faculty and practitioners, all in order to improve care for older Iowans.

Paul Mulhausen, M.D., clinical associate professor of internal medicine at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, is IGEC program director and principal investigator. Center co-director and co-investigator is Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., the Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor of Gerontological Nursing Excellence in the UI College of Nursing. Linda Seydel, administrator of Programs in Geriatric Education in internal medicine, is IGEC project director.

"The IGEC will address Iowa's health care challenges by training the faculty, students and practitioners who will teach geriatrics, improve geriatric practice and provide quality care to older Iowans in underserved areas," Mulhausen said.

The IGEC creates an infrastructure in geriatric education, represented statewide by consortium members including the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and UI Colleges of Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy in Iowa City; Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport; and the Aging Resources of Central Iowa, Iowa/Nebraska Primary Care Association, Iowa Health System, and the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care, all in Des Moines.

STORY SOURCE: Health Science Relations, University of Iowa, 5137 Westlawn Lawn, Iowa City, IA 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660,