The University of Iowa serves as the lead organization for the Iowa-GWEP, funded by the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), bringing together its Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy, and Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Social Work, and supported by the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence. Collaboration with primary care clinics in Eastern Kansas and Iowa, as well as with statewide community-based and quality improvement organizations, advances our goal of developing a responsive interprofessional rural workforce that engages older people as partners and improves their health outcomes.
Read on for additional information about our collaborating partners.
Des Moines University (DMU), founded in 1898, is the 2nd oldest osteopathic school in the U.S. and the largest medical school in Iowa. Three health science colleges offer 9 degrees including doctorates in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, and physical therapy. Their Rural Medicine Educational Pathway (RMEP) offers an elective on rural health and scholarships for select students who commit to practicing in a rural Iowa community.
Milestones Area Agency on Aging; Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging; Elderbridge Area Agency on Aging represent 3 of 6 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) in Iowa that provide a variety of community services to help older adults remain in their homes. These 3 AAAs serve individuals in 42 of 99 counties, providing programs related to family caregiving, healthier living through evidence-based activities, and nutrition support.
The Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs & Continuing Medical Education coordinates the Iowa Family Medicine Residency Network (FMRN) that is located in 7 independent primary care systems across the state (Davenport, Des Moines, Iowa City, Mason City, Sioux City, and Waterloo).
Telligen provides services to Medicare providers and beneficiaries as the Quality Improvement Network - Quality Improvement Organization for Iowa, Illinois, and Colorado.
VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System (VA-EKHCS) serves 39 counties in Kansas and Missouri with a veteran population of over 104,000. In addition to facilities in Topeka (Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center) and Leavenworth (Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center), the VA-EKHCS provides services in 9 community-based outpatient clinics with a strong community-based family education platform across rural Kansas.
Western Home Communities (WHC), based in Cedar Falls, Iowa, has over a 100-year history of serving the varied care needs of older adults. The campus provides a full continuum of care that includes independent condominiums and patio homes, congregate independent and assisted living apartments, skilled nursing care, memory care, and home health services.
QC Senior Care Coalition. Genesis Health System and UnityPoint Health–Trinity have joined together to sponsor the QC Senior Care Coalition, a group of area skilled nursing administrative and clinical leaders to address opportunities to improve the quality of care for the patients residing within our area nursing homes. The purpose of the coalition is to create a sustainable community skilled nursing coalition to improve transitions of care for all patients by sharing resources and data, implementing best practices and person-centered interventions, and utilizing quality improvement process tools.
Data submission links for Coalition members: