PPHF Geriatric Education Centers

The purpose of this cooperative agreement program is to establish and operate geriatric education centers that will implement the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) to develop a health care workforce that maximizes patient and family engagement and improves health outcomes for older adults

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by integrating geriatrics with primary care.

A GWEP: a) improves the training of health professionals and individuals in geriatrics, including geriatric residencies, traineeships, or fellowships; b) develops and disseminates curricula relating to the treatment of the health problems of elderly individuals; c) supports the training and retraining of faculty to provide instruction in geriatrics; d) supports continuing education of health professionals who provide geriatric care; e) provides students with clinical training in geriatrics in nursing homes, chronic and acute disease hospitals, ambulatory care centers, and senior centers; or f) establishes traineeships for 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.

Special emphasis is on providing the primary care workforce with the knowledge and skills to care for older adults and on collaborating with community partners to address gaps in health care for older adults through individual, system, community, and population level changes.

Interprofessional collaboration is an essential component of all project activities, and medicine must be one of the professions included in all interprofessional activities.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Website Address


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Southern Indiana $ 3,008,402   2019-07-012024-06-30
University Of Chicago $ 3,435,169   2015-07-012024-06-30
Emory University $ 3,060,164   2019-07-012024-06-30
Northeast Ohio Medical University $ 3,027,428   2019-07-012024-06-30
University Of North Dakota $ 3,435,170   2019-07-012024-06-30
Johns Hopkins University, The $ 3,060,098   2015-07-012024-06-30
Rush University Medical Center $ 3,060,169   2015-07-012024-06-30
University Of Rhode Island $ 3,060,168   2015-07-012024-06-30
University Of Arkansas System $ 3,056,610   2015-07-012024-06-30
Yale University $ 3,060,170   2015-07-012024-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Funds may not be used for trainee costs, the constructions of buildings or the acquisition of land.

Eligibility Requirements

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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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. The GWEP does not anticipate a new competing cycle until FY 2018. The program will continue to support forty-four (44) noncompeting continuation cooperative agreements through FY 2017.

Award Procedures

Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) through a Notice of Award.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


GWEP: 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.; GEC: Public Health Service Act, Title VII, Section 753(a), Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392 as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Public Law 111-148.

Range of Approval/Disapproval 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.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. 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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS), the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Post Assistance Requirements


Both program and financial reports are required.

The recipient will be required to submit annual performance and progress reports.

A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required according to the schedule in HRSA?s Application Guide.

A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends.

If applicable, the recipient must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends.

New awards (?Type 1?) issued under this notice of funding opportunity are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub.


109?282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110?252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170.

Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient?s and subrecipient?s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (The FFATA details are available online at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/ffata.html).

Competing continuation recipients may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0353-0-1-552 - PPHF; 75-0350-0-1-550.


(Project Grants) FY 16 $35,872,006; FY 17 est $35,839,723; and FY 18 est $0. (Project Grants) FY 16 $35,872,006; FY 17 est $35,839,723; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 16 Range: $568,708-$842,833. Average Award: $815,819 FY 17 Range: $555,046-$850,000. Average Award: $814,540. FY 18 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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


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, Maryland 20857 Email: ntumosa@hrsa.gov Phone: 301-443-5626

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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