NEOMED Among Partners for $3.7M Grant

ROOTSTOWN, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Medical University is among the partners sharing a $3.7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to study primary care for seniors.

Over the next five years, the university and its partners will use online teaching tools, simulations and experiential training to improve training for doctors that will serve aging populations, including those with Alzheimer’s and other related forms of dementia.

“As social determinants of health have shown to be the primary drivers of outcomes in older adults, the grant will also focus on medication management, accessing resources, completing advance care planning, respite, and navigating issues regarding caregiving,” said Susan Hazelett, the project’s manager and a registered nurse at Summa Health, in a statement.

Among the partners on the project – “Infusing interprofessional geriatric education into primary care and community environments” – are NEOMED, Summa, Direction Home Akron-Canton Area Agency on Aging, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, University of Akron, Cleveland State University, the Alzheimer’s Association and Hospice of the Western Reserve.

“This is truly interprofessional and interagency education as well as collaboration,” said NEOMED assistant professor and project principal investigator Margaret Sanders. “We’re enhancing the geriatrics knowledge of all communities ― primary care and community-based care providers; faculty, students, residents and fellows; as well as patients, their families and their caregivers.”

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