University of New England Maine Geriatric Education Center (UNE-MGEC)
The University of New England Maine Geriatric Education Center (UNE-MGEC) for several HRSA funding cycles was one of several Geriatric Education Centers throughout the country with the purpose of providing health professionals, health professions faculty and students with interprofessional training. curricula and tools that are relevant to today's older adult population and addressing healthcare needs of an aging rural state in which primary care providers and other health professionals, particularly those with knowledge of elder health are in short supply.
Federal funding for all Geriatric Education Centers throughout the nation ended on June 30, 2015. The UNE-MGEC continues to offer previously developed online programs, and video links to several of the UNE-MGEC Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias conference keynote sessions as well as resources such as the Older Adult Resource Toolkit (OAR) and other related programs throughout the website.
The Center is located on UNE's Portland Campus and is part of the UNE Westbrook College of Health Professions' School of Community and Population Health.
UNE-MGEC Activities & Resources
Among the activities of the UNE-MGEC are education programs including health literacy team training, falls and quality of falls care (evidenced base practice) team training, fall prevention education, art in aging "Living Art Living Well Studio" and emergency preparedness.
Complimentary Online courses including topics on health literacy, advance directives, elder abuse, aging & public health, depression and dementia are available through the UNE-MGEC website.
The UNE-MGEC draws talented staff and program innovations developed throughout UNE, which has long been recognized as a leader for its commitment to geriatrics programs, medical and health professions education.
History and Current University of New England Maine Geriatric Education Center (UNE-MGEC) funding
The University of New England Maine Geriatric Education Center is one of 45 national Geriatric Education Centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The current 5 year grant cycle is from 7-1-2011 through 6-30-2015. This new grant will provide approximately $1,080.000 to provide a range of health professionals, health professions faculty and students with training, curricula and tools to address Maine's growing older adult population healthcare needs.
Historically, over the past several years the Maine Geriatric Education Center has gone through several funding cycles. Until 2002 the Maine Geriatric/Gerontology Education Center was part of the Harvard Upper New England Geriatric Education Center (HUNEGEC). Objectives of the (HUNEGEC) were directed at upper New England as a whole, with certain sub-objectives being unique to Maine.
In 2003, the University of New England received its own funding from HRSA to establish the Maine Geriatric Education Center (Maine GEC). The Maine GEC was developed to implement a more extensive set of objectives to focus on the unique needs of Maine's older adults. The Maine GEC operated from 7-03 through 12-06 when all the GEC's throughout the country were zero funded by congress prior to the completion of the five year funding cycle.
In September 2007 the University of New England was awarded a $650,000, three year grant from HRSA which continued through June 3, 2010.