AIM 1: Transform the Tampa Family Health FQHC primary care practices (family medicine, general internal medicine, nursing and medical assistants) by infusing gerontologic and geriatric knowledge into clinical practice and by providing structured, geriatric interprofessional education for providers and all clinical staff, thus creating a geriatric primary care FHQC model that fosters excellence in older adults and family clinical care within this environment.
AIM 2: Develop a comprehensive and coordinated curriculum for medical, nursing (ARNP and DNP) and pharmacy students that instills the core geriatric knowledge into primary care environment and implements active student participation in key geriatric clinical activities during this transformation and beyond.
AIM 3: Prepare IM, FP DNP, ARNP future leaders in geriatric infused primary care through development of advanced skills in advocacy, practice development, population based medicine, family/patient involvement, interdisciplinary care and transition across the lifespan.
AIM 4: In collaboration with the primary care mission of Federally qualified health centers to create a model of culturally sensitive and appropriate Alzheimer's disease and related dementias education for the community, patients, families, caregivers, direct care workers, and health professions providers that prioritizes identification of cognitive impairment and increases competence in memory care management.
AIM 5: Build a dynamic, reciprocal network of collaboration among partners (TFHC, BAI, and SCC), that facilitates an efficient and effective process for TFHC’s and BAI elders and disabled adult patients to be assessed, referred to SCC, and receive access to appropriate home and community-based long-term care support and services to maintain elders in the community.
Accomplishment of these aims will create a new model of care and equip TFHC primary care providers to effectively and compassionately manage aging populations. We expect to transform USF Health's clinical training of future primary care leaders by developing a comprehensive and coordinated curriculum for medical, nursing, ARNP, DNP, pharmacy, and physical therapy students that instills the core geriatric knowledge into primary care environment. We also hypothesize that TFHC patient outcomes and systems of care will improve as medical and psychosocial issues of aging patients are addressed proactively through the training of existing clinical staff and the addition of case managers and patient navigators sensitized to elders' needs.