Workplan

AIM 1: Transform the Suncoast Community 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(SCHC, BAI, and SCC), that facilitates an efficient and effective processfor SCHC’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 SCHCprimary care providers to effectively and compassionately manage agingpopulations. We expect to transform USF Health's clinical training offuture primary care leaders by developing a comprehensive and coordinatedcurriculum for medical, nursing, ARNP, DNP, pharmacy, and physical therapystudents that instills the core geriatric knowledge into primary careenvironment. We also hypothesize that SCHC patient outcomes and systems ofcare will improve as medical and psychosocial issues of aging patients areaddressed proactively through the training of existing clinical staff andthe addition of case managers and patient navigators sensitized to elders'needs.