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UI Center on Aging receives $744,000 for geriatric education center

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center on Aging has been awarded a three-year, $744,000 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, to fund an Iowa Geriatric Education Center (IGEC).

The IGEC will focus on improving continuing education in geriatrics for health care practitioners, faculty, students and allied professionals. IGEC activities emphasize interdisciplinary geriatric education. Several such activities are based in community practice and education sites, and many make use of the Iowa Communications Network, the state's fiber optic telecommunications structure dedicated to education and health care.

Gary Rosenthal, M.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, will serve as IGEC program director. Co-directors of the program are Meridean Maas, Ph.D., UI professor of nursing, and Arthur Hartz, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of family medicine.

Joining the UI as IGEC consortium partners are Liberty Country Assisted Living in Iowa City, the Regional Health Education Center in Mason City, the Palmer Center for Chiropractic in Davenport, and the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines. Each institution will be involved in developing educational materials and activities statewide.

IGEC activities and the educational materials they produce will be available through an IGEC resource center and a World Wide Web site. For more information, contact the UI Center on Aging at (319) 335-6576.

9/22/98