SGEC is one of the original six Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) funded GECs that received post-9/11 seed funding from HRSA for curriculum development and training on bioterrorism and emergency preparedness in aging for health care providers. SGEC focused on the cultural context of geriatric preparedness. This network of GECs evolved into the Geriatric Emergency Preparedness Response (GEPR) Collaborative to continue training, developing resources, and disseminating information oriented to an all-hazards approach for preparedness and aging.
A 2002 survey of 46 GECs initiated by the National Association of Geriatric Education Centers (NAGEC) showed serious lack of aging-specific information on preparedness for geriatric/gerontology education. The GEPR Collaborative’s international and national reach through internet-based education technology, distance learning, publications, conferences, on-site training programs, and other dissemination strategies provides on-going access to geriatric preparedness training and resources for health care providers and the community. See Emergency Preparedness at (http://www.mc.uky.edu/aging/gec.html) for a list of resources related to aging.
Emergency Preparedness Webinars
The webinar recording of Emergency Preparedness and Elder Care in the SGEC series on Care of Diverse Elders and their Families in Primary Care in collaboration with the GEPR Collaborative presented June 23, 2011, is available on the SGEC webinar page. Presenters are: Charles Cefalu, MD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Melen R. McBride, PhD, RN, FGSA, SGEC; Arleen Johnson PhD, Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional GEC , University of Kentucky; Elizabeth M. Shiels, PhD-C, MSSW, LCSW, Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional GEC, University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work.
McBride, M. & Rose, J. (2009, April) Emergency Preparedness: Cultural Considerations When Working with Older Adults with Sensory and Motor Disabilities, Stanford Geriatric Education Center, 2009 Webinar Series (via YouTube), Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
McBride, M. (2004) Sensory loss and emergency preparedness strategies with elders with diabetes from diverse ethnic backgrounds(). Stanford Geriatric Education Center.
Johnson, A. Howe, J., McBride, M., Palmisano, B., Perweiler, E., Roush, R., Sanders, M., Sherman, A., Tumosa, N., and Weiss, J, (2006). Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness in Aging (BTEPA): HRSA-Funded GEC Collaboration for Curricula and Training. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 26:4, Haworth Press, Inc., NY (abstract: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J021v26n04_06)
McBride, M. (2006, November/December) The Big Picture in Geriatric Emergency Preparedness Training”. AGHE Exchange, 30:2, p 5-6. http://aghe.org/clientimages/40634/publications/aghexchangeonline/v30n2.pdf
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Book Chapters in Charles A. Cefalu (ed.) (2014). Disaster Preparedness for Seniors: A Comprehensive Guide for Healthcare Professionals. Springer Publisher: NY.
McBride, M. R., Johnson, A. , Shiels, E.M., Tumosa, N., Howe, J.L., Metcalf, J.A., Roush, R.E., & Weiss, J. The evolution of academic-based geriatric emergency preparedness and response (GEPR) training for medicine, health and behavioral sciences. p. 137-161.
McBride, M.R., Johnson, A., , Shiels, E.M., Howe, J.L., Tumosa, N., Metcalf, J.A., Roush, R.E.,& Weiss, J. Outcomes of academic-based geriatric emergency preparedness and response (GEPR) training for medicine and health sciences. p. 163-189.
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