Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center

55 Lower College Road, Quinn Hall 100 Kingston, RI 02881

rigec@etal.uri.edu – (401)-874-5311

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Based out of the URI program in Gerontology, RIGEC is a consortium of partnerss established in 1996 one of 45 federal geriatric education centers (GECs) dedicated solely to providing interprofessional geriatrics education and training to heath care practitioners and direct services workers, medical trainees, health professions students and academic faculty.

Over the past 18 years, RIGEC has  delivered hundreds of interdisciplinary focused workshops, lectures, and clinical training programs providing over 4000 individuals across our state with specialized knowledge and skills needed to care for older persons.

In July 2015, RIGEC was one of 44 organizations in 29 states awarded a grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to implement the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP).   The GWEP aims to further improve health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics into primary care delivery systems and engaging patients, families, and caregivers.


Goals and Objectives:

Working along side our collaborating partners, RIGEC aims to develop a comprehensive interprofessional geriatrics education model for patient-centered practice in primary care educational and clinical settings across the state.  RI-GWEP iniatives will:


health professionals who can assess and address

the unique needs of older adults and their families.


 interprofessional geriatrics education into

Rhode Island’s healthcare delivery system.


health professions students and trainees to practice

in and lead integrated geriatrics care settings.


patients, families and caregivers with knowledge essential

for maintenance of health and management of disease.


Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders education

to health professionals, consumers and student/trainees.

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