Based at the University of Rhode Island, RIGEC brings together partners from three Rhode Island institutions of higher education, a community-owned healthcare organization, a community outreach and education program, and a community-base, all-inclusive primary care and in-home care agency. Our consortium members include:
RIGEC is one of 45 geriatric education centers across the country funded through a cooperative agreement (No. UB4HP19208-03-03) with the USDHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Under the direction of Dr. Phillip G. Clark, RIGEC has had federal funding since 1996.
Projects supported under Geriatric Education Center (GEC) cooperative agreements must address five core statutory purposes:
- Improve the training of health professionals in geriatrics,
- Develop and disseminate curricula relating to the treatment of the health problems of elderly individuals,
- Support training and retraining of faculty to provide instruction in geriatrics,
- Support continuing education of health professionals who provide geriatric care, and
- Provide students with clinical training in geriatrics in nursing homes, chronic and acute disease hospitals, ambulatory care centers, and senior centers.