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SIU Receives Geriatric Education Program Grant

October 09, 2015, Kate Astor

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)has awarded a Geriatric Education Program grant,to which SIU will receive funding as a partner agency. As a result, the School of Social Work,School of Medicine and Center for Rural Health and Social Services will receive $445,276 over the next three years as a partner subcontracted to work with rural geriatric education professional education.  The lead agency on this grant is Rush University in Chicago.  

Dr. Elaine Jurkowski, Professor in the School of Social Work, and Rush University Hospital initiated a partnership with the School of Social Work at SIU to bring a rural dimension to the project. In turn, Dr. Jurkowski recruited the School of Medicine and Center for Health and Social Service Development to participate in the partnership. 

This grantwill help SIUbuildaGeriatric Education Center downstate, and will also help promote SIU’sCertificate in Gerontology program. The project will also have scope for MSW social work interns to work at the Family Practice Residency program through SIU's School of Medicine. 

This is an exciting development and important partnership for SIU, and we all look forward to hearing about further developments.