Inter-professional Education in Aging for Law and Healthcare Students

The UMKC health professions schools (Nursing and Health Studies, Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy) along with the School of Law were recently awarded a national grant to work together to advocate for older adults.  This project team includes representatives from each of these schools, and involves three Consortium members:  Lyla Lindholm, Ann Marie Marciarille, and Joan McDowd.  The goal of the project is to promote empathy for older adults among student professionals who typically may not relate well to seniors.  Currently the team is developing a curriculum designed to get students comfortable with older adults, to listen to them, and to work together with other professions for the good of the older adult.  It is a 2-year project that will involve a total of 100 students, and is funded by the National Center for InterProfessional Education, the Josiah Macey Foundation, the Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.  The goal of this project is to develop a model program for training professionals to work with older adults.  

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