Health and Health Care

107 - Health and Health Care: Workforce Training

Monday, July 16
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Empire Room-Lower Level

Jennifer Severance, PhD-Preparing Students and Residents for Collaborative Care for Older Adults Through Health Literacy Training
Nyann Biery, MS and Lynn Wilson, DO-Interdisciplinary Team-based-home visits for Older Adults
Nyann Biery, MS and Lynn Wilson, DO-An Interdisciplinary Team-Based Approach to Promoting Shared-Decision Making In Advance Care Planning
Jason Molony, AM-Creation and Implementation of a Healthy Aging Community Education Curriculum: A SHARE Network Project

The purpose of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement program (GWEP) is to develop a health care workforce that maximizes patient and family engagement and improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics and primary care. The GWEP provides the primary care workforce with the knowledge and skills to care for older adults by collaborating with community partners to address gaps in health care for older adults through individual, system, community, and population level changes. This program supports transforming clinical training environments by integrating geriatrics and primary care delivery systems to ensure trainees are well prepared to practice in and lead these kinds of systems. Additional foci of the program are to create and deliver community-based programs that provide patients, families, and caregivers with the knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes and quality of care for older adults, and provide Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias education to families, caregivers, direct care workers, and health professions students, faculty, and providers. This symposium highlights four GWEP projects that address the interprofessional education and training of the workforce in regards to health literacy, home visits for older adults with complex care needs, shared-decision making in advance care planning, and the development of a community-based Healthy Aging curriculum for older adults.

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Jennifer Severance, PhD

Assistant Professor
University of North Texas Health Science Center

Jennifer Severance, PhD is Assistant Professor and Director of Education and Research at the Center for Geriatrics, University of North Texas Health Science Center. As Program Director for a HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, she collaborates across interdisciplinary groups and academic, health, and community organizations to engage students and primary care professionals in improving older adult health and systems of care. She is involved in research projects as an Associate Fellow for UNTHSC’s Institute for Patient Safety and Fellow of the Texas Center for Health Disparities. Dr. Severance received her Bachelor’s degree from Austin College and doctorate in Applied Gerontology at the University of North Texas-Denton. She worked in long term care and non-profit services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A champion for healthy aging in the community, she serves on the Advisory Committee for Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition and on the Board for Sixty and Better, Inc. She serves on the Executive Council for the National Association for Geriatric Education, and previously on the Executive Committee for the National Council on Aging’s Institute of Senior Centers. She is a member of the American Society on Aging, American Geriatrics Society, and Gerontological Society of America.


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Nyann Biery, MS

Manager of Program Evaluation
Lehigh Valley Health Network

Manager of Program Evaluation at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and faculty member within the Family Medicine Residency Program, Nyann Biery is passionate about public health and education. Nyann received her Master of Science degree in epidemiology from University of California, Davis (UC, Davis). While in California, Nyann worked for the Department of Health Services in the Office of AIDS, Prevention Research and Evaluation, and was a teaching assistant at UC Davis. Currently, Nyann is the project manager and lead evaluator for the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), as well as the lead evaluator for the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grant-funded program at Lehigh Valley Health Network located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


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Lynn M. Wilson, DO

Section Chief of Geriatrics, Department of Family Medicine
Lehigh Valley Health Network

Program Director of the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), Lynn Wilson, D.O., has demonstrated her commitment to and passion for educating primary care clinicians on the importance of providing quality care to the geriatric population. Dr. Wilson obtained a broad primary care background through her board certification in osteopathic family medicine with additional fellowship training and expertise in geriatric primary care. Dr. Wilson remains focused on interdisciplinary education and resident curriculum development.


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Jason Molony, AM

Research Program Manager
University of Chicago Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Jason is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the South Side Healthy Aging Resource Experts (SHARE) Network. He has a graduate degree from the School of Service Administration at the University of Chicago, and an undergraduate degree from Hampshire College. He has extensive private sector technology and non-profit management experience, as well as expertise in community-focused solutions to aging in place, health education and outreach, and grant management.


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Joan Weiss, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN

Senior Advisor
Health Resources and Services Administration

Joan Weiss, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN is an adult and gerontological nurse practitioner who serves as the Senior Advisor in the Division of Medicine and Dentistry (DMD) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She is the primary advisor to the Director on geriatrics-related issues and all phases of management responsibilities for the DMD. Her experience in interprofessional practice and education spans 30 years. She is the Designated Federal Official for the Federal Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages. She is the HRSA representative on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HSS) Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Care, and Services, and HHS interagency workgroups on palliative care, elder justice, and caregiving. She advises on the development of performance measures for HRSA’s geriatrics education programs. She has served in many leadership positions at HRSA including Director of the Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education and Acting Director of the Division of Nursing. She is the recipient of the 2015 Secretary’s Meritorious Group Award, the 2011 University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award and numerous Public Health Service awards. She was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2013.


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