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February 2011 Volume 5, Number 2

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging

News and Events

5th Annual CoA Research Retreat - February 22-23, 2011

Please plan on attending the 5th Annual Center on Aging Research Retreat, February 22-23, 2011, in the Spencer F. & Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building.

The retreat begins on Tuesday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall, with a reception, poster presentations, and presentations by the 2010 pilot grant recipients from 4:15-5:15 p.m.  A detailed schedule of these presentations can be downloaded from the CoA home page at

Wednesday's symposium, to be held in HSEB's Room 1750, is titled "Geriatric Patient-centered Medical Home & Transitions of Care," and will feature two keynote speakers:  Steven Counsell, MD, and Robyn Golden, LCSW.  The presentation schedule is as follows:

  • 8-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:15 a.m. Steven Counsell, MD: "GRACE: An Evidence-Based PCMH and Transitional Care Model"
  • 9:15-10:00 a.m. Robyn Golden, MSW: "The Enhanced Discharge Planning Program: A Social Work Model for Transitional Care"
  • 10-10:15 a.m. Break
  • 10:15-10:45 a.m. Cherie Brunker, MD: "Providing Tools for the Medical Home: The Role of Care Management Plus"
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. Les Lenert, MD, MS: "The Role of Technology in Supporting Aging in Place"
  • 11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion

The symposium will also be available via a live webstream link, It will be archived and available on the CoA website for future viewing.  Please refer to the CoA home page for additional information.

2011 Pilot Grant Call for Proposals

The Center's call for proposals, with detailed application information, can be downloaded from the Center's home page,  The application deadline is March 28, 2011.

Utah Geriatrics Education Program Awarded 2011 National CME Alliance Award

The Advancing Geriatrics through Quality Improvement (AGE QI) project was presented the 2011 Award for Outstanding Continuing Medical Education (CME) Outcomes Assessment at the annual CME Alliance Meeting held in San Francisco last month. AGE QI has been funded by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The AGE QI team: Mark Supiano, MD, Cherie Brunker, MD, Charlene Weir, PhD, RN, Nanci McLeskey, MCG, MDiv, BC-RN, FNGNA, and Denise Brooks, MS, worked with clinics throughout Utah and Idaho, educating clinic staff on geriatric assessment, and assisting clinics in completing quality improvement projects.  Thirty-three clinics were enrolled in the educational intervention that resulted in demonstrable changes in provider behavior and improvements in geriatric care.  Overall, 82% of clinics completed QI projects with a total of 128 providers and 252 staff participating.

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