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Hartford Institute’s National Education Initiative, “Primary Care for Older Adults” --50,000 Advanced Practice Nurses Receive Free Online Resources

November 4, 2013
N-105, 2013-14

PCOA aims to build the capacity of the health care workforce in interprofessional, geriatric primary care.

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) at New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) this month announced the pilot release of their new e-Learning Primary Care for Older Adults (PCOA) clinical training modules (

The 12-module initiative is designed to prepare the primary care workforce to meet the unique healthcare needs of older adults. Over 50,000 Advanced Practice nurses, primary care physicians, and other health care professionals will have access to these evidence-based, online resources, which teach interprofessional standards of care for chronic disease management and geriatric syndromes.

“Nurses have been providing care to vulnerable and medically underserved populations through Nurse Managed Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers since the 1960s,” said Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Director of the Hartford Institute and the project’s PI. “The primary care setting is the hub for not only the management of chronic disease, but also the prevention of avoidable function loss.

PCOA is part of a larger HIGN mission to prepare the interprofessional health care workforce to provide accessible, coordinated and collaborative primary care for the growing aging population. The project is a collaboration between HIGN, the Consortium of NY Geriatric Education Centers, and the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC), a nation-wide network of Nurse Managed Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

“Primary care settings can also play a big role in the coordination of care as people move in and out of different healthcare settings with their changing needs,” said Dr. Cortes. “These resources will help nurses provide patient/family-centered and evidence-based care that is responsive to the particular needs of older adults.”

HIGN will also be rolling out a PCOA group webpage on, where advanced practice nurses in primary care will have an opportunity to collaborate virtually to enhance their knowledge and skills, while also accessing tools to help them care for the growing population of older adults in primary care. Participants will also have the opportunity to obtain free Nursing Continuing Education.

Other HIGN federally-funded initiatives include a new Post-Master’s Certificate in Advanced Practice Nursing: Geriatrics (Interprofessional Primary Care and Multiple Chronic Conditions), and the development of an innovative model of collaborative, coordinated care involving professionals and students of nursing, pharmacy, and social work joining forces to improve interprofessional care and medication management for frail elderly patients living in the community.

For more information, visit, or contact HIGN at

The PCOA project is supported by funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration, the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education (DPHIE), under grant number D62HP24188 "Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program" for $809,978. The information or content, and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as an endorsement of or the official position or policy of the U.S. Government, DHHS, BHPR or the DPHIE funded by a HRSA CGEP Grant (D62HP24188).

About Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing:

HIGN seeks to shape the quality of health care that older Americans receive by promoting the highest level of interprofessional geriatric competency to all those who deliver care. By raising the standards of older adult care, HIGN aims to ensure that people age in comfort and with dignity. Its initiatives include education, practice, research, and policy. For more information, visit

About New York University College of Nursing:

NYU College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing education, research, and practice. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs, a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Research Theory and Development, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. For more information, visit

About The Consortium of NY Geriatric Education Centers:

The Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers (CNYGEC) offers specialized training in geriatrics and geriatric mental health is essential to meet the health care and educational demands of the growing population of elders. The CNYGEC pursues the objectives set forth by HRSA through a multi- faceted, competency-based clinically oriented training initiative, drawing on the alliances of our CNYGEC partners, geared to interprofessional training of health professionals, students,and faculty throughout New York State.  We train health care professionals in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of acute, chronic and life threatening  diseases, disabilities and other health problems of older New Yorkers.

About The National Nursing Centers Consortium:

The National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC), the national member organization for nurse-managed health centers, and an affiliate of Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), works to advance nurse-led health care through policy, consultation, programs and applied research to reduce health disparities and meet people's primary care and wellness needs. Nurse-managed health centers are community-based practices led by advanced practice nurses (primarily nurse practitioners). The nation's nurse-managed health centers reduce health disparities by providing high quality comprehensive primary health care, health promotion, and disease prevention services to millions of uninsured, under-insured and vulnerable patients in rural, urban, and suburban communities. For more information on NNCC, visit

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College of Nursing, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

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Press Contact: Christopher James | (212) 998-6876

NYUCN Hartford Initiative, “Primary Care for Older Adults” --50K Advanced Practice Nurses Receive Free Online Resources

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