Volume 39, Number 3                                             Fall 2016
Planned Gift to Further AGHE's Mission
James (Jim) E. McKenney, was born Feb. 28, 1920 in Sanford, ME and was the son of William and Mary LaFlamme McKenney. He "rode the rails" across the US and hitchhiked around many states before enlisting in the United States Navy before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He saw anti-submarine action in the North Atlantic and participated in five major invasions in North Africa, Italy (Sicily, Salerno, Anzio), and in southern France. After his discharge from the United States Navy in 1945, he joined the United States Merchant Marines. While serving as a Merchant Mariner, he was able to visit most countries that bordered the North and South Atlantic seas.

Jim was a typical Mainer, uh yuh! Marilyn Gugliucci first met him in 1992; when the death of his wife "broke" his heart. Jim had no family nearby and he asked Marilyn to be his health care power of attorney. Jim made his planned giving gift to AGHE in 2008, during Marilyn's term as AGHE president. Although Jim planned to live to be 100, he died as he wished at the age of 94, comfortably in the super insulated home he designed. He donated his body to the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Anatomy Department.  Ever the educator and learner, Jim is now posthumously part of the AGHE family.

More information about AGHE planned giving options is available here
What Works!
Marketing Gerontology Programs and Courses in Social Work and other Academic Programs

Kristina Hash
Professor and Director, Gerontology Certificate Program
West Virginia University
Heather Marshall
Director, Gero-Ed Center/Manager, Education and Member Engagement
Council on Social Work Education
Nancy Hooyman
Professor and Dean Emeritus
University of Washington
A challenge that continually faces social work and other academic programs is how to best market programs of gerontology and aging courses. The efforts of the Council on Social Work Education National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education (Gero-Ed Center), the Social Work Leadership Institute, and the John A. Hartford Foundation over the past 15 years provided resources and strategies for social work programs to infuse aging competencies and content into courses, promote geriatric-focused field experiences, and develop curricular structures such as certificates and specializations in aging. Faculty and schools involved in these initiatives now look to sustain their efforts and continue to grow programming that prepares students with competencies to work effectively with older adults and their families.

The authors conducted a roundtable at the 2015 CSWE Annual Program Meeting to explore the issue of marketing gerontological social work education. Specifically, the session focused on how to best conceptualize and name programs and courses in order to recruit students in social work and related disciplines. The AGHE Gerontology Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, the Geriatric Social Work Competency Scale II, as well as descriptions of gerontological social work courses and programs were disseminated to participants.

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What Works! is a column of AGHE's Academic Program Development Committee.  
Annual Meeting Update
Kelly Fitzgerald, PhD, MPA
Senior Scientist & Adjunct Graduate Faculty
Western Kentucky University

AGHE's 43rd Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference is fast approaching (March 9-12, 2017 with Pre-conference Tour on March 8 in Miami, Florida) and registration is now open! The meeting program has some exciting events that we would like to highlight. 
The Opening Plenary will feature a conversation with the Honorable Josefina Carbonell and Dr. Martha Pelaez. Carbonell served as the third Assistant Secretary for Aging at the Administration on Aging (AoA), appointed by President Bush in 2001 and served in the position until 2009. She is currently the Senior Vice President of Long-term Care & Nutrition at Independent Living Systems and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Aging. Pelaez is a founder and consultant for Network Development and Operations at Florida Health Networks, LLC and leads the Health Foundation of South Florida, Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative (HARC). She was previously the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Regional Advisor on Aging and Health. 
The Closing Plenary, titled "Pitching to the Global Longevity Economy - Planning for the Global Business of Aging" will feature Brittany C.S. Weinberg, Aging 2.0. The rapid aging of the world's population brings unprecedented and important changes in the global economic environment creating unique opportunities and challenges for businesses worldwide. Gerontological educators are uniquely positioned to take advantage of these challenges and opportunities because they can create multiple opportunities to introduce business issues related to corporate and public policy in their gerontological  curriculum and career options for their students.
New this year for students: The AGHE Lounge will be a popular place for students to meet, recoup, plan session attendance, and partake in student committee offerings. Please make sure you stop by and check it out! Also, don't forget to attend the popular and informative  Mentoring with AGHE Fellows session and check out the various Sigma Phi Omega (SPO) sessions including the SPO Awards and Business Meeting.
A half day tour has been specially organized for conference attendees (March  8 - one day prior to the start of the conference). Participants will learn about aging services and programs by visiting local aging organizations. This is a great opportunity to network with aging professionals and older adults who use aging services. More details to follow. 
Lastly, please consider reaching out to your gerontology-supporting networks for sponsorship for the 2017 Annual Meeting. Sponsorship is an opportunity for organizations to gain additional visibility and exposure. Encourage individuals and organizations in your network to sponsor an event at the 43rd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference. Have interested parties contact Angela Baker for details at abaker@aghe.org.  
Learn more about registration and view the preliminary program. Don't forget to register by January 20, 2017 to receive the early bird rate! See you in Miami!
Teaching & Learning Resources
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Judith Howe, PhD, Editor-in-Chief

Volume 37, Issue 4, 2016
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Exploring Skills-Based Competencies Through Geriatric Care Management Modules
Author: Alex W. Costley

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Geriatric Education
Project ECHO: An Innovative Teaching Tool

Catherine Carrico, PhD 
Assistant Clinical Professor; Associate Director 
Wyoming Center on Aging 
University of Wyoming 
A revolution is occurring in the delivery of continuing education to healthcare professionals. The objective of Project ECHO (Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes), based at the University of New Mexico, is to create a virtual community of practice through which practitioners build expertise of a certain condition through regular consultation with a specialty team as well as a network of colleagues ( http://echo.unm.edu/about-echo/ ). Project ECHO was created by Sanjeev Arora, MD in an effort to address a significant shortage of physicians trained to treat Hepatitis C in New Mexico. Through weekly case consultation and didactic presentations, Dr. Arora and an interprofessional team co-manage complex patients among rural providers. Outcomes from the Hepatitis C ECHO reveal that treatment response rates were as successful for ECHO-trained providers as for those receiving care at an academic medical institution (Aurora et al., 2011). Currently, the model has been replicated for more than 45 conditions through 90 expert hub teams in 15 countries and counting.
The ECHO model is particularly impactful in rural and frontier areas, where access to specialized care is often scarce and typically requires travel to medical centers many hours away. Severe weather events, geographically isolated communities, and the financial burden of travel all influence one's access to healthcare. Clinically speaking, access to geriatric specialists is particularly challenging. Many areas face a shortage of geriatric specialists in most healthcare disciplines, especially in rural areas. An expanding number of geriatric ECHO clinics hope to improve access to specialists in geriatrics, while increasing competency of practicing healthcare professionals in remote areas.

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Geriatric Education is a column of AGHE's Geriatric Education Committee. 
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