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The primary goal of the ARGEC is to employ an interdisciplinary framework to create sustainable, outcome-targeted, innovative educational experiences for health care professionals, students, trainees and practitioners in the 10-county Atlanta region.

Interdisciplinary health profession foci:

  • Physicians (MD),
  • Nurse Practitioners (MSN, DNP),
  • Registered Nurses (RN),
  • Social Workers (MSW/LCSW),
  • Physician Assistant’s (PA-C). 

All interprofessional educational materials developed by ARGEC-affiliated faculty and delivered by the ARGEC framework will address aspects of care from at least the professions listed above. Professions within Allied Health, Rehab Medicine (OT/PT), Audiology & Speech Pathology, among others are also often represented and cited in ARGEC programming.

ARGEC Objectives

We set out to augment and/or introduce new geriatric content in the curriculum design of the nursing programs at Emory and GA State, the PA program of Emory, the Social Work program of GA State, and the Medical Schools of Emory and Morehouse. Our program also includes educational partnership and outreach to health professionals practicing in the community without academic affiliation via the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) network. In addition to ARC linkages, the ARGEC has direct access to the Grady Health System, a 900-bed safety-net hospital located in downtown Atlanta which provides indigent care for uninsured and underinsured residents of Fulton and DeKalb counties.

By incorporating the Grady network into ARGEC training activities, we not only increase exposure of trainees to populations with notable health disparities but also increase geriatric care and services to minority and low-income older adults seeking care. Our activities and accomplishments to date have spanned across consortium members, disciplines, and audiences. We look forward to continuing our established educational activates and to implementing several new programs in the next year