Improving the Care of Elders through Community and Academic Partnerships (ICECAP) is an interprofessional geriatrics education network that offers training and resources for primary care teams and family caregivers. The multiple clinical and community partners include Northern Nevada Medical Center, NV Aging and Disability Services Division, NV Department of Veterans Services and Dementia Friendly Nevada.
In 2019, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Sanford Center for Aging received a five-year, $3.2 million federal grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's Geriatrics
Workforce Enhancement Program, to provide primary care professionals training and other resources to assist with addressing the complex needs of older Nevadans.
Through funding from the grant, the Sanford Center for Aging launched ICECAP Nevada to benefit Nevada's growing aging population. The objectives are:
- Develop partnerships among academic, clinical service sites and community-based organizations
- Train current and future providers to assess and address the primary care needs of older adults
- Transform clinical training environments/Age-Friendly
- Deliver community-based programs/train unlicensed community members
- Provide trainings on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) for providers and community members/support Dementia Friendly Communities
ICECAP Nevada includes the following educational opportunities:
The Sanford Geriatrics Specialty Care Clinic provides an interprofessional comprehensive geriatrics assessment. The clinic team includes a medical assistant, medical provider, pharmacist and social worker, all who focus in the care of older adults. The team also includes the patient and care partner(s). Clinical experiences are offered for health professions trainees interested in geriatrics. These experiences include viewing a recording of a mock assessment, observing an assessment or participating in a rotation with the clinic team.
Certificate in Interprofessional Geriatrics Care
This is an 18-hour hybrid program combining recorded content and interactive Zoom sessions. The program consists of eleven topics offered approximately every two weeks between September and April. Topics include: Orientation to Geriatric Care, Screening, Patient-centered Care Plan, High-risk Medications, Mobility, Depression, Vascular health, Dementia and Caregiving.
The certificate program is for health professions students, case managers, front office staff, medical assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, social workers and other team members.
For more information about ICECAP Nevada, contact the NGEC team at NGEC@unr.edu.
This project is offered with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under grant U1QHP33111, Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.