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Geriatric Leadership Scholar Program

The Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) provides the opportunity for early to mid-stage career faculty each year to be selected from colleges and universities across Missouri to participate in the Geriatric Leadership Scholars Program.

This GWEP initiative is aimed at developing faculty who have the skills to teach and assess students and conduct research key to improving future care for older adults. To develop faculty with expertise in geriatrics and gerontology, the Geriatric Leadership Scholars Program provides support for three health care faculty to enhance their geriatric knowledge and skills.  Scholars participate in and lead GWEP education events.

 Each of the Scholars are paired with a Gateway GEC Faculty Mentor who works with the Scholar throughout the year to address teaching, research, and program development issues.

2018-2019 Geriatric Leadership Scholar Program

The 2018-2019 Geriatric Leadership Scholars include:

Debra L. Blessing
Debra Blessing

Debbie Blessing has served as the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Project Coordinator for our partner A.T. Still University's Area Health Education Centers Program (ATSUAHEC) for the past three years. As a Geriatric Leadership Scholar Debbie will work to transform the current Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (iCST) course to make it interprofessional at both ATSU and Truman State University. Dr. Max Zubatsky, Ph.D., LMFT, will serve as mentor to Debbie during her scholar year.


Whitney A. Postman, Ph.D., CCC/SLP
Whitney Postman

Dr. Whitney Postman has been working with the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) and in partnership with CareSTL Health (formerly Myrtle Hilliard David Comprehensive Health Center), establishing a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) group of elderly African American clients with cognitive-communicative decline. Dr. Marla Berg-Weger will be Dr. Postman's mentor during her Geriatric Leadership Scholar year.


Selena E. Washington, Ph.D., MSPH, OTR/L
Selena Washington

Selena E. Washington, Ph.D., MSPH, OTR/L
Dr. Washington is an assistant professor at Saint Louis University and specifically instructs in the Occupational Therapy with Aging Adults and the Adult Physical Dysfunction courses in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Her goal for the Geriatric Leadership Scholars Program is to develop a model that incorporates community and home safety education, fall prevention training, and caregiver education in a primary care setting. Dr. Helen Lach,  professor in the Saint Louis University School of Nursing, will mentor Dr. Washington during her Scholar year.


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GWEP Acknowledgment/Disclaimer

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28716 Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program for $843,079. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Este proyecto es apoyado por la Administración de Recursos y Servicios de Salud (HRSA) del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS) de Estados Unidos bajo el número de concesión Programa de Mejoramiento de la Fuerza Laboral U1QHP28716 Geriatría de 843.079 dólares. Esta información o contenido y las conclusiones son las del autor y no deben interpretarse como la posición o la política del funcionario, ni debe inferirse cualquier endoso por HRSA, el HHS o del Gobierno de Estados Unidos.