The DEER Program is a proud partner on the Sanford Center for Aging’s ICECAP Nevada Initiative, a Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
In the United States, there is approximately one geriatrician for every 10,000 older adults. While growing this number is surely a priority, in the meantime we must educate our primary care professionals and direct-care workers to adequately serve older adults and people living with dementia. This education is the central purpose of ICECAP Nevada, and the DEER Program serves as the primary ICECAP partner for provider-oriented dementia education.
Two different programs are currently offered on a regular basis:
Project ECHO: Designed as a virtual continuing education option for medical providers, this Project ECHO educational series, Setting the Stage for Person-Centered Dementia Care, highlights issues of importance in serving patients who are living with dementia. DEER Program Director, Dr. Carson, serves as a member of the Project ECHO hub team, engaging cohorts of primary care practices in a 7-week exploration of person-directed dementia care strategies and approaches using real cases submitted by participating providers.
Bravo Zulu: Developed by DEER Program Director, Dr. Carson, in partnership with the Nevada Department of Veterans Services and the Perry Foundation, Bravo Zulu: Achieving Excellence in Relationship-Centered Dementia Care is a comprehensive, interactive, 12-hour dementia education program designed for professional and family care partners.