UA Geriatrician Receives Award to Improve Health Outcomes of Seriously Ill Elders

Monday, July 24, 2017

UA Center on Aging member Monica Vandivort, MD, will use a $50,000 start-up grant from the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AzAHEC) for a clinical research initiative to improve health outcomes of seriously ill elders in Sierra Vista.

Titled, “A Community Paramedicine-Primary Care Partnership in Rural Cochise County Pilot Project to Improve Health Outcomes of Seriously Ill Elders,” the grant involves a multidisciplinary, collaborative effort among multiple health-care organizations in Greater Sierra Vista, Ariz., including the Banner – University Medical Group Physician Offices, Banner University House Calls Program, Canyon Vista Medical Center and the Sierra Vista Fire Department’s Community Paramedicine C.A.R.E. Program.

Additional components of the project include interprofessional education for emergency medicine service providers and medical assistants in area primary care offices about chronic health issues, community resources and strategies to enhance integration of these care entities who all work with  this same group of highly complex elderly patients.

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