Resource Center Poster Session I

Outcomes from the first Stanford Geriatric Education Center Faculty Development Program in Ethnogeriatrics (SGEC-FDPE) Cohort: Experience of Infusing Ethnogeriatric Content into Health Professions Curricula
Tuesday, March 12, 2013: 12:00 PM - 07:30 PM, OAK, East Hall
The Stanford Geriatric Education Center’s Faculty Development Program in Ethonogeriatrics (SGEC- FDPE) was funded by a USDHHS, Bureau of Health Professions GEC grant (No. UB4HP19049). The intensive 12-month 160-Hour SGEC-FDPE provides an innovative hybrid experience using a train-the-trainer approach.  The program focuses on ethnogeriatric teaching strategies, curriculum development, and addressing the needs of diverse older adults.  Program assessment strategies are incorporated throughout the year using validated evaluation tools.  The competitive application process, accepted an inaugural interprofessional cohort of six trainees from four disciplines: medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work.  Each trainee represented a different academic or medical institution in the states of California, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, and Washington. In addition trainees worked with an SGEC core faculty mentor to develop a capstone project that incorporates ethnogeriatric principles and tools for health professions curricula, continuing education, and patient care strategies.  During the 12-month program, the cohort implemented ethnogeriatric teaching strategies and activities at their respective institutions. 

 This poster presentation highlights innovations and specific SGEC tools incorporated at each institution.  Examples of innovations include: incorporating an ethnogeriatric assessment (Cohort Analysis) into a social work gerontology course to increase family communication and awareness of health risks; developing culturally specific interpreter scenario’s to strengthen nursing students’ competence in communicating with culturally and linguistically diverse older adults; using a cultural self-assessment survey in a geriatric pharmacotherapy course to increase awareness of  different health belief systems related to medication use; creating a continuing education program for registered nurses that highlights health literacy communication strategies for culturally diverse older adults; implementing a professional development session for pharmacy faculty and preceptors to improve communication strategies when working with low health literacy patients; developing culturally appropriate health information to increase awareness of depression in Vietnamese Americans. 

After piloting the projects at each institution, the faculty reported positive outcomes related to feasibility of incorporating ethnogeriatric strategies and principles into their teaching.  In addition, several reported changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of participants toward diverse older adults after the SGEC-FDPE activities.  The results of implementing the activities have not been fully evaluated at each institution, but based on the preliminary results the interventions have the potential to be used as a model for other institutions.  Future research should focus on measuring the impact of these innovative methodologies on the curriculum, students, healthcare professionals and impact on the care of culturally diverse older adults.

  • Outcomes from first SGEC FDPE Cohort_Final.pdf (1.7 MB)
  • Outcomes from first SGEC FDPE Cohort_Abstract.pdf (195.7 kB)
  • Presentation Information:

    Program: Poster Presentations (Main Conference)
    Primary Category: Cultural Competence Training
    Subtopics: Health professions school programs, Curricula development, Assessing learning/performance on cultural competence/disparity reduction

    Region Addressed by Presentation: National
    Organization: Health Professions School


    Sally Ellis Fletcher, PhD, RN , Office of Clinical Nurse Research / Nursing Services, North Kansas City Hospital, North Kansas City, MO
      Clinical Nurse Researcher
      North Kansas City Hospital
      Office of Clinical Nurse Research / Nursing Services
      2800 Clay Edwards Drive
      North Kansas City MO, USA 64116

      Phone: 816-550-7694
      Email Address:

      Biographical Sketch:
      This poster reflects the work of six health care professionals who were trainees in the Stanford Geriatric Education Centerís Faculty Development Program in Ethnogeriatrics (SGEC-FDPE). Combined these providers have over 80 years of working with populations from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds. All presenters are or have been educators, hold or have practiced in their respective disciplines, and have together completed the SGEC FDPE year-long program under the leadership of the programís director and assistant director who also collaborated on this poster.

    Chanel F. Agness, PharmD, BCPS, CGP , Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
      Assistant Professor
      University of Maryland
      Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
      20 North Pine Street
      Room 523 North
      Baltimore MD, USA 21201

      Phone: (410) 706.5535
      Email Address:

    Penelope J. Moore, DSW, ACSW, LCSW-R , Social Work Department, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
      Chair, Social Work Department
      Iona College
      Social Work Department
      715 North Avenue
      New Rochelle NY, USA 10804

      Phone: 914-633-2118
      Email Address:

    Kisha O'Neal Gant, B.S., Pharm.D., BCACP , Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
      Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
      Xavier University of Louisiana
      Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences
      1 Drexel Drive
      New Orleans LA, USA 70125

      Phone: 504-520-5249
      Email Address:

    Thuan Ong, MD, MPH , Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
      University of Washington
      Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Harborview Medical Center
      325 9th Ave
      Box 359755
      Seattle WA, USA 98104

      Phone: (206) 744-9187
      Email Address:

    Karen Anne Wolf, PhD, APRN-BC, DPNAP , School of Nursing, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA
      Professor & Faculty Development Coordinator
      Samuel Merritt University
      School of Nursing
      3100 Summitt Street
      3rd Floor
      Oakland CA, USA 94609

      Phone: (510)-869-6511, 4854
      Email Address:

    Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, PhD, ABPP , Stanford Geriatric Education Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
      Director, Stanford Geriatric Education Center and Professor of Research, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
      Stanford University School of Medicine
      Stanford Geriatric Education Center
      1215 Welch Road
      Mod B. (MC 5403)
      Stanford CA, USA 94305

      Phone: 650 400 8172
      Email Address:

    Nancy Hikoyeda, DrPH, MPH , Stanford Geriatric Education Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
      Associate Director Stanford Geriatric Education Center
      Stanford University School of Medicine
      Stanford Geriatric Education Center
      1215 Welch Rd.
      Modular B. (MC 5403)
      Stanford CA, USA 94305-5403

      Phone: (408) 251-3736
      Email Address: