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About Us

About Us The Utah Geriatric Education Consortium (UGEC) was established in July, 2015 in order to improve long term healthcare through the education of the workforce providing associated services. This includes the health professionals attending the University of Utah and those providing long term care throughout Utah. A secondary purpose of the program is to increase understanding amongst the aforementioned groups and the community in general. UGEC was established in collaboration with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and is funded by the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) initiative, which focuses on improving primary care and dementia care of older adults. The University of Utah is the only recipient of a GWEP grant that is focusing on long term care. Community partners include Avalon Health Care and Mission Health Services facilities throughout Utah. Health Insight, a Quality Improvement Organization in Utah, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Utah are both included in the program development and administration. The UGEC includes physician programs, nursing programs, community programs and an Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) program.The main goal of the program is to create bidirectional integration of primary care into eldercare.

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Our Team

Linda Edelman

Project Director
Linda Edelman, PhD, RN
linda.edelman@nurs.utah.edu
801-585-9187

Rachael Hemmert

Program Manager
Nancy Nelson
nancy.nelson@nurs.utah.edu
801-581-3797

Jorie Butler

Evaluation Lead
Jorie Butler, PhD, RN
jorie.butler@psych.utah.edu
801-582-1565 Ext 1964

Mark Supiano

Patient Impact Co-Lead
Mark Supiano, MD
mark.supiano@utah.edu
801-581-2628

Nanci McLeskey

LTSS Workforce Co-Lead
Nanci McLeskey, DNP, MCG, MDiv, RN-BC, CHPN, FNGNA
Nanci.McLeskey@nurs.utah.edu

Kara Dassel

Community Programs Lead
Kara Dassel, PhD
kara.dassel@nurs.utah.edu
480-544-118

Cherie Brunker

LTSS Workforce Co-Lead
Cherie Brunker, MD
801-408-5356

Timothy Farrell

Interprofessional Education Lead
Timothy Farrell, MD, AGSF
801-581-2628

trent honda
Content Expert- Physician Assistant IPE
Leigh Elrod, PA-C
leigh.elrod@utah.edu

 

Rand Rupper

Content Expert- Community Programs
Rand Rupper, MD, MPH
801-584-2522

Nick Cox

Contact Expert- Pharmacy IPE
Nicholas Cox, PharmD
nicholas.cox@pharm.utah.edu

Troy Christian Andersen

Content Expert- Community Programs
Troy Christian Andersen, PhD, MSW, MS, LCSW
troy.andersen@hsc.utah.edu
801-587-5354

Valerie Flattes

Content Expert- Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program
Valerie Flattes, PhD
valerie.flattes@nurs.utah.edu
801-585-0719

D. James Ballard

Content Expert- Physical Therapy IPE
D. James Ballard, PT, DPT
jim.ballard@hsc.utah.edu
801-585-7341

Sue Chase-Cantarini,

Content Expert- Nursing IPE
Sue Chase-Cantarini, DNP
susan.chase@nurs.utah.edu
801-585-9642

Katherine Supiano

Content Expert- Community Programs
Katherine Supiano, PhD
katherine.supiano@hsc.utah.edu
801-581-2322

Tina McNulty

Content Expert- Occupational Therapy IPE
Jeanette Koski, OTD, OTR/L
jeanette.koski@hsc.utah.edu
801-585-9292

Gail Towsley

Content Expert- Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program
Gail Towsley, PhD
gail.towsley@nurs.utah.edu
801-585-9085

Katarina Felsted

Content Expert- Dentistry IPE
Lea Erickson, DDS, MSPH
lea.erickson@hsc.utah.edu
jane price

Instructional Designer
Jane Price, MA, MS
jane.price@nurs.utah.edu
Jacqueline Telonidis

Curriculum Coordinator
Jacqueline Telonidis
jacqueline.Telonidis@hsc.utah.edu

Lauren Chamberlain

Evaluation Assistant
Catherine Witt, MPH
catherine.witt@nurs.utah.edu

Harper Vander Hoek

Administrative Program Coordinator
Harper Vander Hoek
harper.vanderhoek@utah.edu