About

Our Mission

To promote, disseminate and implement the key principles of Age Friendly Healthcare for our health system and community partners

Our Vision

To create a robust community of aging-care professionals collaborating to promote the principles of healthy aging and competent interprofessional geriatric care in order to improve outcomes

Our Initiatives

State-of-the-art education for healthcare professionals and community members in caring for aging adults

Support for healthcare professionals and aging adults in the practice of age-friendly care

Community-based resources for persons living with Dementia

What Is SETxGWEP?

The success of our society over the last 100 years in doubling life expectancies has made concerns and questions around healthy aging common to all of us. Growing older is now an undeniable part of the human experience. How do we prepare our healthcare systems and communities to address the needs and concerns of the rapidly growing population of aging adults and their caregivers? How do we promote the best quality of life to enjoy the benefits of the longevity we each hope to enjoy?

The South East Texas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (SETxGWEP), was funded in 2019 by the United States’ Health Resources Services Administration to prepare the Southeast Texas region with the training and resources to address the specific concerns of aging adults and their caregivers. Through the SETxGWEP, health professionals have supplemented their clinical practice with state of the art training on age-friendly practice integrated into care settings that serve older adults, student learners have been prepared with age-friendly education to identify and address the unique care considerations of the fastest growing segment of American healthcare consumers, and of older adults, family caregivers and have been served with critical resources to understand and engage in their healthcare. As part of a broad national network of Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Programs, the SETxGWEP improves the health and well-being of all Americans through a focus on the health systems and communities that support aging Americans.

Program Leadership

Aanand Naik, MD

Aanand Naik, MD

Program Co-Director
Angela Catic, MD

Angela Catic, MD

Program Co-Director
Lea Kiefer, MPH

Lea Kiefer, MPH

Program Manager
Kathryn Agarwal, MD

Kathryn Agarwal, MD

Associate Director of Clinical Integration
Ali-Asghar Ali, MD

Ali-Asghar Ali, MD

Associate Director for Alzheimer’s Dementia and Related Dementias
Katie Scott, MPH

Katie Scott, MPH

Associate Director for Community Engagement
Sabrina Pickens, PhD, GNP, ANP

Sabrina Pickens, PhD, GNP, ANP

Site Director, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Brian Reed, MD

Brian Reed, MD

Site Director, University of Houston
Kristen Wade, MSN, RN, CMPE

Kristen Wade, MSN, RN, CMPE

Associate Director for Performance Measures

Sponsor

Primary Care Partners

Academic Partners

Community Partners

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