Working to Improve Older Georgians’ Health Outcomes
It’s an unfortunate truth that our state’s health system, and its workforce, aren’t prepared for the needs of our rapidly growing population of older Georgians. All five of our goals are focused on better preparing for these needs:
1. Improve Health Outcomes for Older Georgians
We’re developing partnerships between academia, primary healthcare systems, and community organizations to train our workforce. With well-built curricula, we believe Georgia’s workforce can be well-prepared to provide the type of care that will lead to better health outcomes for older adults.
2. Train Healthcare Professionals to Better Address the Primary Care Needs of Older Georgians
Our state has an opportunity to improve the care that older Georgians receive. We’re doing that by partnering with the Georgia Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment Collaborative to improve healthcare providers’ advance care planning competencies. We’re also supporting faculty development programs for physicians from historically underrepresented minorities, focusing on the personalized health advice component of the Annual Wellness Visit, and promoting better evaluation of the risk of opioid misuse to reach this goal.
3. Incorporate Value-Based Care into Clinical Training Environments
By sharing the principles of value-based care and alternate paying models in early clinical training, we can improve the care of older Georgians.
4. Deliver Community Education and Training Programs
Georgians all around the state—whether they are patients, family members, care partners, or direct care workers—can benefit from new knowledge and skills that can improve older adults' health results. We’re teaming with community partners to deliver courses designed to prevent falls, which are a big health challenge among older adults.
5. Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Training
We can make a meaningful impact on senior care by sharing how cognitive and behavioral impairments impact medical care. We hope to improve this aspect of care by supporting dementia-friendly communities, particularly faith-based communities in primarily African American congregations, recruiting older Georgians into research, and expanding nurse practitioner-led primary care models.