Three WVGEC abstracts were selected for presentation at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education's 39th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Charlotte Nath, RN, EdD, CDE will present a poster entitled, “Provider Training in Health Literacy: Change Strategies and Outcome Assessment.” The Health Literacy team – Dr. Nath, Dr. Mary Emmett, PhD, Sara Jane Gainor, MBA, and Nancy Daugherty, WVGEC Associate Director – is slated to present a 90-minute symposium on WVGEC’s Health Literacy Training for Health Professionals, now in its eighth year. Symposium participants will be able to discuss effective change strategies to address limited health literacy and the ways in which distal outcomes of training can be assessed.

The Health Literacy Training has gradually evolved to better meet the needs of West Virginia’s health professionals and practitioners. Targeted initially to faculty at the state’s health professions schools, it became clear that key health literacy concepts such as choosing and using print materials, the adult learner, and communication strategies appealed to a wider audience. Physicians, social workers, educators, and nursing home administrators attended last year’s training. Registration is now open for the 2013 Health Literacy Training being held February 7-8 at the Bridgeport Conference Center in Bridgeport, WV.

David P. Elliott PharmD, WVGEC Interim Director is presenting a resource sharing session about the history and design of our Advanced GEriatric Skills (AGES) training. The AGES training increases the geriatrics competency of health professionals who care for and/or work with older adults and covers the major geriatric syndromes, psychosocial and ethical issues and interprofessional models of care.