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WyGEC Launches Online Resource Center


June 11, 2008 — The Wyoming Geriatric Education Center (WyGEC) at the University of Wyoming has launched a Web site to provide information for health care practitioners, long-term care facility staff and caregivers.

The center's Online Resource Center, at www.uwyo.edu/geriatrics, offers training schedules, resource links and other information aimed at improving health care for older residents in Wyoming.

"The Online Resource Center is a clearinghouse for information about the issues of aging," WyGEC Director Deb Fleming says. "We are working to fill the site with useful information and links."

The WyGEC Web site also includes a library of podcasts on geriatric issues.

"Our primary goal is to serve health professionals and caregivers throughout the state, especially those in remote areas where travel to live training is a challenge," says Bob Wolverton, the center's instructional specialist.

WyGEC, sponsored by the UW College of Health Sciences' School of Pharmacy, was founded last year with funding from a three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration and additional funding from an endowment established by the John P. Ellbogen Foundation Excellence Fund for Geriatric Education.

The center's mission is to establish a solid foundation for quality geriatric education programs by training of health professionals, faculty, students and clinicians to meet the health care needs of older adults in Wyoming's rural areas.

For more information on WyGEC, call Wolverton at (307) 766-4350 or e-mail wygec@uwyo.edu.

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From left to right, Deb Fleming, Bob Wolverton and Angela Benson of the Wyoming Geriatric Education Center (WyGEC) review proposed content for the center's Web site, www.uwyo.edu/geriatrics. The WyGEC Online Resource Center provides information for Wyoming healthcare practitioners, long-term care facility staff and caregivers. (WyGEC Photo)

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