Outcomes of Academic-Based Geriatric Emergency Preparedness and Response (GEPR) Training for Medicine, Health, and Behavioral Professions
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The progression of evaluation approaches shifting from counting training activities to measuring outcomes from evidence-based training is documented for six U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration-funded Geriatric Education Centers that have collaborated on geriatric emergency preparedness and response (GEPR) training and evaluation initiatives. The Kirkpatrick’s chain of impact evaluation model is used as the framework for describing modalities and outcomes at the reaction, learning, behavior, and results levels. The chapter provides examples of GEPR Collaborative training programs and resources that provide insight into evaluation approaches and their impact on the healthcare workforce, changes in geriatric/gerontological services, the ability to leverage support, development, and use of new resources and the provision of care for older persons. Outcomes are described that lead to lessons learned and recommendations for enhancing evaluation efforts. The importance of legislative and policy directives are explored relative to the creation of a national standard for culturally proficient preparedness and response to “all-hazards” disaster and governmental and community resilience as 17 million people with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) steadily grow with the aging baby boomer generation. In addition, the next generations and populations with culture-based survival and safety needs are aging as well. A case is made for using multimodal evaluation strategies to create standardized tools to measure GEPR training outcomes to meet Healthy People 2020 objectives and to strengthen preparedness and response skills of healthcare provider networks and populations of older adults from diverse communities across the nation.
KeywordsEvaluation Preparedness Geriatrics/gerontology Disaster Policies/standards
The GEPR Collaborative deeply appreciates the support from staff members of the six HRSA-funded GECs especially those who assisted with the evaluation process for every training on GEPR that were provided over the 10-year period covered in this chapter. Managing, analyzing, and summarizing a variety of databases require special skills, meticulous attention to details, patience, and a spirit of collaboration with the leadership of each Collaborative member. The assistance from Jennifer Griffith, M.A. (CNYGEC), Kathy Leonard (Gateway GEC), Andrew Pritchard, MPH, CCPH (UNE-MGEC), Gerard R. Barber, Ph.D. (OVARGEC), Marian Tzuang, MSW, Kala Mahendra, Ph.D. (SGEC), and Sandy Kay Tyson, Ph.D. (TCGEC) are invaluable to the success of putting together the training outcomes. It helped form a coherent and cohesive approach to share the multilayered stories of keeping diverse populations of older adults and their families safe, resilient, and prepared for major emergencies/disasters. Last but not least, thank you to the thousands of training participants who patiently completed the evaluation surveys and provided substantive feedback. The GEPR Collaborative used them to improve training curricula, develop need-based resources for preparedness, and keep a steady commitment to meet the challenges of educating IP healthcare and social service providers/responders.
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