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Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center

The goal of Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) is to improve the health of older Veterans through the development of innovative research, clinical and educational initiatives. We focus our training efforts on translating existing and new geriatrics knowledge and skills into clinical practice at the local, regional and national levels. These efforts build on the substantial geriatrics educational and training activities at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center and leverage important resources from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

An Age-Friendly Health System participant

Age-Friendly Health Systems is a movement of hundreds of health care facilities committed to ensuring that all older adults receive evidence-based care. This means that EC GRECC is working towards reliable practice of evidence-based interventions for all older adults in their care known as the 4Ms (4Ms: What Matters, Medications, Mentation, Mobility).

Specifically, Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center is working in our Tele-Dementia / Geriatric Clinic and our Tele-Palliative Care Clinic to ensure they are Age-Friendly. In the coming months we will demonstrate the steps we have taken to become an Age-Friendly Health System.

Leadership Team

Wendy M. Kohrt, PhD - Acting Director

Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT PhD - Acting Associate Director for Research

Kathryn Nearing, PhD, MA - Associate Director Education and Evaluation and Founder, Coordinator and Facilitator of the Older Veteran Engagement Team

Lauren Abbate, MD PhD - Associate Director Clinical

Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, PhD - Associate Director Informatics

Eric Qualls - Administrative Officer
720-788-6733
alfred.qualls@va.gov

Norma Rogers - Administrative Support Assistant
Norma.Rogers@va.gov

Clinical Core

Eastern Colorado GRECC is a hub of clinical innovation committed to creating systems of support for Veterans as they age and across the continuum of care, regardless of geography. The Eastern Colorado GRECC participates in national clinical dissemination projects, including GRECC Connect and Gerofit.

Learn more about our clinical programs.

Two clinical programs of note are:

Gerofit

Optimizing Mobility

Education Core

The Eastern Colorado GRECC focuses its training efforts on translating existing and new geriatrics knowledge and skills into clinical practice at the local, regional and national levels. These efforts build on the substantial geriatrics educational and training activities at the Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC and leverage important resources from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 

Learn more about our Education core.

Educational Opportunities

Veteran Community Partnership (VCP)

Access to Care Rounds

Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds

Older Veteran Engagement Team

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Joe Huggins joe.huggins@va.gov

Research Core

The research foci of Eastern Colorado GRECC are:

  1. Consequences and Treatments of Obesity in Older Adults; and
  2. Gender Differences in Health (focusing on women’s health)

These are both areas of significant existing research interest, resources, strengths, and achievements within the CU-SOM Division of Geriatric Medicine. These areas are of consequence due to the increasing number of female Veterans and greater understanding of the multiple functional, metabolic and cognitive risks of obesity. However, they have received only modest attention to date from existing GRECCs.

In 2010, the VA Women’s Health Services Research Conference identified complex chronic conditions, aging, and long-term care as a focus area for defining the future direction of VA women’s health research and its potential impact on practice and policy. Research priorities identified under this initiative included advancing the understanding of aging issues of women Veterans in such areas as menopause, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, and heart failure.

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