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Department of Medicine

Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program


About the Program


Health outcomes of older adults can be improved by a collaborative healthcare workforce. We intend to promote age-friendly health systems, create dementia-friendly communities, and address the social determinants of health for older adults.

To advance these models and address gaps in older adult healthcare, we have assembled the Southeast Texas Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (SETx-GWEP) comprising of community-based organizations, several academic institutions, and primary care health systems.


Program Leadership


Aanand Naik, M.D.: Program Co-Director
Angela Catic, M.D.: Program Co-Director
Lea Kiefer, MPH: Program Manager
Kathryn Agarwal, M.D.: Associate Director of Clinical Integration
Ali-Asghar Ali, M.D.: Associate Director for Alzheimer’s Dementia and Related Dementias
Jane Bavineau, BSW: Associate Director for Community Engagement
Katie Scotts, MPH: BakerRipley Site Director for the GWEP
Sabrina Pickens, Ph.D., GNP, ANP: GWEP Associate Director for University of Texas
Brian Reed, M.D.: GWEP Associate Director for University of Texas
Kristen Wade, MSN, RN, CMPE: Associate Director for Performance Measures


Program Administrative Core


Julie Aikin, BS: Data Reporting and MIPS Monitoring Team Analyst 
Amy Amspoker, Ph.D.: Methodologist
Kyler Godwin, Ph.D.: Lead Evaluator
Joshua Hamer, Ph.D.: Evaluation Team Core Member
Nichole LeBlanc-Butler: Program Coordinator
Jasmine Lindo, MS: Program Coordinator
Mahveen Sohail, M.D.: Care Transitions Faculty Member
Annette Walder, MS: Data Manager