The Geriatric Scholars Program Team-Based Training for Indian Health Service to Improve Care for Elders (IHS-RITT)

The Geriatric Scholars Program provides on-site and virtual training for primary care teams working in Indian Health Service or Tribal Health Program clinics.  The training empowers all team members to recognize and communicate health and safety concerns during the primary care visit.  The content focuses on recognizing and assessing common geriatric syndromes, such as falls and changes in thinking, behavior and function.  The program is available as full-day or half-day options, accredited for 6.5 and 3.75 hours of CME/CEUs, respectively. For more information contact Josea.Kramer@va.gov at the Greater Los Angeles GRECC.




  • Primary Prevention
    • Control of diabetes and hypertension
    • Promote brain health
  • Secondary Prevention
    • Recognize signs and symptoms of undiagnosed dementia
    • Identify dementia using brief evidence-based assessment tools 
  • Tertiary Prevention
    • Home safety for persons with dementia
    • Caregiver education on non-pharmacologic management of challenging behaviors
    • Self care for caregivers


The program is co-facilitated by a geriatrician and an educator from a VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and UCLA Division of Geriatric Medicine


Rural-serving public health nurses, social workers, community health representatives, primary care team and others are invited to attend.


Contact Us

If you need more information or would like to host a workshop: 
Director: Josea Kramer, PhD
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System,
Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center
818-891-7711, ext.39311
Last modified: Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 11:59 AM