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Unt Health Science Center. June 7, 2019.


The Geriatric Practice Leadership Institute (GPLI) prepares interdisciplinary teams of early and mid-career healthcare professionals to become clinical leaders in their organizations using the Age-Friendly Health Systems 4Ms Framework.

Applications for the 2021 cohort have closed. Check back in the Fall to apply for the GPLI 2022 cycle! Click here to view past GPLI accomplishments and team projects. 

Gpliicon Strength-based leadership, organizational change, and Age-Friendly focused curriculum
Gpliicon Flexible, 100% online, and self-paced
Gpliicon Free Continuing Education Credits available
Gpliicon FREE! Program fees sponsored through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the 2021 year


According to the US Census Bureau, the US population aged 65+ years is expected to nearly double over the next 30 years, from 43.1 million in 2012 to an estimated 83.7 million in 2050. In addition, almost 80% of older adults are facing at least one chronic disease, and 77% have at least two. Given the increase in population, coupled with complexity of care, older adults are at a higher risk of health-care related harm due to increased healthcare utilization. These factors have left our health systems behind as they struggle to reliably provide evidence-based practice to every older adult at every care interaction.

Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), in partnership with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). The goal of the initiative is to rapidly spread the 4Ms Framework to 20% of US hospitals and medical practices by 2020.

Age-Friendly Health Systems aim to:

  • Follow an essential set of evidence-based practices; 
  • Cause no harm; and
  • Align with What Matters to the older adult and their family caregivers.

4ms Descriptions

Adapted from aha.org/agefriendly. 


The GPLI Program provides participants with skills, knowledge, and attitudes to improve patient care for older adults by incorporating the Age-Friendly Health Systems 4Ms Framework. Benefits to participants at an individual, organizational, and community level include:

  • Expand your leadership knowledge and skills for greater impact in the organization and community
  • Learn how to deliver evidence-based practices into existing care and resources by integrating the 4Ms Framework 
  • Develop a business plan that will show the three financial benefits from implementing Age-Friendly Care: 1) avoid costs associated with poor-quality care; 2) deliver care in a more cost-effective manner; and 3) enhance revenues from higher-quality care
  • Implement a quality improvement project at your organization, with training from highly respected faculty/practitioners in geriatric healthcare and leadership
  • Prepare your organization to be recognized as Age-Friendly Health Systems - Committed to Care Excellence and/or Participants
  • Discover ways to promote 4Ms Framework and Age-Friendly principles within your community to achieve improved health outcomes for all



  • The GPLI Program is a team-based, 10-month institute taking place January - October. 
  • Each team will be assigned a Coach for the duration of the program, offering professional support and guidance throughout the project development and implementation process
  • Teams will develop and implement a quality improvement (QI) project, focusing on at least one of the Age-Friendly Health Systems 4Ms - What Matters, Medications, Mentation, Mobility
  • QI projects must address at least one of the following MIPS or MIPS-like measures for patient outcomes:
    • Dementia Caregiver Education & Support
    • Evaluation/Interview - Risk of Opioid Misuse
    • Care Planning
    • Use of High-Risk Medications in the Elderly
    • Screening for Future Fall Risk
  •  Participants will complete 5 online sessions and associated assignments, in addition to a QI project, and a final project presentation



  • Teams must represent a Hospital, Post Acute Care, or Ambulatory/Primary Care site that provides care for older adults. GPLI is targeted towards early to mid-level healthcare professionals.
  • Each team is comprised of 4-6 health professionals within their organization, and have at least one member with geriatrics experience. Team members must email their CV or Resume to geriatrics@unthsc.edu upon completion of application.
  • Sponsor/organization support for participation and project implementation.
  • Identify one of the 4Ms your project will focus on - What Matters, Medications, Mentation, or Mobility.
  • Determine which MIPS or MIPS-like measure(s) for patient outcomes your QI project will address:
    • Dementia Caregiver Education & Support
    • Evaluation/Interview - Risk of Opioid Misuse
    • Care Planning
    • Use of High-Risk Medications in the Elderly
    • Screening for Future Fall Risk
  • Complete an online application (to be completed by one person on behalf of the team)



  • Applications will open in Fall 2021
  • Deadline to submit by November 30, 2021 5:00 PM (Central)
  • Admission decisions will be communicated to all applicants on or before December 15, 2021
  • Institute start date: January 2022



Thomas Fairchild, PhD – GPLI Course Director

Ericka Yeager, MHA – GPLI Program Coordinator


Click here to view the Continuing Education Accreditation Statement.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28735. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This page was last modified on June 22, 2021