About Us

About Us

UNT Health Science Center’s Center for Geriatrics was awarded a  $2.55M grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in July 2015 to establish a Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) and to develop or enhance programs focused on improving health outcomes for older adults by incorporating geriatrics with primary care, maximizing patient and family engagement, and transforming the healthcare system. UNTHSC’s Center for Geriatrics was the only GWEP funded program in Texas, and one of only 44 awardees in the nation.

Under the leadership of Dr. Janice Knebl, Chief, UNTHSC Center for Geriatrics in the Institute for Healthy Aging, Endowed Chair in Clinical Geriatrics, UNTHSC’s Center for Geriatrics expanded unique partnerships with JPS Health Network, Texas Christian University (TCU), and the United Way’s Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County (AAATC) to create the Workforce Enhancement for Healthy Aging and Independent Living (WE HAIL) Program.

Dr. Knebl is the principal investigator for this program, Dr. Elizabeth Carter, Chair of JPS Health Network’s Family Medicine Department and Dr. Diane Hawley, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, TCU Harris College of Nursing as the co-investigators. Don Smith, the Vice President of Community Development and the Director at United Way’s Area Agency on Aging, brings together several community based agencies as collaborating partners with UNT Health Science Center.

This program was developed to transform clinical training environments for health care professionals and caregivers in order to increase the number of these professionals and caregivers in Tarrant County and the surrounding rural counties. By doing this, we can work together to meet the needs of older adults at individual, community, and population levels.


Focus for Training:


Based on United Way’s Area Agency on Aging (AAATC)’s community assessment, WE HAIL identified the following focus areas for developing and enhancing training for healthcare professionals, health care students, and caregivers:

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WE HAIL offers training opportunities in Tarrant County and surrounding rural counties, and promotes interprofessional team work by engaging the following groups:

  • Undergraduate And Graduate Students
  • Family Medicine Residents
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Caregivers
  • Physician Assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Nutritionists

This page was last modified on March 23, 2018