Purpose and Need
This program was developed to:
- transform clinical training environmentsfor health care professionals and caregivers
- increase the number of these professionals and caregivers inTarrant County and the surrounding rural counties, and
- meet the needs of older adults at individual, community, and population levels.
WE HAIL accomplishes this by creating quality educational training for the primary care workforce and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.
The recruitment and retaining of qualified Geriatric Healthcare Professionals is key to development of a highly trained workforce prepared to care for the growing number of older adults.
- In Tarrant County (TC), adults 65 years and over are projected to increase by more than 26% from 2013 to 2018 (See Chart Below).
- By 2018, individuals 65 and over will make up nearly 12% of the total population compared to almost 10% in 2013.
- This increase is compounded by the fact that most people in this age group by 2030 will need to manage more than 1 chronic condition.
- Across the region, access to care due to provider shortage and capacity was highlighted as a core issue in TC in the JPS Community Health Needs Assessment.
- Data from HRSA show Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Tarrant and surrounding rural Counties.
Caregivers play an important role in meeting the needs of older adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD).
- Currently, an estimated 20,000 people in TC suffer from ADRD.
- According to the last census data, the number of TC residents suffering from ADRD increased 35.3% as compared to the statewide increase of 26% from 2000 to 2010.
- It is further projected that the statewide prevalence of ADRD will increase by 21% by 2020 and 48% by 2025.
- The role of caregiving often negatively impacts the caregiver physically, emotionally and financially.
- According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System caregiver survey, dementia caregivers are twice as likely as non-dementia caregivers to indicate the greatest difficulty of caregiving is that it creates or exacerbates their own health issues.
Therefore, due to the reasons presented above, the Workforce Enhancement Healthy Aging and Independent Living (WE HAIL) program was created to break down silos in the area of health for older adults in TC and surrounding rural areas served by the collaborating organizations.
This page was last modified on March 23, 2018