About H-GEC

The Houston Geriatric Education Center (H-GEC) is funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant was initially funded in 2007 with renewed funding for five years beginning in 2010. (Grant #UB4HP19058).

The goal of the H-GEC is to provide faculty, students, and practicing healthcare providers with the knowledge and skill to sustain and create healthier communities for vulnerable older people.

The H-GEC has established a collaborative partnership in geriatric education and training with faculty in:

The interdisciplinary faculty designs and develops curriculum and educates healthcare students, providers, and faculty and community service providers, such as adult protection staff, local police and sheriff departments, financial planners, elder law attorneys, and voluntary ombudsmen, on the care of vulnerable elders.

Education and training opportunities are offered through:

Education and training topics may include:

Faculty and Staff

Carmel B. Dyer, MD
Principal Investigator
UTHealth Medical School
Carmel Dyer MD
Vaunette Fay, PhD, RN
Co-Investigator
UTHealth School of Nursing
Vaunette Fay, PhD, RN
David V. Flores, PhD, LMSW, MPH, CPH
Co-Investigator
UTHealth Medical School
David Flores, PhD
Nahid Rianon, MD, DrPH
Co-Investigator
UTHealth Medical School
Nahid Rianon, MD, DrPH
June Sadowsky, DDS, MPH
Co-Investigator
UTHealth School of Dentistry
June Sadowsky, DDS, MPH
Donna Warren-Morris, RDH, MEd
Co-Investigator
UTHealth School of Dentistry
Donna Warren-Morris

Carolyn J. DaSilva, PT, DSc, NCS
Consultant
Texas Woman’s University, School of Physical Therapy
Gayle I. Hersch, PhD, OTR
Consultant
Texas Woman’s University, School of Occupational Therapy
Nancy D. Ordonez, PharmD, BCPS
Consultant
Assistant Dean for Experiential Programs
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Kathleen Pace Murphy, PhD, MS, GNP-BC
H-GEC Grant Coordinator
UTHealth Medical School
Kathleen Pace Murphy, PhD
Jessica Hunt, BS
Research Assistant
UTHealth
Beth Ardoin Watson, BA, MEd
UTHealth
Organizational Learning Technology Resources
Beth D. Watson, MEd

H-GEC Community Partners

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
TEAM (Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment) Institute
Harris County Medical Examiners Office and EFFORT (Elder Abuse Fatality Review Team)
Houston Financial Abuse Specialist Team (H-FAST)
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program