About Us

Program Description

Collaborative Action Team training for Community Health — Older adult Network (CATCH-ON)

Mission: To unify academic, health, and community organizations and resources to prepare a geriatric collaborative practice-ready health workforce optimizing health while serving and improving person-centered health and wellness outcomes inside the walls of the clinic and into the community.

CATCH-ON has been awarded the prestigious $3.75 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant to continue to improve health outcomes for older adults by educating a healthcare workforce that maximizes older adult and family engagement; and by developing primary care clinics and their communities into evidence-based Age-Friendly Health Communities. Please click here for the full press release.

About Us


  1. Educate and train the primary care and geriatrics workforce to care for older adults in integrated geriatrics and primary care.
  2. Partner with community-based organizations to address gaps in healthcare for older adults, promote age-friendly health systems and dementia-friendly communities, and address the social determinants of health.


Principal Investigators

Robyn Golden, LCSW

Erin Emery-Tiburcio, PhD, ABPP

Program Manager

Michelle Newman, MPH


  • Addus HomeCare
  • AllianceChicago
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Catholic Charities
  • Cherokee Health Systems
  • Cook County Health
  • Coordinated Care Alliance
  • Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
  • Howard Brown Health
  • Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
  • Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • Illinois Cognitive Resources Network
  • Illinois Department on Aging
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Mt. Sinai-New York
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • National Association of Community Health Centers
  • National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Northwestern University
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Shawnee Alliance
  • Shawnee Health Service
  • Southern Illinois University Family Medicine
  • St. Louis University
  • Thresholds
  • University of California – San Francisco
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Wyoming

CATCH-ON National Advisory Board

The CATCH-ON National Advisory Board provides expert interprofessional guidance for all elements of the program.

John Beilenson, MA, Strategic Communications and Planning

Susan Breakwell, DNP, APHN-BC, Marquette University

Audrey Chun, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Mark Earnest, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Gregory Hinrichsen, PhD, ABPP, The Mount Sinai Hospital

Donald Jurivich, DO, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Kathleen Kelly, MPA, Family Caregiver Alliance and the National Center on Caregiving

David Lindeman, PhD, Center for Technology and Aging

Sandy Markwood, MA, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Carol Regan, MPH,  Community Catalyst

Kezia Scales, PhD, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute

Febe Wallace, MD,  Cherokee Health Systems

Nancy Wilson, MA, LCSW, Baylor College of Medicine

Amy York, BA,  Eldercare Workforce Alliance