Education for Health Care Clinicians

Evidence-based virtual and on-site education that helps clinicians improve care

Available now

Virtual education

Online modules: Available to all health professionals and community-based organizations, these modules developed by CATCH-ON educate about normal aging, managing multiple chronic conditions, dementia and working with interprofessional geriatric health care teams as well as the 4Ms of an Age-Friendly Health System (What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility). A version of these modules, aimed at older adults and their families, is available in English and Spanish. Click here to complete the modules for health professionals.

CATCH-ON Learning Communities (LCs): These monthly one-hour videoconferences feature a clinician presenting a case relevant to that month’s geriatric primary care topic. A geriatric expert then provides a 20-minute lecture with specific behavioral recommendations that participants can use immediately, followed by the full group discussing application of the content. LCs require little time away from clinic duties and offer highly practical clinical guidance for all staff. If you’d like to bring LCs to your clinic, email or call (312) 942-0417.

Behavioral Pain Management (BPM) training: This non-pharmacological intervention helps minimize opioid use and pain-related distress by teaching health professionals how to help older adults manage their own pain. Two levels of training include a one-hour training for all levels of clinic staff to help them talk with and refer older adults, and a three-hour interactive workshop for mental health professionals on implementing the evidence-based intervention program. If you’d like to bring this training to your clinic, email or call (312) 942-0417.

Older adult patient engagement materials: Education and health behavior support for patients and families improves health outcomes and decreases health care costs. We invited a diverse group of older adults to help us understand the best ways to communicate about the 4Ms, and to help us design and test printed materials. CATCH-ON partnered with other GWEPs and Community Catalyst in this design to maximize diversity of input, as well as the utility for a broad range of older adults and families. The materials can be found here in English and Spanish. Please share these materials with your networks.

Online Modules

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On-site training

Active Listening for Direct Care Workers: Direct care workers — many of whom are family members — spend more time with older adults in the home than any other care clinician. Teaching them the best ways to listen and act on What Matters to the older adults they care for will improve the care they provide along with their communication to families and health care clinicians. If you’re interested in bringing this training to your agency, email or call (312) 942-0417.

Health Education About LGBT Elders (HEALE):

Health Education About LGBTQ Elders (HEALE): It has been widely recognized that the older LGBTQ population is at risk for increased health disparities and suffers from poorer health outcomes relative to their heterosexual counterparts.  Providing culturally appropriate care for older LGBTQ people means implementing best practices for that population.

Developed by CATCH-ON partner, Howard Brown Health, the essential series of six 60-minute modules provides foundational information beneficial for multiple disciplines including an introduction to the LGBTQ communities, and further addresses barriers to care experienced by older LGBTQ people, sexuality, legal and financial concerns, the aging transgender community, and HIV and aging.

In response to a growing imperative to address intersectional racial disparities in the aging LGBTQ community, curriculum developers at Howard Brown Health created a 60 minute module, module 7: LGBTQ Elders of Color, which focuses on their unique health concerns.

Most recently module 8, Primary Care Best Practices for LGBTQ Older Adults, was established to center evidence-based information and community informed skills needed to augment aging LGBTQ patient-centered care, and ensure that primary care providers have the opportunity to learn cultural humility and achieve best practice tools to improve health outcomes. If you’d like to bring HEALE to your clinic, please email or call (312) 942-0417.

Matter of Balance (MOB): This evidence-based, eight-session program, led by lay coaches, is designed to reduce older adults’ fear of falling and increase their Mobility. CATCH-ON is training coaches to deliver MOB classes in a number of our partner clinics’ communities. Click here to learn more about MOB.

Safe-Home Opioid Management Education (Safe-HOME): This literacy-tested training program provides education about the safe use of opioids and naloxone rescue medication. This training is currently available for care coordinators and direct care workers for use with older adults and their caregivers in the home. In the future, an online version of the Safe-HOME training will be available on the CATCH-ON website. If you’d like to bring Safe-HOME to your organization, email or call (312) 942-0417.

Classroom materials

Content to add to existing classes: CATCH-ON provides classroom-ready materials, based on the latest research, that instructors can use to add geriatric content and the Age-Friendly Health System framework to the existing curricula of medical, nursing and allied health schools, as well as health career training programs in community colleges and high schools. Click here to learn more.

Coming soon

Essentials of Older Adult Mental Health training: A three-hour training for primary care clinics and community-based organizations on the essentials of older adult mental health is aimed at increasing knowledge and detection of late-life mental health issues. If you’d like to bring this training to your clinic, email or call (312) 942-0417.

Online modules for mental health clinicians: CATCH-ON is developing a 15-hour curriculum to build foundational competencies in older adult mental health among mental health clinicians. Modules are being developed from now through 2021 and will go live in segments; email to be notified when they’re available.

Mini fellowships for mental health clinicians: Designed for generalist licensed mental health clinicians, these fellowships, offered in Chicago, will offer essential training in late-life mental health issues. Each will include two days of training appropriate for all clinicians, plus a discipline-specific day. Fellowship opportunities will begin in 2021. Email to be notified when applications are available.