Established in 2017, the National Center for Equitable Care for Elders (NCECE) is a program of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, located in Boston, MA. NCECE is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through a National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement (NCA). You can learn more about NCAs on the HRSA website.
NCECE provides innovative and culturally competent models of care, interprofessional training and educational resources, and technical assistance to health care professionals in community health centers who provide care to an increasingly vulnerable population: older adults. Our NCECE faculty and staff, in collaboration with other NCA and PCA partners and external subject matter experts, seek to advance the discussion on older adult needs and emerging issues in our nation's health centers. These efforts are reflected in our training and technical assistance opportunities, publications and resources, monthly NCECE newsletter, and our social media outreach on Twitter and LinkedIn.
NCECE seeks to achieve three objectives: better health, better health care, and lower costs for older adult populations by establishing a rapid response model of multi-disciplinary service and providing training in cultural humility at every staff level to effectively engage diverse older adult patient populations.
To improve the health and wellbeing of older adults (65 years and older) by leading the efforts in training more geriatrics providers, improving integrated health care for chronic conditions and integrating enabling social services into health care delivery.
- To increase the number of older adult patients effectively served by health centers
- To decrease the percentage of older adult patients with uncontrolled type II diabetes
- To increase the number of health centers providing services or engaged in partnerships that address social determinants of health (SDOH), such as housing security, level of education, employment, access to transportation, and food security.