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) under the National Training and Technical Assistance Partners (NTTAP) designation. NTTAPs are funded by HRSA to provide free Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) to support existing and potential health center grantees and look-alikes. Learn more about HRSA's commitment to funding on HRSA's Strategic Partners webpage. Additional information on NTTAPs is available on HRSA's NTTAP webpage.
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 NTTAP 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 e-newsletter, and our social media outreach on Facebook, 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 well-being 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