Leadership, Inside and Out: The Tideswell-AGS-ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Mar;67(3):437-442. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15702. Epub 2019 Jan 3.


Background/objectives: To optimize health and well-being for all older people, we must collectively develop leaders to pioneer models of care, educate the healthcare workforce, advance research, and engage the community.

Methods: The Emerging Leaders in Aging (ELIA) program was created to train a multiprofessional cadre of leaders focused on the health and well-being of older people. ELIA uses the social change curricular framework and addresses knowledge of self, community, and engagement with change. Program impact measured included scholar satisfaction, confidence related to curricular domains before and after the program, project progress, and scholar productivity.

Results: Four cohorts of 65 scholars in seven health professions from 24 states were selected for the year-long 55-hour program. Overall satisfaction from members of the first three cohorts who have completed the program (n = 46) was 4.86 (scale = 1-5), and scholar confidence increased from 5.8 to 8.0 (scale = 1-9) (p < .001). These scholars reported 85 presentations, 63 publications, and 21 awards subsequent to training. All scholars described the importance of a program focused on early and mid-career leaders in health and aging.

Discussion: The ELIA program leverages longitudinal, distance mentor communities, and project-based learning strategies. It has improved confidence and skills in emerging leaders who commit their efforts toward the care of older persons. Programs like ELIA are critical to preparing a healthcare workforce to optimize care for all as our health needs and expectations change with age. J Am Geriatr Soc 67:437-442, 2019.

Keywords: aging; education; leadership.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aging*
  • Curriculum
  • Educational Status
  • Geriatrics* / education
  • Geriatrics* / methods
  • Health Services for the Aged / standards*
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Models, Organizational
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Improvement / organization & administration
  • Staff Development* / methods
  • Staff Development* / organization & administration
  • United States