University of California Launches Elder Care Initiative
The University of California on Tuesday launched a $12 million effort to create six new endowed geriatric medicine faculty chairs at six different campuses, the Chico Enterprise-Record reports. The effort -- funded by both public and private sources, including $2 million from the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation and $1.5 million from the Archstone Foundation -- will focus on recruiting and retaining faculty clinicians who are knowledgeable in elder care, promoting progressive training methods and providing geriatrics education and research best practices throughout the UC system. The new faculty chairs will be funded at UC-Berkeley and the UC medical schools at Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. California has the largest population of elderly people in the United States, with roughly 3.3 million residents ages 65 or older, according to UC officials (Maitre, Chico Enterprise-Record, 10/1).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.