About Us


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Who We Are 

This educational project was developed as part of the goals of the Atlanta Regional Geriatric Education Center (ARGEC), one of the Geriatric Education Centers funded by the Bureau of Health Professions under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act[i].  The ARGEC is a partnership among Emory University (lead), Georgia State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Atlanta Regional Commission (serving as the Area Agency on Aging). 

In order to prepare an interprofessional health care work force, the ARGEC specifically focuses on the following professions:

  • Nurse Practitioners    
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Social Workers
However, content and resources are appropriate for other disciplines that serve older adults as well.
Please visit the ARGEC website for more information and resources:  http://www.aging.emory.edu/argec/

[i] This website was funded in part by Bureau of Health Professions, Health Research and Services Administration (HRSA) contract 1-UB4HP19215-01-00,  Atlanta Regional Geriatric Education Center (ARGEC) – Collaboration Allows for Enhanced Senior Care (COALESCE).  Dr. T. Johnson, Project Director, Emory University).  Dr. Nancy Kropf, Georgia State University, Site Project Director 7/1/10-6/30/15



As the number of older adults continues to increase, a primary goal of the ARGEC is to employ an interprofessional framework to create sustainable, outcome-targeted, innovative educational experiences for health care professionals, students, trainees and practitioners to effectively practice with older adults.

These infusion modules are designed to provide information and resources on topics relevant to healthcare providers who work with older adults and their families.  Content can be infused into education and training programs in universities, continuing education programs, and for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge about older adults.

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Site Project Director:   Nancy Kropf, Ph.D., LMSW  

Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Planning and Professor                                       

Andrew Young School of  Policy Studies 

Nancy P. Kropf, PhD, MSW is the Associate Dean in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and Professor of Social Work. Her area of study is older adults who are in caregiving roles, and she has been involved in practice and research with older parents of adult children with intellectual disabilities and psychiatric conditions.  In addition, she was a member of a multidisciplinary intervention with grandparents who are raising grandchildren.




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Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions

Pat Clark, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN is a Professor of Nursing in the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing & Health Professions and has a master’s in gerontological nursing. Her area of study is family caregivers of older adults with chronic illness.  She has been involved in several funded studies about caregivers of stroke survivors and persons with heart failure  including one testing a family partnership intervention to improve heart failure management. 




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Project Coordinator (2010 – 2013):   Dawn Aycock, Ph.D., RN, ANP-BC.

Assistant Professor                                                        

Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions 

Dr. Aycock is a registered nurse and adult health nurse practitioner with experience in medical-surgical nursing and assessment of Medicare patients with chronic illness. She has spent the majority of her career involved in clinical and nursing research, coordinating analgesic clinical trials and studies investigating family caregivers of stroke survivors, Alzheimer’s disease education, women with migraines, and mothers of low-birth weight infants. Dr. Aycock’s current research focuses on helping individuals improve their understanding of stroke and promoting healthy behaviors to reduce stroke risk. As the project coordinator for the GSU ARGEC, Dr. Aycock helped develop the education modules and the transitions in care toolkit.