College of Public Health students graduating

Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional Geriatric Education Center (OVAR/GEC)

The Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional Geriatric Education Center was established October 1, 1985 to provide education and training opportunities for health professionals and other personnel in order to enhance the availability and the quality of health care for older adults. The OVAR/GEC is a member of the National Association of Geriatric Education Centers, a national geriatric education initiative funded by the USDHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Public Health Service, Bureau of Health Professions. OVAR/GEC is administratively based at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center under the direction of the College of Public Health and serves as a base for communication and program collaboration for a consortium of four universities in a three-state region. Our consortium members are:

Success Stories

“I have enjoyed working with you.  I feel it has helped me teach my nursing students better.  Yesterday I lectured on dementia, delirium, and the amnestic disorders.  I had a much better lecture because of OVAR.”
-Retiring faculty, Kentucky State University

“Week two of the Alzheimer’s clinic.  I really enjoyed working as part of an interdisciplinary team.  There is so much to think of and I felt working as a team, we were much more thorough and could better meet the family and patient needs and concerns.  I had a patient who recently had Alzheimer’s….  These encounters have so far been very beneficial to my understanding and management of Alzheimer’s disease.”
-Nurse Practitioner student, University of Cincinnati (OVAR consortium university)

“This was by far the best training of the day. Very useful information for direct service delivery. Great resources.”  and “Offer this at every conference. Thank you for presenting this workshop! Excellent presentation with content including related cultural data- attitudes, philosophy, mind, heart & soul of our farmers & their families. Speaker very knowledgeable.”
-Attendees at OVAR-sponsored Summer Series on Aging session