BRIDGE Program


Brooklyn Initiative To Develop Geriatrics Education (BRIDGE) - funded by the Health and Human Services (HRSA) Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)

In 2019, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA), awarded a 5-year, grant to SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University (SDHSU), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, to prepare physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team to provide comprehensive, integrated physical and mental health services for older adults. This model service and training initiative will be led by clinical and education experts in primary care, geriatric psychiatry and medicine, and nursing. Through intensive community partnerships and the development and implementation of innovative clinical, educational, and community programming, the BRIDGE program will strive to attain the overall goal of leveraging the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program to permanently and sustainably transform the healthcare workforce and community in Brooklyn, New York to be Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly.

The BRIDGE Program is composed of SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University (SDHSU) (the College of Nursing (CON), the Department of Medicine (DOM), the Department of Psychiatry, the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, the School of Public Health (SOPH) and the School of Health Professions (SOHP), two primary care delivery systems in Brooklyn: NYC Health + Hospitals Kings County (NYCHHKC), the Brownsville Multi-service (BMS) Family Health Center; and a large community-based organization: the Fort Greene Council, Inc (FGC), which consists of 13 Brooklyn’s Department for the Aging-funded senior centers.

Our Goal

Permanently and sustainably transform the healthcare workforce and community in Brooklyn, New York to be Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly.

Our Principal Objectives

Note: This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3.75 million with zero percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

BRIDGE Event Schedule

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BRIDGE Partners


BRIDGE Logic Model

BRIDGE Project Organizational Chart

Newsletters / Postcards

2020 BRIDGE Holiday Card