United Way of Tarrant County is focused on improving Tarrant County. Our LIVE WELL initiative features programs and services for adults with ongoing health concerns. United Way also houses the Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County, which focuses on older adults and people with disabilities. Adults age 60 and up are the fastest growing population in Tarrant County. By partnering together with local organizations, United Way is able to bring awareness to the health needs of this growing segment. One of the most noted geriatricians in the country, Dr. Janice Knebl, DO, MBA, Chief of Geriatrics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, gave an overview of the Workforce Education for Healthy Aging and Independent Living (WE HAIL) program to the Fort Worth City Council March 22. WE HAIL is working to improve health care for the area’s growing older adult population by integrating geriatric training into academic programs for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. Dr. Knebl credited the roles played by United Way of Tarrant County and other partners multiples times during the presentation. WE HAIL is an example of the great work that results when United Way and its Area Agency on Aging partner with UNTHSC and others to serve the community by providing local solutions with a lasting impact. The WE HAIL program received the only grant in Texas, with 41 competing applications. Dr. Knebl stressed that the program is needed because residents in Tarrant County are living longer and need support services. She said she hopes that Tarrant County becomes the best place to get older.
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