With the senior population in the U.S. expected to double by 2060, the need for faculty with expertise in geriatrics—to train the next generation of healthcare providers—becomes more and more urgent.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has identified Concordia’s Travis Suss, PharmD, as a faculty member worthy of specialized, grant-funded training in this area.

Last month, HRSA announced Suss, an assistant professor in Concordia’s School of Pharmacy, as one of 26 recipients of the Geriatrics Academic Career Award (GACA). Suss beat out more than 33 other qualified applicants nationwide and was one of two pharmacists in the history of the program to receive the award.

The total $294,455 grant will be released in annual increments through 2023. Through the awards program, Suss will receive ongoing professional development to further himself as a leader in academic geriatrics. The grant also supports an initiative started in spring 2018 by an interprofessional team from Concordia, in cooperation with Fresh Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County, that aims to better help seniors live safely within their homes.

It’s not the first time Suss has been recognized for his emergence as a leader in the geriatric field. Over the summer, Suss was announced as one of 15 medical professionals nationwide to participate in the Emerging Leaders in Aging Program. An effort of Tideswell at UCSF, AGS, and ADGAP, the elite program augments and leverages existing leadership skills for clinical, research, policy, and education initiatives among the aging demographic.

Learn more about Concordia’s School of Pharmacy at www.cuw.edu/pharmacy.

This publication was 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 $294,455. The contents are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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