Reba Cornman, MSW, became director of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research (GGEAR) Program in 1992. Under her leadership, the GGEAR Program has expanded its interprofessional training opportunities for professional degree students on this campus and around the state.
GGEAR partners with the Area Agencies on Aging; Area Health Education Centers; state and county public agencies; and multiple nonprofit organizations serving older adults throughout Maryland in providing both continuing education programs for licensed health care professionals as well as family caregivers and nursing assistants.
The Maryland Gerontological Association recognized Reba’s achievements in the field of gerontology by giving her its 2011 Achievement Award. She also has received awards from the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center and Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center for her contributions to interprofessional outreach education.
Under her leadership, GGEAR has received numerous awards for its contributions to the field of aging, including the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living for GGEAR’s medication management in assisted living web-based modules.
Her professional memberships include the Maryland Gerontological Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Geriatrics Society.
Her current board and advisory memberships include the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center Consortium (GGEAR has a subcontract with the GECC); the Copper Ridge Institute; Catholic University of America’s Center for Global Aging; the Beacon Institute; the Public Education Committee of the American Geriatrics Society; the Senior Services Committee for the Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation in Baltimore City; the Caregiver Task Force for the Baltimore City Commission on Aging and Retirement Education; and the Advisory Board for Neighborhoods for All Ages in Baltimore City.