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Elder LGBT Interprofessional Collaborative Care Program

Columbia Nursing is leading a project to eliminate health disparities in the LGBT population in New York City. As the project director of the newly established Elder LGBT Interprofessional Care Program (e-linc), Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, MPH, director, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program,  secured a $1.5 million cooperative agreement from Health Resources and Service Administration to help address common medical and mental health needs of the aging LGBT adult population.  E-linc is a program of Columbia's LGBT Health Initiative. Walter Bockting, PhD,  is co-director of the Initiative and also e-linc's associate director.

In partnership with SAGE, Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders, interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) teams that include nurse practitioners, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists will provide culturally competent care to LGBT older adults in New York City. One goal of the project is to train a new generation of nurses to collaborate with other health professionals in providing appropriate care to LGBT people across the lifespan.


Services Available


  • Health E-living series. Learn how to stay healthy and improve your health through interactive, fun and informational workshops.
  • Home visits. The e-linc team can provide assessments to make sure homes are safe from hazards as well as provide other support services.
  • Care coordination. The team's nurse practitioners and social workers work with clients to ensure they get the services they need.
  • Patient navigators. Team members available to attend medical appointments and help clients stay connected with their health care team.
  • Primary Medical Care. Referrals to LGBT-friendly providers throughtout New York City including Columbia University Medical Center.
  • Mental Health Care. e-linc offers mental health care services at the Lucy Wicks clinic at Columbia University Medical Center.

How to enroll

Contact the e-linc at 212-305-0838 or email Or, speak to a SAGE care manager at 212-305-0838.