Better Caregiving, Better Lives: The John A. Hartford Foundation Story Contest

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and we’re seeking stories from family caregivers and health care providers that illustrate the strategies and solutions caregivers are using to effectively and gracefully care for older adults. Submit your story, brief video, or photo essay by Jan. 15, 2015 to be considered for the top prize of $3,000!


Touched By a Hartford Grant? You are a Change AGEnt!

The Hartford Change AGEnts initiative is harnessing the collective strengths and expertise of Hartford grantees, scholars, and other health system leaders to create change in the practice environment to improve the health of older adults, their families, and communities.


What’s On Health AGEnda?

Read our Health AGEnda blog, updated twice weekly, for thoughtful analysis, commentary, and news about our work and what’s happening in the field of aging and health.


2013 Annual Report: Spreading Innovation Through Collaboration

Our latest Annual Report celebrates the John A. Hartford Foundation’s long track record of pooling resources, talents, and expertise by collaborating with other foundations, government agencies, organizations, and individuals who share our vision and goals.


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If you are a scholar in geriatric medicine, nursing, and social work who has been supported by Hartford, a curent or past grantee, or worked with any of our projects at any time, you are a Hartford Change AGEnt and we want to support you! Join the Change AGEnts community and work with us to accelerate practice change that improves the health of older adults. For all the latest information, visit

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Search for President

The John A. Hartford Foundation invites applications and nominations for the position of President of the Foundation. The President serves as the chief executive officer of the Foundation and reports to the Board of Trustees. S/he is responsible for implementation of the Board’s policy decisions and supervising the financial, grantmaking, and administrative activities of the Foundation to provide strategic focus and direction to the Foundation’s mission to improve the health care of older adults.  

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Better Caregiving, Better Lives: The 2014-15 John A. Hartford Foundation Story Contest is an effort to support work the Foundation is engaged in to help family caregivers, writes Marcus Escobedo. We are seeking stories from both health care providers and family caregivers that illustrate how spouses and partners, children, friends, and other unpaid “family” members effectively and gracefully care for older adults who need assistance with daily activities or medical care. Continue reading

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The John A. Hartford Foundation Communications & Dissemination Initiative: Building Your Bandwidth for Better Communication  

Effective communication is essential if we hope to achieve our common goal of improving the health of older adults. We must clearly articulate the problems and special needs of older people in our health care system to focus the attention of policy makers, health system leaders, and the general public. We must translate the scientific and technical language of the promising solutions our grantees have created into comprehensible and implementable ideas.

This is why the John A. Hartford Foundation has invested in our Communications and Dissemination Initiative, and why we are sharing some of the resources and tools we have developed with our network of grantees and friends.

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Spreading Innovation Through Collaboration: 2013 Annual Report  

The John A. Hartford Foundation has a long track record of collaborating with other foundations, levels of government, organizations, and individuals who share our vision and goals. These partnerships are a two-way street that benefit and extend the reach of all concerned. By pooling resources, talents, and expertise, we create a path for our mission that is more lasting and sustainable. This 2013 Annual Report celebrates these very partnerships by focusing on how the Foundation is "Spreading Innovation Through Collaboration."

Since 2000, the Hartford Foundation has authorized grants totaling $398.3 million to improve the health of older adults. Our partners—currently 104 academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and other philanthropies who work closely and diligently with us to help improve the health of older adults—have allowed us to leverage and magnify our funding investments to far greater effect than they ever could have achieved on their own. In fact, during the past 14 years, our partnerships have amplified the Foundation’s $398 million investment in older adult health to nearly $2 billion in funding for other related projects—a 500 percent return on investment.

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