Health AGEnda

Congratulations to AGS and its Award Winners!

AGS-logo-300pEach year, staff of The John A. Hartford Foundation look forward to May and the annual scientific meeting of long-time grantee and partner, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). This year’s meeting in Long Beach, CA will once again offer us the chance to showcase the work of grantees, learn about the latest advances in aging and health research, meet with colleagues in the field, and celebrate those who have made important contributions to improving care for older adults.

We offer congratulations for another outstanding meeting to AGS President Steven R. Counsell, MD, director of The John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine at Indiana University; 2016 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting Chair, Heather Whitson, MD, MHS, of Duke University who is a Beeson Scholar; and AGS CEO Nancy Lundebjerg, who has been instrumental in long-running Foundation projects such as the Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative as well as new grants including the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative and the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program National Coordinating Center.

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When the Person in Person-Centered Care Is Your Mother

Wally Patawaran's mother, Emma, in Seville, Spain, before her first stroke.

Wally Patawaran’s mother, Emma, in Seville, Spain, before her first stroke.

“My mother understands everything we’re saying.”

My brother was addressing the latest home health aide, giving her an orientation. She nodded on cue, but it seemed clear that she was giving this latest assignment a look-over before signing on. She could have been forgiven for wondering about the truth of the statement.

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Home and Community-Based Services:
A John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Issue Brief

This is the last in a series of seven issue briefs.

This is the last in a series of seven issue briefs.

The John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Initiative accelerates sustained practice change that improves the care of older adults. It does this by harnessing the collective power of The John A. Hartford Foundation’s interprofessional community of scholars, clinicians, and health system leaders.

In December 2015, nearly 100 John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts gathered in Philadelphia, PA to identify challenges and opportunities for improving care of older adults in several care settings and issue areas. Each group worked toward identifying actionable areas for John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts, the Foundation, and colleagues in the field to pursue. The brief below represents the summary of the Home and Community-Based Care group’s proceedings and should inform future work to create widespread and systemic changes in the care of older adults.

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Blazing a Trail to Better Care for Older Adults

OAMLogoColor_400pIn 1965, the Older Americans Act set in motion a new network of largely community-based social services and supports to help older adults remain healthy and independent, living in their homes and communities as long as possible.

On April 19, 2016, after legislation garnered bipartisan support from both houses of Congress, President Obama signed the latest and long-overdue reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. This is great news for millions of older adults, and truly a cause for celebration as we embark on Older Americans Month in May. This year’s theme, appropriately enough, is “Blaze a Trail.” And it is one that resonates deeply with all of us at The John A. Hartford Foundation, given our own trailblazing work in improving the care of older adults.

Why the Older Americans Act Matters

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The Cow Skull, Airport Security, and Lessons Learned from My 13 Years at The John A. Hartford Foundation

Rachael Watman shows off her prized cow skull, as a passing plane causes dog Rebel to wonder how the skull ever got through airport security.

Rachael Watman shows off her prized cow skull, as a passing plane causes dog Rebel to wonder how the skull ever got through airport security.

In May, I will leave The John A. Hartford Foundation to become the Vice President of Programs at the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation. Naturally, I’ve spent time reflecting on my 13 years here. I’ve learned many lessons, gathered best practices, and worked with some of the smartest people in the nation.

The memory that stands out, however, involves a cow skull.

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Institutional Long-Term Care:
A John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Issue Brief

This is the sixth in a series of seven issue briefs.

This is the sixth in a series of seven issue briefs.

The John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Initiative accelerates sustained practice change that improves the care of older adults. It does this by harnessing the collective power of The John A. Hartford Foundation’s interprofessional community of scholars, clinicians, and health system leaders.

In December 2015, nearly 100 John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts gathered in Philadelphia, PA to identify challenges and opportunities for improving care of older adults in several care settings and issue areas. Each group worked toward identifying actionable areas for John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts, the Foundation, and colleagues in the field to pursue. The brief below represents the summary of the Institutional Long-Term Care group’s proceedings and should inform future work to create widespread and systemic changes in the care of older adults.The final issue brief in the series will be published on Health AGEnda in the coming weeks.

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Talking with Patients about End-of-Life Care:
New Poll Reveals How Physicians Really Feel

advance_care_talk_shutterstock_280364744_400pWe are excited to announce a new national poll released today that shows physicians clearly understand the importance of talking with older adults about end-of-life care, and that they overwhelmingly support a new Medicare benefit that reimburses them for holding advance care planning discussions with patients.

Very importantly, the poll also provides valuable insights into some of the barriers that keep physicians from having advance care planning conversations. The survey of primary care and specialist physicians in 50 states was supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation and our wonderful partners at the California Health Care Foundation and Cambia Health Foundation. We will delve even further into the barriers we uncovered, as well as strategies for overcoming them, with a series of interprofessional focus groups of health care providers later this year.

CHCF Logo_300pThe survey released today—Conversation Stopper: What’s Preventing Physicians from Talking with Patients about End-of-Life and Advance Care Planning?—opens a window to the personal views, feelings, and even fears of physicians concerning some of the most sensitive and important interactions they have with patients.

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Coming Home

Rani Snyder, MPA

Rani Snyder, MPA, Program Director, The John A. Hartford Foundation

Nothing pleases me more than having the opportunity to tell my colleagues and the world at large that I am the new Program Director for The John A. Hartford Foundation. And nothing could be truer than to say that the Foundation has not just shaped, but has actually determined the course of my professional life.

Like a parent guiding and teaching, the Foundation put me on a path and gave me the freedom to leave the nest and find my way—gaining valuable experience and maturity along the journey. Now, I have come back home.

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Acute Care:
A John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Issue Brief

This is the fifth in a series of seven issue briefs.

This is the fifth in a series of seven issue briefs.

The John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Initiative accelerates sustained practice change that improves the care of older adults. It does this by harnessing the collective power of The John A. Hartford Foundation’s interprofessional community of scholars, clinicians, and health system leaders.

In December 2015, nearly 100 John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts gathered in Philadelphia, PA to identify challenges and opportunities for improving care of older adults in several care settings and issue areas. Each group worked toward identifying actionable areas for John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts, the Foundation, and colleagues in the field to pursue. The brief below represents the summary of the Acute Care group’s proceedings and should inform future work to create widespread and systemic changes in the care of older adults.The remaining issue briefs will be published on Health AGEnda in the coming weeks.

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Primary Care:
A John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Issue Brief

This is the fourth in a series of seven issue briefs.

This is the fourth in a series of seven issue briefs.

The John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Initiative accelerates sustained practice change that improves the care of older adults. It does this by harnessing the collective power of The John A. Hartford Foundation’s interprofessional community of scholars, clinicians, and health system leaders.

In December 2015, nearly 100 John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts gathered in Philadelphia, PA to identify challenges and opportunities for improving care of older adults in several care settings and issue areas. Each group worked toward identifying actionable areas for John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts, the Foundation, and colleagues in the field to pursue. The brief below represents the summary of the Primary Care group’s proceedings and should inform future work to create widespread and systemic changes in the care of older adults.The other issue briefs will be published on Health AGEnda over the following weeks. 

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