Category Archives: Foundation Partners

The 2013 Hartford Foundation Annual Report
Part II: The Power of Partnerships

This is the second in a three-part Health AGEnda series on the Hartford Foundation’s 2013 Annual Report: Spreading Innovation Through Collaboration.

JAHFAR13_cover_300Although he was a star in a different field, something basketball legend Michael Jordan once said applies equally to the work of the John A. Hartford Foundation: “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

Here at the Hartford Foundation, we see great merit in not only spurring innovations and winning each “game,” but also generating long-term champion partnerships that pave the road for meaningful and lasting change.

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Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy Achieves Impressive Results

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The latest cohort of fellows in Sigma Theta Tau International’s Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy pose for a group photo with their leadership mentors, faculty, and representatives of Sigma Theta Tau and the Hartford Foundation.

I recently traveled to Indianapolis, home to Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing. There I met six very special individuals, competitively selected as fellows in Sigma’s Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy.

The Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy aims to prepare and position geriatric-expert nurses as leaders within the interprofessional health care delivery environment. The fellows I had the honor of meeting expressed an unwavering commitment to developing their influence and impact in hospitals, nursing homes, and home health to benefit vulnerable elders.

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The 2013 Hartford Foundation Annual Report:
Spreading Innovation Through Collaboration

JAHFAR13_cover_300I shake a lot of hands. In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt set a world record for heads of state by shaking 8,513 hands in a single day at a White House reception. While the program staff of the John A. Hartford Foundation have yet to come close, we certainly recognize the value of the handshake and its role in promoting partnerships.

Partnership is the focus of our 2013 annual report Spreading Innovation Through Collaboration. According to our Executive Director, Cory Rieder: “Partnering defines our work and is a major strategy of the Foundation. We do more to improve the health of older adults by actively seeking out and working with partners who share our mission. None of us can do it alone.”

Since 2000, Hartford has made grants totaling over $398 million to improve the health of our aging society. Capitalizing on the handshake, we have partnered with 104 government agencies, foundations, and other institutions generating a total of $1.97 billion in related funding in health and aging. Hand in hand with our partners, 74 percent of Hartford projects have external co-funders and over the past 13 years, $4.95 has been leveraged for every dollar of Hartford funding.

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AGS Annual Meeting Revitalizes Commitment to Improving Care for Older Adults

Jennie Chin Hansen, CEO of AGS, left, with Cory Rieder, the Hartford Foundation's executive director and treasurer.

Jennie Chin Hansen, CEO of AGS, left, with Cory Rieder, the Hartford Foundation’s executive director and treasurer.

In honor of the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) annual meeting opening today in Orlando, we want to reflect on the key role this partner organization has played in our joint efforts to improve the health of older Americans.

Over the years, AGS has been one of our largest and most frequent grantees, leading a diverse array of projects. Many grants have aimed at strengthening the field of geriatrics, such as the leadership development award through the AGS affiliate organization, the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP)  or the Health Outcomes Research Scholars through another affiliate, the Foundation for Health in Aging.

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Congratulations to AGS Award Winners!

Dr. David Solomon, right, with Corinne Rieder, the Hartford Foundation's executive director.

Cory Rieder, PhD, left, with Dr. David H. Solomon. Dr. Rieder will receive the David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award,, named for the geriatrics pioneer who died last year.

One of the highlights of our year is the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). AGS is a long-time grantee and partner of ours and their yearly meeting is an opportunity for us to learn about the latest scientific advancements in geriatric care and get valuable “face-time” with our grantees and scholars.

The AGS meeting is also a time for health professionals with geriatrics expertise to acknowledge each other’s hard work and accomplishments. In addition to the highly energizing support we all receive just from being around like-minded colleagues, formal awards given by the society help to inspire and motivate all of us by spotlighting important work that is making a difference in the lives of older adults.

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Can Health Care Point to True North?

Gary Oftedahl, MD, Chief Knowledge Officer for the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, speaks at the CaRe Align initiative launch in Dallas.

Gary Oftedahl, MD, Chief Knowledge Officer for the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, speaks at the CaRe Align initiative launch in Dallas.

Older adults who typically live with many chronic conditions see, on average, two primary care providers and five specialists per year in four different medical practices. Such fragmentation and logistical complexities are problematic for providers and patients.

For a hypothetical primary care practice consisting of 30 percent Medicare patients, each of whom has four or more chronic conditions, the physician must coordinate with 86 other providers in 36 practices over a year’s time.

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The Gift of Giving: Casey’s Story

Casey Shillam, left, and Grandma Pat.

Casey Shillam, left, and Grandma Pat.

Note: I asked Casey Shillam, PhD, RN-BC, Nursing Academic Program Director and Associate Professor at Western Washington University, to write a blog for Health AGEnda to reflect on her role in 2013 as the Chair of the Hartford Gerontological Nursing Leaders (HGNL).

Among many accomplishments under Casey’s tenure, this group of more than 300 Hartford-supported nurses advanced their work via seven committees ranging from Peer Mentorship to Communications; authored a special issue of Clinical Nursing Research; organized a Policy/Leadership Town Hall with Hartford colleagues in medicine and social work at the 2013 annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America; and made numerous presentations at national venues. Casey is a dedicated, creative, responsive, inclusive, and approachable leader.

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New Report Examines Burden of Caregiving on Spouses

Click on image for a PDF of the report.

Click on image for a PDF of the report.

All family caregivers are not alike. A new Insight on the Issues report, Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care to Their Spouses, shows that the burden of caregiving disproportionately impacts spouses. The report was produced by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the United Hospital Fund  and supported by grant funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation.

Adult children and spouses are the primary caregivers of our nation’s older adults. They provide critically important assistance that helps frail elders remain at home, from meal preparation to such complex medical/nursing tasks as medication management, wound care, and care coordination.

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Different Shades of Rural

Butte, Mont., with the former Berkley Pit copper mine in the distance.

Butte, Mont., with the former Berkley Pit copper mine in the distance.

My recent travels to the rural Northwest to visit clinics that have applied for the next round of Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grants have given me an even deeper appreciation of both the beauty of this part of the country and the heartbreaking human needs that we are trying to address.

I went out to Idaho, Montana, and Alaska on a 10-day trip accompanied by Diane Powers, associate director for translation and implementation for our longtime partner, the University of Washington’s Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions (AIMS), and we visited four clinics that applied for funding.

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Apply for the SIF: Come on in, the Water’s Fine!

cannonball2-e1333204960985One of these days, if you’re feeling daring and want to stir the pot around a table of people – whether you know them or not – ask them what they believe the role of government should be. From Knoxville to Karachi, you’ll hear all kinds of answers. Before anybody comes to blows over their strongly held views, remind them that this question was central to Plato and it is central to the human condition. It’s a question worth asking.

As an evidence-based, non-partisan grantmaking foundation with a specific area of interest, we have spent decades pursuing strategies that improve the well-being of older adults. We engage with public and private institutions every day and ask ourselves what initiatives can we support that will make those institutions perform better for people. You might think that we stick to our knitting.

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