This is the last in a three-part Health AGEnda series on the Hartford Foundation’s 2013 Annual Report: Spreading Innovation Through Collaboration.
Collaboration is everything—creating meaningful and measurable change rarely, if ever, happens in a vacuum.
Here at the John A. Hartford Foundation, we recognize the importance of forging longstanding relationships. Identifying, nurturing, and sustaining productive partnerships have been a critical element of Hartford’s success.
This is the second in a three-part Health AGEnda series on the Hartford Foundation’s 2013 Annual Report: Spreading Innovation Through Collaboration.
Although 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.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.