Category Archives: Foundation Partners

Five Foundations Join Forces to Improve Care for Chronically Ill Older Adults with Complex Care Needs

5F Social Share V2_400pThe John A. Hartford Foundation has joined with four other outstanding foundations, all dedicated to transforming health care, to form an exciting new collaborative effort that will accelerate changes in our health care delivery system to improve care for high-need, high-cost patients with complex conditions.

This is both a moral imperative and our best opportunity to achieve a more financially sustainable health care system.

We all know someone—an aging mother or father, grandparent, brother or sister, dear friend or neighbor—who struggles with managing several chronic medical conditions. It could be a combination of diseases including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or dementia, just to name a few. Many of these individuals also have limited ability to care for themselves independently or they might face complex social needs such as poor access to healthy food or housing.

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Foundations Partner to Expand Depression Care in Rural Montana


During the years when copper was king in Butte, Montana, it was known as “The Richest Hill on Earth.”

Editor’s Note: For more than a year, the Health AGEnda blog has been featuring occasional guest posts regarding the eight primary care community clinics receiving funding through the federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF) initiative to spread the IMPACT program, also known as Collaborative Care, in the rural Pacific Northwest.

Today’s guest post by Shelley Stingley shares the story of why The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust decided to partner with The John A. Hartford Foundation and SIF to bring the Collaborative Care model to Bighorn Valley Health Clinic in Hardin, Montana, and Southwest Montana Community Health Center in Butte, Montana.

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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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Giving Thanks (even after Thanksgiving): News from the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence

NHCGNE-logo_400pWhile the turkey (and leftovers) have long been consumed, dishes washed, and guests departed, we continue to give thanks at the John A. Hartford Foundation for the work of our grantees to improve the care of older adults.

Today, we thank the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) for their 3.5 years of partnership with the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE). And with great excitement, we announce that, effective January 2016, the National Hartford Center will relocate to the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing in order to build on the success achieved to date at GSA and to enhance the momentum of our growing membership.

Since 2000, the focus of the work of the National Hartford Center has been to prepare new academic gerontological nursing leaders and enhance the gerontological nursing expertise of current faculty. Much has been accomplished during the National Hartford Center’s time at GSA: the center has grown its annual Academic Leadership Conference and married the work of the National Hartford Center with that of our more than 300-plus nursing alumni member organization (formerly known as the Hartford Gerontological Nursing Leaders).

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Congratulations to Our 2015 GSA Award Winners!

GSA2015banner300The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has been one of the John A. Hartford Foundation’s key grantee partners for more than 20 years. The organization is now the home of the John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Initiative, which is helping interprofessional alumni of our programs work together in exciting new ways to make practice and policy changes that improve the care of older adults.

As a Fellow of the society who had the privilege of serving as president of the organization’s board, I know first-hand how important GSA is to the entire field of aging. The GSA annual scientific meeting has always been a highlight for me, and that’s especially true this year, as it’s my first time attending as President of the John A. Hartford Foundation. As always, I am thrilled to learn about the latest aging science across the spectrum of academic disciplines. And at this year’s conference in Orlando, I also get to engage with grantees to learn more about their work, and with leaders in the field to discuss the Foundation’s important efforts, which have often supported many of these individuals.

As it does every year, the GSA awards program features many of these Foundation-supported leaders among those being honored. We congratulate the following awardees and look forward to continuing to work with them and others to advance better care for our aging population:

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Why Grantmakers In Aging Is Important

GIA2015_logo_300pEach year, the program staff of the John A. Hartford Foundation attend a three-day meeting with foundations known as Grantmakers In Aging (GIA), an affinity group representing local, regional and national funders that share our interest in improving the lives of older adults.

Some funders, like the John A. Hartford Foundation, are focused on improving the health of older adults. Others focus on a diverse range of interests, including the provision of direct services, arts and aging, economic security, age-friendly communities, and workforce.

There are two main reasons why the GIA annual conference is one of the most important events of the year for me and my colleagues at the John A. Hartford Foundation:

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Exploring Opportunities to Collaborate with the CDC to Improve Care of Older Adults


Photo by James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

All of us at the John A. Hartford Foundation have a deep appreciation and respect for the work that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do to safeguard the health of our nation and promote healthy aging.

So when I received an invitation from John Auerbach, the CDC’s associate director for policy, to come to Atlanta for a day of discussion about possible opportunities for the John A. Hartford Foundation and the CDC to collaborate on efforts to improve the care of older adults, I enthusiastically said yes.

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The Palliative Care Imperative at End of Life:
Learning, Leading Together

From right, Amy Berman, Terry Fulmer, Jon Broyles, and Bud Hammes engage in the convening.

From right, JAHF’s Amy Berman and Terry Fulmer, Jon Broyles of C-TAC, and Bud Hammes of Respecting Choices engage in the convening.

Imagine Shirley, an 84-year-old woman with end stage renal failure. Her clinician has proposed continuing a daily dialysis treatment that will extend her life, but that is exhausting and uncomfortable. Overwhelmed by her condition, Shirley has little ability to articulate that she may want something different from her care, and her family is similarly unprepared to help her seek out or weigh any available alternatives—for example, medication and homecare.

What would it take to ensure that Shirley and the millions like her at the end of their lives each year receive the high-quality care that meets their unique needs? To help answer this question, the John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) recently convened a meeting at its offices in New York City focused on “End of Life and Serious Illness,” gathering leading innovators in the field and funders with deep interest in this area.

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Hartford Grantees, Friends Shine at AGS Annual Meeting

National_Harbor_400pMost of our John A. Hartford Foundation staff have come to the banks of the Potomac River in National Harbor, MD, this week for the annual scientific meeting of long-time grantee and partner, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). It’s always a great opportunity to catch up with valued friends and colleagues, learn about the latest advances in aging and health research, and celebrate those who have made important contributions to the field.

This year is no exception. In fact, it is gratifying to see how many of those being honored by AGS this week have been part of the Hartford Foundation community, through grants, scholarships, fellowships, and partnerships.

Steven R. Counsell, MD

Steven R. Counsell, MD

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For Improving the Nursing Care of Older Adults, It’s ACE.S in My Book

ACE.S: Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors

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Meet Millie Larsen.

Millie is an 84-year-old Caucasian female who lives alone in a small house. Her husband, Harold, died a year ago.

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