Category Archives: Grant Programs

Change AGEnts Push Health Care Policies In the Right Direction

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2014 Hartford Change AGEnts Policy Institute Participants

Improving the transitional care of frail older adults through better skilled nursing facility reimbursement.

Reducing regulatory barriers to evidence-based care coordination for older adults with multiple chronic conditions.

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New Grants Target Policy and Practice Change

One of the Hartford Foundation's new grants will support an additional 44 Health and Policy Fellows over the next three years who will bring geriatric expertise to policymakers and in turn receive intensive training in policymaking through placements at key agencies and offices in the federal government.

One of the Hartford Foundation’s new grants will support an additional 44 Health and Policy Fellows over the next three years.

While the two new grants approved by the John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees last week continue to move us forward in our new strategic direction, which includes a focus on health policy and practice change, they also build on partnerships and successful work we have engaged in for years.

The grants totaling $2.13 million will support an additional 44 Health and Aging Policy Fellows (HAPF) over the next three years and help co-support a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) study on family caregiving of older adults. Both projects also offer great opportunities for our new Hartford Change AGEnts to bring their talents, expertise, and skills to bear on important issues related to creating policy and practice change that improves the health of older Americans.

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Celebrating a New Cohort of SIF Subgrantees, Reflecting on Our IMPACT in the Rural Northwest

The stark beauty of the landscape near Hardin, Mont.

The stark beauty of the landscape near Hardin, Mont.

National Mental Health Month, which comes in May each year, has meant more to me since launching our initiative to spread the IMPACT model of depression treatment in the five-state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) under the federal banner of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF).

Today, we are celebrating the selection of our second batch of SIF subgrantees. We are proud to announce awards to the following organizations: Continue reading

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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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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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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