Ok. We did it. We collectively put Chris Langston’s “What-if-we-have-a-party-and nobody-shows” fears to bed.
We had hoped for 200 attendees at our launch of the Change AGEnts Initiative at the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) annual meeting last month. Huzzah! Close to 400 Change AGEnts showed and actively participated in the interactive activities designed to inspire conversation and connections.
In case the launch or the AGEnts initiative has been off your radar:
In health care for older adults (and for everyone really), we know where we want to end up.
It gets articulated in different ways, but generally speaking I think we can all agree we want care for our older loved ones that is coordinated, comprehensive, continuous, and geriatrically expert.
But the path that gets us to that destination is often unclear. To help guide us—the John A. Hartford Foundation and all other stakeholders in the business of health care—we have just funded three grant projects that we hope will shine a light on the way forward.
Our most recent annual report celebrated the John A. Hartford Foundation’s 30-year commitment to improving the health of older adults. As part of the online, interactive version of the report, we asked some of our long-time grantees to help us tell the Foundation’s story by sharing short and sweet video messages about our past successes, our current projects, and our new directions.
We want to highlight a few of these brief video clips, each only about one minute long, and invite you to browse and share the other messages in our dynamic online annual report.
In this first video, David Reuben, director of the Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and director of the Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine at UCLA, points out the changes he’s seen over the past three decades in how geriatrics is incorporated into medical student education. Dr. Reuben was a beneficiary of the 1983 Hartford Geriatrics Faculty Development Awards, Hartford’s earliest program to build up the field of geriatrics.
Nearly 400 Change AGEnts – individuals who have been touched by a Hartford grant – joined in the evening’s activities to connect with each other and begin identifying ways to change health care practice to improve the health of older adults.
Our goal was to create an interactive, innovative, inspiring, interdisciplinary event focused on how we can all work together to change health care. Thanks to the incredible enthusiasm and energy in the room, we believe we succeeded.
Greetings from New Orleans and the 2013 Gerontological Society of America (GSA) meeting. As usual, many John A. Hartford Foundation staff are at the meeting to learn from the experts in the field, to work with our grantees, and to answer questions from anyone interested in improving the care of older adults.
We are particularly excited about the launch of our new Change AGEnts program. Anyone ever associated with a Hartford-funded project is invited to join us at the Change AGEnts Initiative launch event on Friday, Nov. 22, from 6:30-8p.m. (Sheraton Hotel, Grand Ballroom C). Visit our Change AGEnts page to RSVP and learn more!
Of course, we are also very proud of the accomplishments of our current grantees and friends. I’d like to recognize several who are being honored here this week.
When my 7-year-old son was young, my husband and I nailed an old yardstick to the kitchen doorframe and periodically marked his height. It’s been a long time since we’ve taken a measure, but the yardstick remains as a record of growth and developmental milestones.
If I had a yardstick to measure the success of the 4-year-old Hartford Gerontological Nursing Leaders (HGNL), November 2103 would have certainly earned a mark. This month, a new special issue of Clinical Nursing Research represents a significant milestone for HGNL.
Clinical Nursing Research Editor Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, CRNP, associate professor of geropsychiatric nursing and Ralston House Endowed Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, worked with guest editors from HGNL—Janet Mentes, PhD, RN, and Adriana Perez, PhD, RN—to produce a six-article issue focused on nursing care of older adults.
Click photo to watch the Community Catalyst video.
You would think having both Medicare and Medicaid would mean getting more of the benefits and services you need.
But for the 10 million people who receive health care coverage under both systems—who are poor and mostly older adults with complex health and social needs—it’s far too easy to fall between the cracks of these good programs. They are structured differently, have different rules, and often lead to a complicated maze of services and providers.
If you follow our blog, you know that the John A. Hartford Foundation is now spending our time and money putting geriatrics research and knowledge into practice to change health care delivery for older adults. We are able to do this because for decades we’ve funded outstanding scientific investigators in the aging field through scholars and fellows programs, most of which continue today.
Scholars who attended the recent Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Award and T. Franklin Williams Scholars retreat or the Paul Beeson Scholars annual convening, had the privilege of hearing Dr. Stephanie Studenski, a renowned geriatrics researcher, deliver a powerful presentation about the need for senior academic leaders to make room for the next generation. Stephanie—a professor of medicine and director of research at the University of Pittsburgh’s Division of Geriatric Medicine and program director of the Pittsburgh Pepper Center—has an inspiring message and one that is not typically shared.
If our shift in strategy moves our focus from “upstream” academic capacity building to a “downstream” emphasis on the determinants of practice, these vanguard leaders are shooting the rapids and teaching us what can be done with geriatric expertise.