Category Archives: Team Care

Three New Grants Totaling $6.7 Million Represent Powerful Opportunities to Improve Care of Older Adults

From right, Amy Berman, John A. Hartford Foundation President Terry Fulmer, Jon Broyles of C-TAC, and Bud Hammes of Respecting Choices engage in a convening held in June 2015 by JAHF on “End of Life and Serious Illness.”

The John A. Hartford Foundation’s dedicated staff is constantly monitoring the dynamic health care landscape to identify powerful opportunities for large-scale change that will result in better care and better lives for all older adults. I am very pleased to announce that our Trustees last week approved three new grants totaling $6.7 million that leverage these opportunities.

One of the keys to effective grantmaking is to partner with innovative leaders at the very top of their fields. That is certainly true of the Foundation’s new grants.

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Dr. Eckstrom: ‘Cultural Shift’ Needed to Improve Care of Older Adults

Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH

Geriatrician Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH, shares her professional perspective on caregiving in the book she co-authored, The Gift of Caring.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and gift giving will abound. It makes me think of those who give the gift of selflessly caring for others, such as those family and friends who care for their older adult loved ones.

There are many resources to help these family caregivers. The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare is one new resource that shares both a personal and professional perspective on caring for older adults.

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Telling Our Story

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A headline in Tuesday’s New York Times asks a very important question: “As the population ages, where are the geriatricians?

The story, by Katie Hafner, describes the shortage of geriatrics and gerontologic expertise in our health system today. It features the important and compelling work of our colleague Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, and her team at Oregon Health and Science University, where we have funded a number of grant projects, notably in geriatric nursing and care models. The story also features comments from several John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts who work every day to share their precious expertise in caring for older adults.

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A Model CAPABLE of Creating Lasting Change

This is the fourth in a series of six Health AGEnda posts on the 2014 Annual Report.

This is the fourth in a series of six Health AGEnda posts on the 2014 Annual Report.

Editor’s Note: The John A. Hartford Foundation’s 2014 Annual Report features five profiles of Hartford Change AGEnts whose work is representative of the kinds of practice and policy change the initiative is making. Read Harnessing the Power of Hartford Change AGEnts for more on the Change AGEnts Initiative. In the coming weeks, the Health AGEnda blog will spotlight the stories and videos of the other Hartford Change AGEnts profiled in the Annual Report. Today, we meet Sandra Spoelstra, PhD, RN, who has leveraged a $10,000 Change AGEnts Action Award into more than $1.2 million in private and public funding for the MiCAPABLE program, which is improving care for vulnerable older adults in Michigan.

Supported by a $10,000 John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Action Award, a small pilot program to provide team-based home care and home repair services to a handful of people in Saginaw, Michigan, has blossomed into a larger effort to help 270 of the state’s most vulnerable older adults in three cities stay in their homes and communities, potentially leading to statewide spread.

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Partnership Advances a Revolution in Mental Health Care

The author, Diane Powers, in Idaho in 2013, during a series of site visits in the Pacific Northwest to determine grant awards.

The author, Diane Powers, in Idaho in 2013, during a series of site visits in the Pacific Northwest to determine grant awards.

In 1998, a gallon of gas cost $1.15, the last episode of Seinfeld aired on TV, and the John A. Hartford Foundation quietly helped start a revolution in mental health care. That was the year Dr. Jürgen Unützer, then an early-career psychiatrist at UCLA, convinced the Hartford Foundation of the worthiness of a radical idea—bringing mental health care into primary care.

The idea of having a primary care provider treat patients for common mental health conditions was so different that Unützer and Wayne Katon, Unützer’s mentor and an established psychiatrist at the University of Washington, were having difficulty finding a funder to test it.

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On Each Other’s Team: What We Can Learn By Listening to Older Adults

poll_satisfaction350If our work at the John A. Hartford Foundation has taught us one thing, it’s this: In the quest to transform primary care for older adults, a huge part of the answer is deploying more geriatrically expert primary care teams that can coordinate and deliver care designed around the patient’s needs. You could call this the low-hanging fruit of health care reform, because, if there is a population in which we have the biggest opportunity to see improvements in both cost and quality of care outcomes, it is older Americans.

The debate on how best to deliver effective primary care has gone on a long time, sometimes frustratingly so, but it has almost never included a crucial constituency: older adults. Today we are pleased to help change that.

We believe that listening to older adults is essential if we are ever going to transform our primary care system so it can and does deliver well-coordinated, comprehensive, accessible care centered on their needs and goals. This belief has already led the Hartford Foundation to conduct two previous public opinion polls, focused exclusively on adults 65 and older, examining serious gaps in geriatric primary care and mental health care.

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Congrats to the Collaborative Pilot Grants Winners!

TS_200470127-001_winnersIt’s going to take all of us working together to make the changes we need to ensure that older Americans get the quality health care they deserve.

So I’m pleased to share the news that five winning teams have been selected to receive Collaborative Pilot Grants through a joint program between the John A. Hartford Foundation Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Psychiatry and the Hartford Change AGEnts.

The five winning teams were chosen from 25 applications received from 15 centers, and were announced by the Hartford Foundation and the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).

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