The nation’s four million home health aides, certified nurse aides, and personal care attendants are a lifeline for many older adults and people with disabilities. Our grantee, PHI, is the nation’s leading authority on the direct-care workforce, and they promote quality direct-care jobs as the foundation for quality care for elders and people with disabilities.
With our new grant, PHI is embarking on a campaign to rapidly scale up their work and double their “mission impact” to transform eldercare and disability services. In partnership with our long-time communications partners at SCP, they have developed what we think is an excellent example of an effective communications tool.
PHI’s new campaign brochure uses beautiful photography, plain but compelling language, and incorporates the voices of direct-care workers, the people they serve, and other stakeholders to tell their story.
In Tuesday’s post on interprofessional education and the role of social workers in health care teams, I referenced a program called the Leadership Academy in Aging . This program warrants an additional mention for its success in providing leadership skills to deans and directors of schools of social work, as well as to promote the development of geriatric academic education and training in the social work profession.
The Leadership Academy in Aging is a year-long program that provides leadership skills and aging education to deans and directors of schools of social work, who also receive guidance in developing a program on aging within their school. The Academy was designed through a partnership between the Social Work Leadership Institute and the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD). The co-leaders are longtime Hartford Foundation grantee and partner Pat Volland and Katharine Briar-Lawson, Dean and Professor, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany. Originally supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Leadership Academy is now supported in part by NADD and tuition from the deans and directors.
With six cohorts to date, 66 deans and directors have participated in the Academy. This represents more than one quarter of all social work deans in the country. The transformational work of the Leadership Academy in Aging participants has resulted in a variety of outstanding and lasting contributions to the field of gerontology.
Dr. George E. Thibault presents on the importance of including social workers as part of health care teams at the Leadership Academy in Aging.
We at the John A. Hartford Foundation like to encourage breaking down the professional silos that impede the promotion of coordinated, comprehensive, continuous, and geriatric-expert care. On Saturday, I witnessed a group of social work academic leaders exploring this topic with encouragement from a champion of interprofessional silo-busting.
Like a lot of new concepts, population health seems to be on everyone’s lips and there seems to be a lot of excitement to “do” population health. It sure sounds good and yet I am entirely unclear about the specifics and I’m pretty sure that everyone is feeling a different part of the elephant.
Unfortunately, a recent paper published on BMJ Open suggests that these divergent views are common.
We can all understand the goals of the triple aim: better care—higher quality health care with fewer defects; better health—a related but independent goal that the population at large is actually healthier; and lower cost, at least on a per capita basis—reducing total costs of care.
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.
Let’s say you are 80 years old and about to undergo surgery. Perhaps it was an unexpected fall that placed you in the emergency department and you’ll need an orthopedic surgeon to repair your hip. You’ll undergo anesthesia during the procedure and afterwards will likely require rehab.
All of the physicians who might care for you—from the ER doc to the anesthesiologist to the physical medicine/rehab physician—have spent years and years of training to specialize in their discipline.
Amy Berman speaks at TEDMED’s Great Challenges in Health Care in 2013.
Editor’s Note: In this post, originally published on Health Affairs Blog, Amy Berman shares more of her story as a person living with stage IV cancer who has chosen a palliative care approach.
She contributes regularly to Health AGEnda about her experiences and how they relate to the John A. Hartford Foundation’s support for palliative care for older adults facing serious illness. In March 2014, the Hartford Foundation awarded a new grant to the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) to build on the successful spread of hospital-based palliative care and move these services into care settings outside the hospital.
From left, Cherie Brunker, Meg Wallhagen, Rosanne Leipzig, and Aanand Naik put their pieces of the puzzle together to complete the picture at the recent Change AGEnts event at the AGS annual meeting.
For the thousands of researchers and clinicians who have been a part of the John A. Hartford Foundation’s programs during the past three decades, we are pleased to invite you to put your geriatrics expertise to work by becoming an active Hartford Change AGEnt.
You can now enroll in the online Change AGEnts Community, where you can find other Change AGEnts and work together to make our health care system better for older adults and their families.
In November 2013, Bill Buron, PhD, APRN, Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean for Nursing at the College of Nursing NW Arkansas Program, began his term as Chair of the Hartford Gerontological Nursing Leaders (HGNL), assuming the helm from Casey Shillam, PhD, RN. I asked Bill, as leader of the 250-plus strong Hartford nursing organization, to reflect on the history of the HGNL and its future.
The work that HGNL does is vital, and what Dr. Buron has to say should be of interest to physicians, social workers, and everyone else who is working to improve the health of older adults.