Integrating & Improving Services
Health care delivery in the United States does not support optimal health outcomes in the older adult population. Integrating and Improving Services grants represent the John A. Foundation's effort to improve health care deliver's ability to provide the high quality and cost-effective care that results in better health for the aging population. The intersection of good health outcomes and cost-effective care lies in a systematic approach to processes and delivery of care that avoid unnecessary diagnostics and treatments while delivering evidence-based care coupled with the neccessary supports and services to patients and their family caregivers.
The Hartford Foundation’s strategy to improve health of elders has focused on efforts to increase the numbers and expertise of practitioners in three primary practitioners: Physicians, Nurses and Social Workers. At the same time, the work environments in which they practice must be redesigned to facilitate their best work. Without this redesign, professionals with geriatric expertise are oftentimes frustrated by the constraints of health care delivery systems that hindered, and at times rejected, that which was known to be best practice.
Previously, 20 percent of our grants supported the development of effective and affordable models of care that address the unique needs of older adults. Through these Integrating and Improving Services grants we aimed to transform the care of older adults while measuring the impact on health and healthcare spending. Services grants can be categorized as either 1) developing and testing new models of care or 2) dissemination grants, which move proven innovations into practice. The Foundation is also deeply committed to the development of aging-focused leaders who are both prepared and positioned to effectively drive change in health care delivery. Ongoing grants within the Integrating and Improving Services now operate under the Models of Care portfolio within the Current Strategies.
|Yale University||Improving the Care of Persons with Complex Health Needs: Realigning the Patient, Primary Care, and Specialty Care Relationship Toward Patient-Centered Care Planning Grant|
|Project HOPE - People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.||Health Affairs Journal: Publish and Disseminate Early Lessons on Innovative Health Care Models for an Aging Population|
|Trustees of Dartmouth College||High Cost, High Need: Costs and Fragmentation of Care for Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Diseases|
|Gerontological Society of America||Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative|
|Community Catalyst, Inc.||Voices for Better Health: Geriatrics Provider Collaboration|
|National Committee for Quality Assurance||Quality Measurement to Assess the Performance of Goal Setting and Achievement in the Delivery of Medical and Long-Term Care|
|Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), Inc.||Strategic Investment: Doubling PHI's Impact on the Direct-Care Workforce to Improve Care for Elders|
|Partners in Care Foundation, Inc.||Improving the Health of Older Adults Using Integrated Networks for Medical Care and Social Services|