Monthly Archives: July 2012

GNEC: Ensuring All Nurses Learn to Care Well for Older Adults

We are proud of the accomplishments of our Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC). Hartford evaluation grantees Shoshanna Sofaer, DrPH, Amy Shire, MPH, and Jacqueline Fortin, MPA School of Public Affairs, Baruch College published the positive results of an evaluation of GNEC in a brief, “Multiplying Change: Ensuring All Nurses Learn to Care Well for Older Adults.” Click here to read the entire brief in its PDF format, or take a moment to read the Executive Summary, reprinted below.

In 2005, the John A. Hartford Foundation, a leading philanthropy committed to improving the health care of older adults since 1929, made a $2.48 million grant to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to implement the Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC). Carried out in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, the GNEC project supported the Foundation’s mission by working to achieve the following goals:

  • Increase geriatric content in senior-level undergraduate nursing courses;
  • Educate faculty at baccalaureate schools of nursing nationwide in both the fundamentals of geriatric nursing and in the use of geriatric curriculum resources;
  • Support and empower trained faculty as they champion geriatric education to train colleagues and oversee curriculum revision at their home institutions; and
  • Provide faculty with an array of innovative resources to prepare baccalaureate-educated nurses by inculcating them with the expertise, and nurturing their enthusiasm to care for older adults.


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The John A. Hartford Foundation Communications & Dissemination Initiative: Building Your Bandwidth for Better Communication

Effective communication is essential if we hope to achieve our common goal of improving the health of older adults. We must clearly articulate the problems and special needs of older people in our health care system to focus the attention of policy makers, health system leaders, and the general public. We must translate the scientific and technical language of the promising solutions our grantees have created into comprehensible and implementable ideas.

This is why the John A. Hartford Foundation has invested in our Communications and Dissemination Initiative, and why we are sharing some of the resources and tools we have developed with our network of grantees and friends.

Communications Resources for Individuals

During the last 30 years, the John A. Hartford Foundation has supported curricular change projects and the careers of over 1,000 aging-expert faculty members across the country. We have funded researchers to test and disseminate improved models of health care delivery for older patients. The Foundation has invested in building leaders who can change education and practice. Communications is critical to these leaders’ success, and good communications takes instruction and practice.

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