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John A. Hartford Foundation Public Poll: “How Does It Feel? The Older Adult Health Care Experience”

Large majorities of older Americans experience significant and troubling gaps in their primary care, according to our new national survey, “How Does It Feel? The Older Adult Health Care Experience,” released April 24, 2012.

The poll focuses exclusively on Americans age 65 and older and assesses whether, in the past 12 months, patients received seven important medical services to support healthy aging, including:

  • an annual medication review,
  • a falls risk assessment and history,
  • depression screening,
  • referral to community-based health resources, and
  • discussion of their ability to perform routine daily tasks and activities without help.


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JAHF and NAGEC Meet to Plan New Strategies

The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) and the National Association of Geriatric Education Centers (NAGEC) recently convened an intensive one-day strategic planning session with twenty key representatives from around the nation. Participants included leaders in geriatrics and geriatrics education, palliative medicine, nursing, public health, planning, and public policy, as well as the Hartford Foundation’s executive staff. Meeting at Foundation headquarters, the group shared experiences in their fields and generated ideas to enhance and improve the work of the Geriatric Education Centers (GEC). The result was a decision to move in new directions.

In his opening remarks, the Foundation’s Program Director, Christopher Langston, PhD, set the tone: “We have to look at the big picture,” he said. Let’s face it—available monies are greatly diminished when compared to ten years ago. We have to develop non-financial powers. What do I mean by this? I mean convening people; developing new synergies, ideas, and plans; and identifying how the various sectors of society can work together. We must work to determine where our interests and missions intersect and then be able to move forward to create partnerships in new places.”

The meeting revolved around three broad areas: developing partnerships, conducting outcome evaluations, and retooling for an aging America. The morning session included participant speakers, who gave concise topic summaries. Langston provided an overview of the Institute of Medicine’s report, Retooling for an Aging America. Roseanne Leipzig, MD, PhD, of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, presented a brief survey of the geriatric education initiative. Janet Frank, DrPH, of the David Geffin School of Medicine at UCLA, discussed developing partnerships to extend GEC. Julia Hannum-Rose, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Palliative Care, Case at MHMC, spoke about current NTACC resources in support of GECs.

Participants then divided into three breakout discussion groups to confer about their assigned issues and develop recommendations for strategic next steps. At the end of the day, everyone reconvened, and group leaders reported the results of their deliberations. These included the following recommendations to HRSA:

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Celebrating a Decade of Accomplishment: The 10th Anniversary of the BAGNC

This year, 2010, marks the 10th anniversary of the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) initiative, and we’d like to offer our congratulations to the program’s leaders and its awardees. It has been a decade of remarkable achievement.

The Birth of an Initiative
The BAGNC Initiative began back in January 2000, when the Hartford Foundation held an invitational meeting to give experts and thought leaders an opportunity to discuss the major health care issues of older adults and to identify strategies to improve geriatric nursing care.

By the end of the meeting, two questions had emerged: (1) What were the critical issues in professional nursing that might affect the care of older adults? And (2) what challenges to improving care for older adults were most relevant and amenable to solutions by nursing schools and the Hartford Foundation? To find answers, the Foundation commissioned several papers.

This work led Hartford to formulate two top priorities that would frame a new initiative in nursing: creating centers of geriatric nursing excellence and increasing the number of gerontological nurse researchers. The Foundation’s commitment to these goals marked the birth of the BAGNC initiative.

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Funding Guidelines

The Foundation normally makes grants to organizations in the United States which have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (and are not private foundations within the meaning of section 107(c)(1) of the code), and to state colleges and universities. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals.

Due to its narrow funding focus, the Foundation makes grants primarily by invitation. After familiarizing yourself with the Foundation’s program areas and guidelines, if you feel that your project falls within this focus, you may submit a brief letter of inquiry (1-2 pages) which summarizes the purpose and activities of the grant, the qualifications of the applicant and institution, and an estimated cost and time frame for the project. The letter will be reviewed initially by members of the Foundation’s staff and possibly by outside reviewers. Those submitting proposals will be notified of the results of this review in approximately six weeks and may be asked to supply additional information.

Please do not send correspondence by fax or e-mail.

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