Category Archives: Grantees

Hartford Nursing Grantees’ Resources

Hartford nursing grantees have created a number of helpful aging-related resources for the nursing community. Highlights are listed here:


Advanced Practice/Masters Review Materials

Creating a Geriatric Presence in Your School

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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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Spreading Innovations to Enhance Care for Older Adults

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) created the Health Care Innovations Exchange to speed the implementation of new and better ways of delivering health care. The below interview of Hartford Senior Program Officer Amy Berman by the Innovations Exchange team was posted on the AHRQ website in March 2012. Ms. Berman also participated in an AHRQ Scale Up & Spread Round Table in May 2011.  Hartford grantee Dr. David Dorr from OHSU participated and presented his innovation, Care Management Plus, receiving feedback from a panel of experts including Ms. Berman.  A video of Dr. Dorr’s feedback session can be found here.

Spreading Innovations to Enhance Care for Older Adults: An Interview With Amy Berman of the John A. Hartford Foundation

Innovations Exchange: Tell us about the Hartford Foundation.

Berman: The John A. Hartford Foundation focuses on improving the health of older adults, which in turn helps to address some of the most critical issues facing the nation’s health care system, including spiraling costs, significant quality problems, and the systematic failure to engage patients, families, and caregivers in making health care decisions and managing health. The foundation is especially concerned with improving care for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and functional impairment. These “frequent flyers” often end up being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of an initial discharge, a sign of very poor quality care that costs the nation an estimated $17.4 billion each year.

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Unpacking Their Potential: News from Grantmakers in Aging

Earlier this year, with Hartford and SCAN Foundation support, Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) hosted two webinars as part of their new “Conversations with GIA” webinar series. This exciting, year-long series of monthly webinars focuses on topics critical to funders and others interested in improving the experience of aging in America. The first webinar featured Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

John Feather and Kathy Greenlee

Assistant Secretary Greenlee’s “Conversation” pointed to the importance of GIA’s growing membership of grantmakers in today’s policy environment (Click here to listen to the entire screencast). Particularly, the discussion examined the role of philanthropy vis-à-vis the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act and the federal budget for aging programs. Greenlee encouraged funders and others in the aging network to serve as “ambassadors for seniors,” to talk with others and advocate for the aging services needed in this country (such as Medicaid, low-income housing, and transportation). Funders, particularly at the local level, she noted, can play important roles with their counterparts in government and senior serving agencies. “I’m a big fan of GIA and the foundations that you work with,” Greenlee said.

The February 2012 “Conversation with GIA” continued to explore policy questions, this time from the states’ perspective. Entitled “More With Less: Developing Innovative State-Level Programs to Serve Older Persons in the Community,” the webinar featured Sue Birch, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, a cabinet-level position in the administration of Governor John Hickenlooper.

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