In order to advance our mission of improving the health of older adults, Hartford Foundation staff and grantees use the power of convenings, educational programs and publications to develop and disseminate new ideas, opportunities and best practices. We encourage you to explore the News and Events section for the latest breaking information and innovations related to the care of older adults.
For Health Affairs Grantwatch, John A. Hartford Foundation President Terry Fulmer writes about the need to design and provide good care in our hospitals and clinics, and expand that care beyond traditional boundaries with community-based services and supports.
The Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative Policy Institute provides an opportunity for Hartford Change AGEnts to gain new knowledge and acquire skills necessary to mobilize for action on policy issues that bring about improvements in health care and quality of life for older adults. Institute topics range from federal policy and regulatory change to state and local policy efforts.
Observers of the American health care system agree that older adults frequently experience care that is uncoordinated, of poor quality, and too intensive. A recent forum in Washington, DC -- jointly sponsored by Health Affairs and the National Health Policy Forum and funded by the John A Hartford Foundation -- looked at two interventions aimed at improving care and reducing costs: The Geisinger Health System’s ProvenHealth Navigator, an advanced patient-centered medical home that embeds case managers in clinics, and the Comprehensive Care Physician model at the University of Chicago Medical Center, which seeks to avoid the problems created by the lack of coordination and communication between hospitalists and primary care physicians by enabling primary care physicians to care for their patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Both approaches have been featured in articles published in Health Affairs.
In a recent op-ed titled "Lessons in End-of-Life Care From the V.A." written in the New York Times, Beeson scholar Dr. David Casarett talks about the need for surveys to address the needs of patients dealing with end-of-life care.
"If you have a serious, life-threatening illness, you’d want to be cared for in a hospital that offered the best chance of recovery and survival. But you’d also want to know that along the way, your symptoms would be controlled, and you’d have the information and support you needed to make decisions about your treatment. And at the end of life, your preferences for treatment would be honored, and you’d be comfortable and treated with respect," he writes.
EWA developed a set of candidate questions to raise awareness about issues surrounding the eldercare workforce during the 2016 campaign season. The questions cover a range of important topics and are meant to start a national dialogue on practical solutions to strengthen our eldercare workforce and improve the quality of care.