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.
The Eldercare Workforce Alliance recently announced Amy York, a veteran health and labor advocate, as its new Executive Director. York joins the Alliance from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, where she advocated on a wide range of issues, including Medicaid, Medicare, caregiving, the Older Americans Act, and other issues surrounding aging.
The John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees has approved five grants totaling $4.73 million for projects that will lead to improved health for older adults through leadership development, advocacy, a study of health information technology, and the dissemination of two models of geriatric care focused on hospital delirium and nursing homes.
Director of the Center of Excellence at Brown University, Dr. Richard Besdine, recently published an article in The Huffington Post on elder abuse. The piece "Why Elder Abuse is Everyone's Problem", which is featured on The Huffington Posts's 'Post 50' blog,
Martha Watson, Advanced Nurse Practice Manager at Miriam Hospital and Geriatric Provider Advocate for the Rhode Island Voices for Better Health project, recently conducted the first of three training sessions with a group of nurse case managers on falls prevention for the older adult population at the Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (NHPRI). NHPRI is currently serving the long-term care needs of dual eligibles, and is expected to be part of Rhode Island’s forthcoming duals demonstration project. Along the same dialogue of falls prevention, Audrey Chun writes about a proven strategy of catching falls before they happen. Both are Geriatric Provider Advocates in the Hartford Foundation's grant with Community Catalyst who are trying to make sure that health plans and providers serving dual eligible Medicare-Medicaid populations receive high quality geriatric care.
Amy Berman was recently featured in the "Ask Me a Question" video project created by Annie Levy, creative director of the MADE VISIBLE Foundation. Each video featured in the project is designed to be an interactive teaching tool to allow students and physicians to learn firsthand about the patient’s experience of illness through the patient’s own words and images. The project was made possible through funding from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.