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JAHF E-News | September 19, 2017

Announcing $3.6 Million in New Grants

The John A. Hartford Foundation is building on its record of improving care of older adults with the announcement of $3.6 million in grants to five organizations: the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), AARP Foundation, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education, and Columbia University. This funding will help create age-friendly health systems by supporting initiatives to develop quality measures that matter to older adults, proposing Medicare payment models for rehabilitation services in the home, and identifying best practices for hospitals to support family caregivers. Some projects, such as The John A. Hartford Foundation State Aging Index from Columbia University, are an expansion and refinement of previous work. Other initiatives, such as Advancing Legal and Medical Collaboration in Advance Care Planning, bridge multiple sectors for a holistic approach to end-of-life care.    

Bridging Workforce and Knowledge Gaps to Improve Care of Older Adults

Almost nine million family caregivers assisting older adults must perform complex medical or nursing tasks with very little training or support, according to a 2012 JAHF-funded study from AARP and United Hospital Fund. Additionally, experts estimate that 3.5 million trained health care workers will be needed by 2030 just to maintain current needs for older Americans. Building on these results, a new $1.4 million JAHF grant for the AARP-led Home Alone Alliance will develop materials and trainings to help nurses and other health professionals better engage family caregivers. Congress has also taken notice of the challenges facing both family caregivers and the strained geriatrics workforce: one bipartisan bill supports funding for a Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program and the Geriatric Academic Career Awards to ensure clinicians are equipped to care for older Americans and support their family caregivers.

A new JAHF-supported collaborative aims to improve emergency care for older adults.


The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care releases serious illness framework.


How are skilled nursing facilities handling extreme weather like Hurricane Irma? 


An update from JAHF and IHI in JAGS on the need for age-friendly health systems.


Register Today: A POLITICO conversation in DC on Aging in America. 

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