Since 1982, The John A. Hartford Foundation has authorized more than $565 million in aging and health grants. Foundation grants made under the past strategic plan currently support dozens of programs that span the spectrum of academic and clinical training. These programs have increased the nation's capacity and ability to serve older adults by engaging doctors, nurses, and social workers at all the stages of their professional formation and growth. Grants were made in two priority areas:
Academic Geriatrics and Training
The Foundation supported efforts in selected academic medical centers and other health settings to strengthen the geriatric training of America 's physicians, nurses and social workers. Grantmaking portfolios under this strategy were organized by profession: Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work and focused on developing with faculty with geriatrics expertise or infusing curricula with aging-related content. Most of the Foundation’s active faculty development initiatives within the Academic Geriatrics and Training area were renewed in 2012 for three to five years of continuation.
Integrating and Improving Services
The Foundation supported a number of sustainable efforts to improve and integrate the system of health care services needed by elders. The emphasis in the Integrating and Improving Services portfolio was on nationally replicable models, many of which continue under the Foundation's current grant programs.