The John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees approved four new grants totaling $1.67 million in June 2017 to improve the care of older adults with complex needs across care settings.

Harvard University: Understanding Information Continuity and its Impact on Care for Older Adults ($898,426 for two years)

This project will lead to improvements in care continuity for older adults through research on the ways that information continuity affects patients as they transition between care settings. The project team will collect new, and analyze existing, qualitative and quantitative data on what constitutes effective information continuity for ensuring safe and effective transitions from the hospital to post-acute care settings. In addition, the project will convene a summit and share results with key stakeholders and health systems.

National PACE Foundation: PACE 2.0 - Adapting and Disseminating PACE to Serve High-Need, High-Cost Populations ($397,793 for two years)

PACE (Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) enable older adults to avoid nursing home placement by providing coordinated medical and social services to frail, low-income elders and currently serves about 40,000 older adults. With the goal of scaling the PACE model to serve a total of 200,000 older adults, this project has three components: 1) identify new subpopulations PACE could serve such as Veterans and the disabled, 2) develop strategies for scale and spread to achieve a five-fold increase in PACE services, and 3) promote implementation of the spread and scale strategies.

University of California, Los Angeles: Dissemination of a Comprehensive Dementia Care Program that Focuses on Patients and Caregivers Planning Grant ($298,887 for one year)

This one-year planning grant will develop resources, partnerships, and a strategy for the planned dissemination of the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program. The work includes convening stakeholders to guide the project and facilitate dissemination, creating an online training course for nursing Dementia Care Managers, and developing an implementation plan including identifying potential adoption sites in preparation for a subsequent dissemination phase.

Fordham University: Documentary Treatment of “The Best Years: A Film about the Last Phase of Life” ($75,000 for seven months)

This project will support the first phase of developing a major national television documentary about the planning and decisions that should be made by individuals and their families in advance of a life-limiting diagnosis. At the conclusion of this phase, a proposal will be brought to the Board to move the project into the filming and production phase.