The John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees approved three new grants totaling $833,000 in December 2017 to disseminate evidence and tools that can improve cost and quality outcomes for older adults and to promote policies that strengthen the eldercare workforce.
Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation:
Health Affairs – Publishing and Disseminating Lessons on Innovative Health Care Models for an Aging Population ($496,000 for two years)
The John A. Hartford Foundation will continue to partner with Health Affairs, the country’s leading health policy journal, to advance best practices in the care of older adults and position aging and health policy issues as central to the national health care dialogue. Over the two years of this renewal grant, Health Affairs will convene health care experts to inform the content of the journal’s Aging and Health series, solicit and publish at least 10-14 peer-reviewed papers on geriatric models of care and related topics, hold a briefing in Washington, DC, and leverage the journal’s media and social media outreach to disseminate articles. As a new component of the project, there will also be a featured page on the Health Affairs website highlighting the series.
The Tides Center: Eldercare Workforce Alliance ($200,000 for two years)
A two-year renewal grant to the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA), a coalition of 31 national organizations representing an array of stakeholders from consumers and family caregivers to health care professionals, will support the alliance’s goal to develop policy solutions that ensure an adequate and competent age-friendly workforce. During the course of the grant, EWA will engage in education and outreach activities that protect and advance federal and state policies to strengthen the workforce caring for an aging America, including the building of state coalitions starting with North Carolina and Maryland.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Continued Development of the Better Care Playbook ($137,000 for one year)
This renewal grant continues the Foundation’s partnership with four other funders to improve outcomes for adults with complex health and social needs by helping health care organizations participating in value-based payment adopt evidence-based models and practices. As one step toward this aim, the five foundations - The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation - have partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to create the Better Care Playbook, an online tool for health system leaders that is now populated with approximately 180 resources. The Playbook provides users with the best available knowledge about promising approaches to improve care for people with complex needs and encourages users to test best practices in their own care settings.