The John A. Hartford Foundation has announced two grants totaling more than $2.1 million for projects aimed at improving the health of older adults through changes in healthcare policy and practices.
In partnership with Atlantic Philanthropies, the foundation awarded $1.6 million to the Health and Aging Policy Fellows program to provide support to an additional forty-four fellows. Over the next three years, the fellows will share their geriatric expertise with policy makers while receiving intensive exposure to policy making through placements at key federal agencies and offices. The fellows also will coordinate their policy change efforts with the foundation’s newly formed Hartford Change AGEnts initiative.
In addition, the foundation awarded a grant of $530,000 over two years to the Institute of Medicine and the Gerontological Society of America to help fund a new study on family caregiving of older adults. The study, which also is being funded by the Archstone Foundation and others, aims to establish a set of policy- and practice-focused recommendations that address the needs of vulnerable older adults and the families who care for them. The grant will provide $400,000 to IOM to conduct the study and $130,000 over two years to GSA in support of Hartford Change AGEnts' participation in the process.