The John A. Hartford Foundation has announced three grants totaling more than $3.2 million in support of efforts to improve emergency department care for older adults, ensure access to quality care for adults with serious long-term illnesses, and assist state governments in developing palliative care programs.
To that end, the New York City-based foundation awarded $2.16 million over three years to the American Geriatrics Society and American College of Emergency Physicians to establish a coordinating center for the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative, which comprises a group of interdisciplinary faculty, nine GEDC sites, and the Emergency Nurses Association and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, in addition to ACEP and AGS. Funded in partnership with the West Health Institute, GEDC will conduct training for emergency department personnel, develop online educational curricula, and study the efficacy of geriatric emergency department interventions.
The foundation also awarded a renewal grant of $615,000 over two years to the Center for Medicare Advocacy to help ensure that Medicare provides access to coverage and care for older adults with serious long-term illnesses. The funding will support capacity-building activities in the areas of outreach and education with respect to home healthcare access, hospital observation status, and elder mistreatment in nursing homes, as well as the center's efforts to ensure that vulnerable older adults receive the care they need.
And a grant of $449,509 over twenty-six months was awarded to the National Academy for State Health Policy in support of efforts to highlight effective and innovative state practices and develop model legislation as well as contract and regulatory guidance that supports state implementation of palliative care programs and services.