John A. Hartford Foundation awards $4.5 million to assist seniors

John A. Hartford Foundation awards $4.5 million to assist seniors

The John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City has announced eight grants totaling $4.5 million in support of efforts to improve care for older adults.

The awards include two urgent response grants to address impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and six in the foundation's priority areas of age-friendly health systems, family caregiving, and serious illness and end-of-life care. The urgent response grants include $299,010 over six months to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in support of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes, an effort to reduce COVID-19 infections, deaths, and other harms among nursing home residents; and up to $1.2 million over eighteen months to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in support of the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes in the 21st Century, a study focused on where the United States falls short in the delivery, regulation, financing, and safety of nursing homes, as highlighted by COVID-19.

Additional grants include more than $1 million over two years to the University of California, San Francisco in support of a project to assess implementation of the Age-Friendly Health Systems 4Ms framework in four health systems; $520,190 over two years to Project Hope – The People-to-People Health Foundation in support of an ongoing partnership with the health policy journal Health Affairs, including the dissemination of a series of peer-reviewed papers, blog posts, and podcasts aimed at informing and influencing healthcare policy and practice related to older adults; and $356,700 to Twin Cities Public Television in support of outreach and community-based strategies, including the distribution of a one-hour documentary film and a toolkit of resources related to planning for aging.

"New grants totaling $4.5 million approved by JAHF board of trustees." John A. Hartford Foundation press release 06/11/2020.