The John A. Hartford Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $3.28 million in support of efforts to improve the delivery and quality of health care for older adults.
A three-year renewal grant of $1.5 million was awarded to advocacy organization Community Catalyst to expand the partnership between healthcare professionals and consumer advocates in its Voices for Better Health initiative, which aims to ensure that integrated health plans for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid deliver high-quality care. In partnership with the SCAN Foundation, JAHF also awarded a two-year, $1.2 million renewal grant to the National Committee for Quality Assurance for two projects — to develop and test accreditation standards for the coordination of long-term supports and services in health plans and community-based organizations, and to develop performance measures focused on outcomes identified by older adults as important.
In addition, the foundation awarded a three-year, $515,650 grant in support of the ReFraming Aging initiative, a collaborative effort to counter negative beliefs about aging that create barriers to improving the care of older adults. With support from six foundations, eight organizations including AARP, the American Federation for Aging Research, and Grantmakers in Aging will work to develop counter-messages, alternative metaphors, and ways of "re-framing" public understanding of aging to motivate public action.