John A. Hartford Foundation Awards $4.8 Million for Senior Care

John A. Hartford Foundation Awards $4.8 Million for Senior Care

The John A. Hartford Foundation has announced grants totaling $4.9 million in support of efforts to improve care for older adults.

Four grants were awarded for projects designed to support a national strategy for family caregiving, improve serious illness and end-of-life care, and identify ways to measure the impact of the foundation's grantmaking and programs. Recipients include the National Academy for State Health Policy, which was awarded more than $2.5 million over three years to develop a Resource and Dissemination Center that will support the work of an advisory council making recommendations for family caregiving policies and programs under the 2018 Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Act; and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which will receive $250,000 over three years to convene a second roundtable focused on promoting and accelerating the uptake of recommendations from its 2014 report.

In addition, the RAND Corporation was awarded $174,999 over nine months to identify and develop measures that inform a prospective assessment of the foundation's impact in its three priority areas — age-friendly health systems, family caregiving, and serious illness/end of life — while the Center to Advance Palliative Care at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will receive more than $1.9 million over three years to increase access to and improve the quality of community-based palliative care, improve frontline clinician skills through the foundation's Tipping Point Challenge, partner with the American Hospital Association to drive uptake of palliative care in health systems, and address financing and operational issues faced by accountable care organizations and Medicare Advantage Plans.