The John A. Hartford Foundation
Founded in 1929, the John A. Hartford Foundation is a committed champion of training, research and service system innovations that promote the health and independence of America’s older adults. Through its grant making, the Foundation seeks to strengthen the nation’s capacity to provide effective, affordable care to a rapidly increasing older population.
The John A. Hartford Foundation provides leadership support and partnership to the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program.
American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program
The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is delighted to partner with the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program, a highly selective non-partisan program in the nation’s Capitol. Founded in 1953, the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious congressional fellowship. More than fifty years later, the program remains devoted to its original objective of expanding knowledge and awareness of Congress throughout the United States and worldwide.
Health and Aging Policy Fellows (both residential and non-residential) participate in APSA Congressional Fellowship Program activities (see CORE Program and Components). Residential fellows are assisted by APSA Congressional Fellowship Program staff, in cooperation with the Health and Aging Policy Fellows National Program Office, with finding placements. Fellows secure their own jobs as legislative assistants in Congress by contacting member offices directly. This process takes place during the APSA orientation in November.
Gerontological Society of America (GSA)/National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
(Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program Award supported by the GSA’s National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence)
We are delighted to have a funding partnership with the Gerontological Society of America (GSA)/ National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence to fund a nursing fellow (non-residential track).
In March, 2000, the John A. Hartford Foundation Trustees endorsed an initiative to Build Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity in response to the critical needs of the field of nursing in general, and geriatric nursing in particular. The initiative has three components: support for Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (HCGNEs); scholar and fellow awards, and a Coordinating Center at the American Academy of Nursing. The goal of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program Award supported by the GSA’s National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence is to provide non-residential track support to a gerontological nurse (PhD) who will work on a policy project with brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant sites.
Healthy Aging Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The mission of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to promote health; prevent disease, injury and disability; and prepare for new health threats. CDC’s Healthy Aging Program is located within the Office of the Director of the Division of Adult and Community Health within CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The Healthy Aging Program welcomes the active participation and contributions of a non-residential Health and Aging Policy Fellow to focus on policy issues related to one of the above areas. Specific responsibilities are determined in consultation with a prospective Fellow, depending on his or her interests, experience, and expertise.
A Fellow engaged in work with CDC’s Healthy Aging Program would engage in projects such as increasing the use of clinical preventive services or enhancing mobility for older adults.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is pleased to have a funded partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support one or more VA fellows beginning 2013-14. The “VA track” is a non-residential fellowship track that allows Fellows to remain based at their local VA institution while working on policy projects that may involve brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant sites.
VA Fellows must be nominated by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations. The final selection is made by the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program based on the applicant’s commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in impacting policy.
A paid VA appointment is required prior to starting The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program as a VA Fellow, but it is not required at the time of application. Part-time VA appointments are acceptable to meet eligibility criteria. Applicants may be VA staff or trainees (e.g. Advanced Fellows).
VA trainees/employees who are interested in applying to The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program should contact Deborah Ludke, MHA at 562.826.5492, or Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org to review eligibility and initiate the nomination process.
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
We have a strong partnership with GSA whose staff has been providing assistance with marketing and developing the Aging Policy Orientation program as well as weekend workshops (see Core Program Components). In addition, GSA has provided forums to showcase our fellows and provided committed, meaningful mentoring for our fellows.
AARP has been among our long-standing partners assisting individual fellows in establishing linkages as well as developing mechanisms for potential placement of future fellows. In addition, AARP provided in-kind support through assistance with marketing and developing the Aging Policy Orientation program and weekend workshops, as well as providing office space and committed, meaningful mentoring for our fellows.
American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
AGS has been a strong and long-standing partner providing assistance with marketing and placements for future fellows. In addition, AGS provided forums to showcase our fellows and provided committed, meaningful mentoring for our fellows.
The SCAN Foundation
The SCAN Foundation is dedicated to creating a society in which seniors receive medical treatment and human services that are integrated in the setting most appropriate to their needs (www.TheSCANFoundation.org.)
The SCAN Foundation has provided financial support for a State Health Policy Institute meeting for Health and Aging Policy Fellows and continues to be an important partner for the program.