Introducing the official Health and Aging Policy Fellows book club, “The Next Chapter”

On Thursday, August 13, 2020, the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program hosted its inaugural meeting of the official HAPF book club, “The Next Chapter”, created by Alumni Fellows Jane Pederson (2018-2019 Fellow) and Teri Kennedy (2015-2016 Fellow).

Our first book selection was The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness by Kelli Harding, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, who joined us for the encouraging discussion. As summed up so eloquently by our Deputy Director, Kathy Pike: “We can find ourselves in a hurried-up world where it is easy to lose track of what really matters. Layer on that the pandemic where we can lose track of our days, and life can be befuddling at times. Last Thursday’s book club meeting created space and time not only to talk about kindness but to experience kindness as well.”

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped organize this first meeting, and we look forward to the many more to come!

Dr. Sharon Inouye publishes article in JAGS detailing her HAPF fellowship project with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation at CMS

As part of her fellowship year (2016-2017) at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation at CMS, Dr. Sharon Inouye worked on successful implementation of the Mobility Action Group (MACT), a quality improvement initiative, which was achieved at 76% of participating hospital sites. We are proud of this meaningful accomplishment which will surely improve the health care and lives of older adults. Read more about the project here: Mobility Action Group: Using Quality Improvement Methods to Create a Culture of Hospital Mobility. Additionally, the Mobility Change Package and Toolkit is available at this link.