HAPF Program tribute to Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

“More than 53 million Americans provide care for adults and children who cannot care for themselves. Whether helping an aging parent, a seriously ill spouse or child or some other special person in need, those giving care often do so at a great personal sacrifice of time, energy and income.” These are the words of Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady of the United States, and founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers (RCI). In this one statement, Mrs. Carter emphasizes the common, essential, and difficult nature of the role caregivers have in the world. For this reason, among countless others, the Health and Aging Policy Fellows National Program Office team remembers Mrs. Carter fondly, as a true trailblazer and change agent in the lives of many.

Our program Founder and Director, Dr. Harold Pincus, was profoundly influenced by his time as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar in the late 1970s, when he had the opportunity to work with the former First Lady on the President’s 1978 Commission on Mental Health. He was so influenced by this experience, in fact, that it directly led to his development of The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program.

From the outset of the program in 2008, Health and Aging Policy Fellows have focused on issues impacting caregivers, and numerous alumni have contributed to caregiver work and initiatives – including but not limited to Jennifer Olsen, 2021-2022 Fellow and CEO of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers. The importance of this issue also led to the establishment of a Caregiver track within the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program, beginning with the current (2023-2024) cohort of Fellows. Funded by The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, this track enables Fellows based in Western New York and Southeastern Michigan to become effective advocates and help shape and implement family caregiving policies at the state and federal levels that would improve the lives of caregivers and those they care for.

Harold will always remember Mrs. Carter as “one of the most caring and approachable figures I’ve had the privilege to work with”, and as someone with genuine interest and compassion for doing work that truly makes a positive difference in people’s lives. The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program will continue in its ultimate goal to keep this vision alive.

HAPF Program tribute to Charles “Chuck” Feeney

We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of Charles “Chuck” Feeney, Founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies.

In 1982, Chuck decided to devote his wealth to the service of humanity through the founding of The Atlantic Philanthropies: “I had one idea that never changed in my mind—that you should use your wealth to help people.” Click here to read The Atlantic Philanthropies tribute to Chuck. The Atlantic Philanthropies has supported the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program from its founding in 2008.

With this support, the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program has provided experience and skills in health and aging policy to 193 fellows, and counting, from multiple disciplines and settings. The training and experience have enabled alumni fellows to make contributions to the health and well-being of older people through policy-relevant research, policymaking at the state and federal levels of government, and health and social care delivery. These outcomes would not have happened without the care and commitment of Chuck Feeney and the Atlantic Philanthropies.

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows National Program Office, Alumni, and Fellows are immeasurably grateful for the support of The Atlantic Philanthropies, especially that of Chuck and of Chris Langston, former Program Officer with The Atlantic Philanthropies. The John A. Hartford Foundation and West Health have extended, and are continuing to extend, this legacy and the program’s reach into the future by extending the pipeline of policy experts committed to improving the lives of older Americans.

Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH, named Editor in Chief of JAMA Internal Medicine

Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH (2016-2017 Fellow) has been named Editor in Chief of JAMA Internal Medicine, effective July 1, 2023. She previously served as an Associate Editor at JAMA Network Open. Dr. Inouye succeeds Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc, who has been Editor in Chief of JAMA Internal Medicine since 2009.

Dr. Inouye is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair and Director of the Aging Brain Center, Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife. Dr. Inouye is an internationally recognized leader in internal medicine, geriatrics, and aging research, and has made a significant impact on health and medicine through her seminal research in cognitive disorders of aging, including delirium and dementia, and through her leadership in health innovation. She has combined her clinical acumen with expertise in epidemiology, public health and public policy, to revolutionize the way we provide clinical care for older adults. She developed an innovative and cost-effective approach proven to prevent delirium and falls in older persons, the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), implemented in hundreds of hospitals worldwide.

“I am truly excited to become the next editor in chief of JAMA Internal Medicine. I hope to build on the tremendous foundation provided by Dr. Rita Redberg and her team,” said Dr. Inouye. “My vision is that JAMA Internal Medicine will provide a voice and sounding board for the internal medicine community worldwide. I believe the journal will provide the essential evidence and knowledge base to advance the field of medicine, to influence practice and policy globally, and to improve public health for all.”

Click here to read the JAMA Network press release.