Program News

Dr. Adriana Perez in “Fast-Forward”, a John A. Hartford Foundation-sponsored PBS documentary on aging and health

Dr. Adriana Perez (2011-2012 Fellow) provided expert commentary on aging issues often overlooked by Americans of all ages in Fast-Forward, a new PBS documentary on the crucial role of family conversations and planning in healthy, successful aging. Click here to read the press release from the University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, where Dr. Perez is an Assistant Professor of Nursing. Dr. Gregory Hinrichsen (2008-2009 Fellow) was also interviewed in the documentary.

This film is sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

“The Next Chapter” continues!

This past Thursday, January 28, 2021, the official HAPF book club – “The Next Chapter” – held its second meeting to discuss the Affordable Care Act, and national healthcare reform more generally, prompted by President Barack Obama’s newest book, A Promised Land.

We’d like to especially thank Teri Kennedy (2015-2016 Fellow) and Jane Pederson (2018-2019 Fellow) for leading the book club and organizing these meetings, and all of the Fellows who have attended meetings or expressed interest in the club.

We are looking forward to our next book club meeting on April 19, 2021, from 4:00-5:30pm EDT. The book selection is Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief, by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, who will be joining us for the discussion.

HAPF at GSA 2020

Health and Aging Policy Fellows come from diverse professional disciplines and are at early, mid and senior stages of career. Their unifying passion is a commitment to learning about how to connect their work to the world of policy to have greater impact improving the lives of older adults. Many of our Fellows are showcasing their work at this year’s virtual GSA Scientific Meeting on November 4-7, 2020. Click here for a full schedule of Fellows’ activities at this year’s conference!

HAPF will also be joining The John A. Hartford Foundation for a networking event at this year’s GSA meeting, where you will have the opportunity to meet Fellows and learn more about the program. The event is on Thursday, November 5 from 4:45-5:30 PM EDT. We hope you will be able to join us! For more information about GSA 2020, please visit the conference website.

Updates from Our Fellows – Fall 2020

Health and Aging Policy Fellows work on a diverse range of aging-related issues, both in DC and nationwide – and now, virtually! Whether it’s through career progression and promotions, research, and publications, our Fellows continue to influence policies for older Americans at the federal, state, and community level. Please click here to see recent updates from our Fellows.

Fridays for the Future of Aging – The 2019-2020 Health and Aging Policy Fellows Webinar Series

For their fellowship year Policy Symposium, the 2019-2020 Health and Aging Policy Fellows organized a special three-part webinar series called Fridays for the Future of Aging. The series features experts who are shaping policy for the next decade on the timely and important topics of long-term care, workforce issues, and the global impact of aging. The webinar recordings will all be posted here:

  1. Too Little Too Late: The Past, Present and Future of Long Term Care – Friday, September 11, 2020
  2. Reimagining the Eldercare Workforce: Innovating to Improve Care – Friday, September 18, 2020
  3. Economic Security and Global Aging – Friday, September 25, 2020

Capstone Conversations with the 2019-2020 Fellows and Melissa Batchelor

For this year’s Capstone, Alumni Fellow Melissa Batchelor (2017-2018) is conducting a special interview series with the Current (2019-2020) Fellows on her podcast, This is Getting Old: Moving Towards an Age-Friendly World. Check back here weekly for new episodes!

  1. Elder Care: Past and Future with Joanne Lynn, MD, MA, MS
  2. National Alliance for Caregiving with Lisa O’Neill, DBH, MPH
  3. Senior Nutrition with Marie Gualtieri, PhD
  4. How Nurses Can Influence Health Policy with Alison Hernandez, PhD, RN
  5. The Role of Social Workers in Nursing Homes with Nancy Kusmaul, PhD, MSW
  6. Mental Health and Older Adults: Important Concerns and Future Directions with Luming Li, MD
  7. US Senate Special Committee on Aging: An Interview with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) with Thomas Eagen, PhD, MPH and Lieke van Heumen, PhD
  8. Policy Lessons from Covid with Lieke van Heumen, PhD
  9. Learning from What We’ve Lost: Protecting LTC Residents & Staff with Cinnamon St. John, MPA, MA
  10. Bringing the Washington, DC Healthcare Policy Experience to Quinnipiac University with Angela S. Mattie, Esq., MPH

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.


Updates from the Health and Aging Policy Fellows in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our healthcare system and professionals like nothing we have seen in our lifetimes. Health and Aging Policy Fellows, both past and present, are no exception. In the face of this adversity, our Fellows have risen to this vital moment in our history and continue to provide care and expertise when it is especially needed.

Click here to read updates from our Fellows in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

On behalf of the National Program Office, we would like to thank our Fellows and all frontline workers for their service to our communities and nation.