Program News

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 Current 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

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.

HAPF Program recognized in ASA interview with Bob Blancato

In January 2020, the American Society on Aging (ASA) began a Q&A series with well-regarded leaders in aging. In his interview, Bob Blancato – a longtime National Advisory Board member and mentor for the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program – mentioned our program and discussed why HAPF and programs like it are so valuable for fostering successful leadership in the field of aging. Click here to read the full interview!

Updates from our Fellows – Spring 2020

Health and Aging Policy Fellows work on a diverse range of aging-related issues, both in DC and nationwide. 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.

HAPF at GSA 2019

As in previous years, the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program was active and well-represented at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting on November 13-17, 2019. In collaboration with The John A. Hartford Foundation, HAPF hosted a reception on Thursday, November 14th, where attendees had the opportunity to meet past and present HAP Fellows and learn more about the program, and to congratulate Terry Fulmer, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation, as recipient of this year’s Donald P. Kent Award for her outstanding leadership in gerontology. HAPF also had its annual booth set up, organized by Fei Sun (2017-2018 Fellow) and staffed by many of our wonderful Fellows on each day of the conference. Our sincerest thanks to all for another year of important contributions and engagement at GSA!

 

 

Our Fellows at this year’s GSA Scientific Meeting

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 GSA Scientific Meeting on November 13-17, 2019 in Austin, TX. Click here for a full schedule of Fellows’ activities at this year’s conference!