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::: June 2017

GIA MemberFROM JOHN FEATHER
Celebrating Diversity: Nominations Open for the 2017 GIA Diversity Award
What do SAGE, Pueblo of Zuni and Jewish Family Service of New Mexico, and the Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly have in common? They all have a vision of social justice and a track record of success in service of that vision, and they have all been honored with the GIA Diversity Award.
 
Presented at the GIA Annual Conference, the Diversity Award celebrates national, regional, and local individuals, programs, and organizations that embrace diversity as a fundamental element in all levels of their work in aging. GIA believes that diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, age, gender, race, national origin, religious beliefs, physical abilities and characteristics, sexual orientation, economic circumstances and lifestyle, or gender expression.

Nominations are open until July 11 and self-nominations are welcome. This is a wonderful way to raise up a grantee, colleague, or institution doing great work. Nomination instructions and application form are available here. Please feel free to share them. Nomination forms should be submitted electronically to Emily Baransy at ebaransy@GIAging.org with “2017 GIA Diversity Award” in the subject line.



GIA MemberCONFERENCE NEWS
Learn About Long-Term Care in Boston
Every year, we schedule site visits during the Annual Conference so our attendees can learn about aging solutions in the area, and this year in Boston, we’ll be visiting two long-term care facilities. The Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly is an affordable, independent nonsectarian housing community with programs and services designed to promote healthy aging. The Chelsea Jewish Lifecare Leonard Florence Center for Living, the first urban model Green House® in the country, provides long-term and post-acute care in real homes. We hope you’ll join us on the first day of the Conference, Wednesday, October 18, to set out and explore either one of these industry-leading care facilities! Stay tuned for more information and look out for a program brochure, which will be mailed in July.


 

GIA Member NEWS FROM AND FOR OUR MEMBERS
Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging (TSLCA) Launches New Website
The TSLCA website has gone through a transformation to become more user-friendly for community leaders in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont seeking information about programs and models that are working in other communities. Funders include GIA members Endowment for Health, Maine Community Foundation, and the Maine Health Access Foundation. Click here to check out the new and improved website.

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New Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO
Richard Besser, MD, officially stepped into the role in April 2017. Click here to learn more about Richard.

GIA Member Tufts Health Plan Foundation Gains New Senior Program Officer
Phillip González has joined the Foundation as its new senior program officer overseeing community investments. Click here to learn more about Phillip.
 
GIA Member The John A. Hartford Foundation Welcomes New Program Officer
Jane Carmody, DNP, MBA, BSW, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, has joined JAHF as a new program officer. Click here to learn more about Jane.

Commonwealth Fund Examines AHCA Impact on Older People
Writing on the Fund’s To the Point blog, president David Blumenthal, MD, and vice president for health care coverage and access Sara Collins report that coverage losses would be borne disproportionately by people with low and moderate incomes and particularly by older people who purchase their own coverage. Read more here.

Age-Friendly Communities Conference Materials Available
GIA collaborated with FSG, a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change, to hold the Age-Friendly Communities Conference in April, funded by a grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation. The conference explored how the collective impact approach can advance age-friendly work. Presentation decks and handouts are available on the Tufts Health Plan Foundation website.

Save the Date: 2017 LTSS Summit
The SCAN Foundation’s 2017 Annual Long-Term Services and Supports Summit will take place October 26, 2017, at the Sacramento Convention Center. Click here to learn more.

AARP Foundation Expands “Summer of Service to Seniors”
AARP Foundation’s effort to increase economic opportunities and social connections that help prevent and reduce senior poverty is expanding with a five-city series of meal-packing events totaling four million meals. The project culminates in a two-day event on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on September 10 and 11. Learn more here.

Long-Term Care in America: Who Should be Responsible?
The 2017 Long-Term Care survey, conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research with funding from The SCAN Foundation, finds less than half of older Americans say their community is doing a good job of meeting older adults’ needs for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health care aides to provide long-term care. Read more here.

GIA Rural Aging Guide Discussed in
Philanthropy Daily
In “Help for the Heartland,” Philanthropy Daily discusses GIA’s New Frontiers for Funding guide, saying, “The rural-urban divide is increasingly coming to be seen as the defining fault line in American life. ... A new charitable initiative proposes to address this most dramatic of separations. … Perhaps this new little program will suggest a way forward for Big Philanthropy.” Click here to read the full article.


PREPARE for Your Care Strengthens Advance Care Planning: New Study
Giving older patients an advance directive form and showing them a user-friendly website is highly effective in empowering them to have conversations with families, friends, and clinicians and plan for their future medical care without direct clinician involvement, training or education. PREPARE for Your Care is an online resource in English and Spanish developed at UC San Francisco with funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Additional funders include the California Health Care Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Learn more here.



GIA MemberUPCOMING WEBINARS
Webinars from Other Organizations
Tufts Health Plan Foundation: How to Apply for a Grant
Information Session and Webinar

Tuesday, June 27, 9:30–11am ET
To answer questions about how they fund, Tufts Health Plan Foundation is hosting an interactive session on the Foundation’s grant application process and the impact they want to make with their investments. This session will discuss their over-arching strategy with specific information on their Policy and Advocacy focus area. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with their staff and share feedback in smaller groups. Those who have attended previous sessions tell us that they also found it helpful to connect with other potential grantees and discuss issues of common interest. Click here to register for the in-person information session (recommended) or register to attend the webinar.


::: Missed a webinar? Get caught up with this list of past GIA webinars and find recordings of past webinars on our YouTube channel.

    GIA Member
    GRANTS AND AWARDS
    National Grant Awarded to Age-Friendly Berkshires
    Age-Friendly Berkshires and Berkshire Regional Planning have been awarded a $50,000 competitive transportation grant through the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) to offer medical transportation to remote areas of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, create a central scheduling hub, and develop an app for drivers. Learn more.
     
    GIA Member
    David Blumenthal Honored for Services to Health Research
    Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, MD, is the 2017 recipient of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research. The prize recognizes the contributions of health services researchers who have had a significant impact on the public’s health in one of three areas: health services management, health policy development, and health care delivery. Read more.


    GIA Member
    JOB OPENINGS
    The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Seeks Program Associate
    The Program Associate will primarily support the Program Director for Israel and lead the Foundation’s Small Grants Program. Applications are due no later than June 16, 2017. Click here to learn more and apply.



    GIA MemberRESOURCES
    Elder Abuse Toolkit Now Available
    The Talking Elder Abuse toolkit from the FrameWorks Institute helps aging experts and advocates increase public understanding of why elder abuse is a matter of public concern and what solutions can be most effective. Click here to access the full toolkit. Sponsored by Archstone Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, and Grantmakers In Aging.

    Age-Friendly Boston Action Plan Now Available
    Bostons mayor and Elderly Commission have launched an Age-Friendly Boston Action Plan, a blueprint to make Boston the best city and place to live for older adults within three years. Partners include AARP, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and UMass Boston. At the state level, Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation, was also named to the state’s first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, which recently held its first meeting. Click here for more information.
     
    New Toolkit Helps Reduce Antipsychotic Drugs for Dementia
    The Long Term Care Community Coalition has released the Dementia Care & Antipsychotic Drugging Advocacy toolkit to reduce off-label use of antipsychotics for those with dementia and to provide residents, families and those who work with them easy-to-use and accessible information to support improved care, quality of life, and dignity for people with dementia. The project is supported by the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. Find the toolkit here.

    New Intergenerational Report from The Eisner Foundation and Generations United
    I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, The Old, and What We Can Achieve Together highlights national examples of pioneers reuniting the generations and making their communities better places to live. It includes a new public opinion survey on how Americans of all ages feel about the young and the old uniting. Click here to access the report.


    GIA MemberIMPORTANT DATES
    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
     
    :::June 21–23
    GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy
    Boston, MA
     
    :::July 23–27
    IAGG and The Gerontological Society of America 2017 World Congress
    San Francisco, CA

    :::October 18–20
    GIA Annual Conference
    Boston, MA
    Grantmakers In Aging
    2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 504
    Arlington, VA 22202
    Phone 703.413.0413

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