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::: December 2017
Invitation to Innovation Initiative
One of philanthropy’s most important functions is to lift up the people our system cannot or does not serve well and champion new ways to meet their needs. That’s why Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) and Grantmakers In Health (GIH) are pleased to announce an exciting funders-only learning event: An Invitation to Innovation: Better Grantmaking, Better Care, Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations and Communities.

This immersive, one-day, funders-only workshop, taking place on January 30, 2018, in La Jolla, CA, offers an opportunity to explore evidence-based innovations and models of care that improve health equity and champion system transformation addressing critical social determinants of health.

The event will include leading experts and experienced practitioners, with plenty of time for interactive sharing and learning, for program staff from foundations of any size to strengthen their grantmaking on behalf of vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations, including youth, older adults, LGBTQI people, low-income communities, immigrants, and people of color.

Attendance will be limited to 40-50 participants and we anticipate more interest than we can accommodate, so we urge you to respond early. You can register here and more details are available here. We hope to see you in La Jolla!

Reframing Aging is a new way of communicating about aging, guided by social science research from the renowned FrameWorks Institute. Embracing the movement — and integrating these innovative ideas into your daily work — requires more than reviewing the published materials on your own. That’s why I’m excited to introduce ReFraming Aging for All, a new communications training program we’re offering for GIA members.

Led by FrameWorks-certified Master Trainers, this program offers a one-day, hands-on Reframing Aging communications seminar to improve approaches to writing, depicting, and talking about aging. Participants (limited to 20 total) may include trustees, senior foundation staff, communications and program officers, key grantees, local business leaders, and government officials. GIA will also work with foundations to customize the offering and structure the training.

To learn more, visit the GIA website. Or contact Maria Gonzales Jackson, GIA Director of Membership and Programs, by email or by calling 703.413.0413 x102. 

Explore ReFraming Aging and Ageism: Video Lectures
Want to know more about what ReFraming Aging is all about? Explore this series of short videos, “ReFraming Aging and Ageism,” from the FrameWorks Academy. This series is free but requires registration and no-cost “purchase” to allow the Frameworks Institute to track visitors and conduct feedback surveys, which will be shared with GIA. Click here to learn more.

Are you looking for an opportunity to be more involved with GIA? Consider joining the Annual Conference Program Committee, which meets in person once and conducts about four to six conference calls during the year. This committee helps in selecting topics for the Annual Conference, suggests plenary speakers, and reviews session proposals. To learn more about serving on the committee, contact Maria Gonzales Jackson.

Rural Age-friendly Educational Forum in the Adirondacks
“The Economic Case for Age-Friendly Communities” was the focus of a day-long educational forum at which John Feather recently presented in the rural Adirondacks region of upstate New York. The event was organized by Mercy Care for the Adirondacks and supported by the Adirondack Foundation and Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network. You can hear comments from Greg Olsen, acting director of the New York State Office for the Aging here, and comments from John here.

Mercy Care’s Educational Forum at Paul Smith’s College on November 9, 2017: Donna Beal, Executive Director, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks; Billy Jones, NYS Assemblyman; John Feather, Ph.D., CEO Grantmakers In Aging; Jerry Hayes, Board President, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks.



Gary and Mary West Named San Diego’s 2017 Outstanding Philanthropists
West Health founders Gary and Mary West were named “Outstanding Philanthropists” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego chapter. For more than 10 years, this power couple has granted more than $185 million through the Gary and Mary West Foundation, allowing older adults to age with dignity, quality of life, and independence. Watch the video tribute.

The SCAN Foundation Awards Pacesetter Prizes to Four States
State government leaders in Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Wisconsin received Pacesetter Prizes from The SCAN Foundation for progress made in improving the lives of older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. Learn more here.

AARP Releases New Study on Social Isolation and Health Costs
The study is the first to examine whether social isolation also affects health care spending among older adults and finds that a lack of social contacts among older adults is associated with an estimated $6.7 billion in additional Medicare spending annually. Learn more here.

Alzheimer’s Survey: Your Participation Is Important!
The Alzheimer’s Association and the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) are conducting a national survey to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, identify gaps in knowledge, and identify effective tactics to engage Latino communities across the country. Widespread participation is crucial, so please share these links with your networks:

Survey in English 
Survey in Spanish 

Health and Aging Policy Fellows Accepting 2018 Applications
A unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to receive the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans. Sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies. Learn more, including the dates of applicant information sessions, here.

Age-Friendly Communities and Rural America: The Transportation Challenge
Jan. 18, 2017 2:00 PM EST

There are approximately 10 million people age 65 and older living in rural America and small towns where transportation options tend to be more limited. Access to transportation is a huge determining factor in aging well; in fact, transportation:
  • Is critical for community engagement, independence, and self-determination.
  • Is key to combat isolation
  • Supports economic security and volunteerism
  • Provides access to healthcare and preventive services, nutrition, and other social opportunities 
  • Provides much needed support to caregivers
As the age-friendly movement takes root in rural America, it is changing in response to the specific dynamics and character of rural communities. Join us as we hear from representatives of two foundations and one local association of governments who embrace the fundamental need for rural aging transportation, and have taken the first steps to build and fund programs, and championed the importance of partnerships.

Register here.

Moderator: John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging

Laura Mason, MA, Program Officer, May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
Andrew Levack, MPH, Senior Program Officer, St. David’s Foundation
Amy St. Peter, MPA, Assistant Director, Maricopa Association of Governments


Conversations with GIA
GIA is excited to announce that Atul Gawande, MD, author of “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” will join us for a special webinar celebrating five years of our “Conversations with GIA” series sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation. The event is scheduled for February 16, so please save the date! Details to follow


    GIA Member
    Cambia Health Foundation Seeks Executive Director
    The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction over corporate foundation efforts; increasing national visibility and positive brand recognition; and overseeing the investments that transform health care, and promote a person-focused and economically sustainable health care system. Position is located in Portland, OR. Learn more here

    Peterson Center on Healthcare Seeks Associate Director of Dissemination
    The position requires using advance human factors engineering and behavior change management skill-set to promote delivery transformation towards high-value care in various delivery settings and is located in New York, NY. Learn more here

    Learning Update: Improving Healthcare for High-Need Patients
    From the Peterson Center on Healthcare. Read it here.

    A Report on Demographics, Programs, and Services for an Age- and Dementia-Friendly
    Commonwealth: What We Have and What We Need

    A Massachusetts case study by the UMass Boston Gerontology Center, supported by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Read it here

    Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for Employers
    Prepared by the Northeast Business Group on Health, an employer-led coalition of healthcare leaders and other stakeholders, and supported by AARP. Read it here

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
    January 30, 2018
    An Invitation to Innovation: Better Grantmaking, Better Care, Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations and Communities

    One-day funders-only learning event, La Jolla, CA
    May 2-3, 2018
    GIA Rural Transportation Summit
    Berkeley, CA

    October 17–19, 2018
    2018 GIA Annual Conference

    Memphis, TN
    The Peabody

    Not yet a GIA member? Consider these exclusive benefits available to all GIA members:

    GIA’s Annual Conference (with a special member discount)

    Members-only opportunities to propose, design, and lead Annual Conference sessions

    Trustees and CEOs meetings at Annual Conference

    Special members-only webinar series

    Special members-only search engine focused on member Web sites

    Private GIA membership and grants directory

    Opportunity to join funders-only collaboratives: Age-friendly Communities, and Rural Aging

    Opportunities to share your projects and news and have GIA promote them


    To learn more about GIA membership or how to join, please contact Maria Gonzales Jackson.

    Grantmakers In Aging
    2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 504
    Arlington, VA 22202
    Phone 703.413.0413

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