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::: March 2017

If you lived through the 1980s and are an advertising buff, you may remember the classic American Express slogan: “Membership has its privileges.” That is true here at GIA as well. We have learned, however, that not everyone is aware of how we define membership. Everyone who is associated with any organization that is a GIA member is automatically a member as well. This includes all staff, leadership, and trustees.

We’d like to have all these folks on our email lists, sign them up for Aging Matters, invite them to the Annual Conference, and generally include them in everything we do. If you want to see who is on our list now, you can go to the Member Directory in the members-only portal and click on the header “Organization Name.” Please help us by emailing contacts for all your Board and staff members to Maria Gonzales-Jackson, director of Membership and Programs.

Now Accepting Proposals
GIA is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for our 2017 Annual Conference. This is an opportunity for GIA Members to help the national Program Planning Committee build a content-rich program by submitting interactive, innovative session proposals. For detailed instructions about how to submit a session, as well as a timeline of key deadlines related to the process, please visit the GIA website.

For more details about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the GIA website or contact Darla Minnich, Director of Conferences.


Leaders of Major Health Systems to Discuss Importance of Health Coverage in Driving Innovation, Improving Quality of Care
On Monday, March 6 at 1pm ET, health system leaders from around the county will meet for a panel discussion, “Too Much to Lose: Protecting Patients, Protecting Progress in Health Care,” in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club to discuss Medicaid expansion, the ACA, and innovation. The event is open to the public.

Sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund, Missouri Foundation for Health, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation.

Retirement Research Foundation Invites Funders to Replicate Program
Houses of worship meet the most pressing needs of their communities, yet because of physical barriers, their facilities are often beyond the reach of many. The Retirement Research Foundation’s Accessible Faith Grant program helped houses of worship make their facilities accessible; now RRF is pleased funders across the nation can incorporate this low-cost, high-return program in their grantmaking. Find resources here.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces New President and CEO
Richard Besser, MD, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). He is also ABC News’ current chief health and medical editor and former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click here to learn more.

Outgoing RWJF president Risa Lavizza-Mourey will join the University of Pennsylvania as the institution’s nineteenth Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor.
Alzheimer’s Disease Research Report for Funders
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and the Santa Barbara Foundation, in partnership with the American Federation for Aging Research, have released “Effective Translation of Alzheimer’s Disease Research: Opportunities for Private Philanthropy,” providing information to philanthropic leaders on the role private philanthropy can play in translating basic discoveries in Alzheimer’s disease into effective therapies for patients.
Video: The Playbook for Better Care
Collaboration between multiple funders helped drive development of “The Playbook: Better Care for People with Complex Needs.” Click here to hear from John Lumpkin of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, John Blumenthal of The Commonwealth Fund, Terry Fulmer of The John A. Hartford Foundation, Jeffrey Selberg of the Peterson Center on Healthcare, and Bruce Chernof of The SCAN Foundation.
ACA Policy News
For those following the repeal debate for the Affordable Care Act, two GIA members have resources to offer. The California Health Care Foundation offers a California-focused ACA Repeal Resource Page and The Commonwealth Fund has reports and publications on its ACA Repeal Debate page.

New Thought Leadership from GIA Members
GIA Member
GIA Member
Terry Fulmer of The John A. Hartford Foundation writes, “Let’s Work Together To Improve Care For Older Adults With Complex Needs” in Health Affairs.

Conversations with GIA
Purposeful Aging: A Model for a New Life Course
Monday, March 6, 2–3pm ET

Older adults today are healthier and more vibrant than generations past and represent a formidable human capital asset. They offer not just the wisdom of age, but experience and skills that enrich families, as well as work, educational and social settings. Millions of them are seeking new pathways to purpose. Presenters Paul H. Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging; Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, and Trent Stamp, CEO, The Eisner Foundation, will discuss how purposeful aging is correlated with longer life, better health, emotional resilience, and the advancement of our children; and some ways in which we all can play a role in the solution.

Co-Sponsored by The Eisner Foundation and The John A. Hartford Foundation.

Click here to learn more and register.

Members-Only Webinars

Long Term Services and Supports: What is Next in an Era of Block Grants?
Wednesday, March 29, 23pm EST

Presenter: Cheryl Phillips, MD, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Health Services, LeadingAge, Washington, DC

This webinar will look more closely at the impact of proposals to move some major federal programs like Medicaid and housing assistance into block grants to states. How would this impact Medicaid low-income housing for the elderly and programs to provide services in the community? The webinar will also discuss the possibility of public-private partnerships that include philanthropy.
ACA Replacement Plans: Comparison and Political Reality
Monday, April 24, 2–3pm EST
Presenter: Judith Gorsuch, JD, Vice President and Counsel, Hart Health Strategies, Inc.

In the first few months of the 115th Congress, Republicans have announced no fewer than three replacement plans for the Affordable Care Act. This webinar will provide an overview of the various replacement plans, highlight their similarities and differences, and how they could affect care for seniors. Finally, the webinar will discuss the political realities around any final, unified replacement plan, and how you might help provide meaningful input to legislators.
Register via the link in members-only emails or contact Maria Gonzales Jackson.

::: 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
    Submit Nominations for the 2017 AARP Purpose Prize™ Award
    AARP is now accepting nominations for the AARP Purpose Prize, a $50,000 award that goes to five exceptional individuals who use their life experience to create social change, to celebrate their achievements and help broaden their scope of work. Click here to learn more and submit nominations.

    Hebrew SeniorLife $900K Project Will Test Housing with Supportive Services Model
    According to Hebrew SeniorLife, the test could reveal that supportive services housing models could improve quality of life and reduce medical costs for adults living in affordable housing, potentially saving the healthcare system billions of dollars every year. Click here to learn more.

    ACA Repeal Seen Thwarting State Addiction Efforts
    As Congress and the President debate replacing the Affordable Care Act, health care professionals and advocates for the poor are cautioning that any cut in federal funding for low-income addiction treatment could reverse much of the progress against the nation’s worsening opioid epidemic. Click here to learn more.

    Medicare “Death Panel” Fears, Legislation Re-emerges For End-of-Life Counseling
    A bill has been introduced to congress, the Protecting Life Until Natural Death Act, which would revoke Medicare reimbursement for end-of-life treatment sessions for 57 million Medicare patients. Click here to learn more.

    Psychotropic Drug Use By Older Adults Increases, Especially in Rural Areas
    A new analysis in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that the inappropriate prescribing of drugs to older people is more common than previously thought. Click here to read more.

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
     :::March 6, 1pm ET
    Panel Discussion: “Too Much to Lose: Protecting Patients, Protecting Progress in Health Care”
    National Press Club
    Washington, D.C.

    :::March 6, 23pm ET
    Purposeful Aging: A Model for a New Life Course

    :::March 29, 23pm ET
    Long Term Services and Supports: What is Next in an Era of Block Grants?
    GIA Members-Only Webinar
    :::April 24, 23pm ET
    ACA Replacement Plans: Comparison and Political Reality
    GIA Members-Only Webinar

    :::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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