The John A. Hartford Foundation has awarded The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), a 3-year grant of nearly $3 million to support the development of a National Resource Center to advance business acumen in the aging services network. The Center will provide training and disseminate tools that help community-based organizations contract with health systems to deliver social services integrated with medical care that can help keep older adults, as healthy, strong and independent as possible.
This initiative builds on investments by The John A. Hartford Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Administration for Community Living, through the Partners in Care Foundation, to help Area Agencies on Aging and other home and community services organizations develop the business skills and systems needed to partner with health plans and providers. The works encourages systems to expand access to evidence-based health self-management programs, nutritious food, transportation, and other services for older adults and people living with disabilities.
Speaking about the grant, Partners in Care Foundation’s CEO, June Simmons, commented “The grant will enable the continued implementation of strategies to support the integration of healthcare and social services, which we know leads to dramatically improved health for older adults through improved care models and lower costs to the healthcare system.”