The Aging and Disability Business Institute

About the Aging and Disability Business Institute

The Aging and Disability Business Institute (Business Institute) is led by The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) in partnership with Partners in Care Foundation, Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, Independent Living Research Utilization, the Evidence-Based Leadership Council and the American Society on Aging.

Together, these organizations provide community-based organizations (CBOs) with the tools and resources to successfully adapt to a changing health care environment, enhance their organizational capacity and capitalize on emerging opportunities to diversify funding. Serving as the national focal point to build the business acumen of CBOs, the Business Institute focuses on building skills and knowledge across business disciplines, while looking ahead to the future of aging and disability services.


The Aging and Disability Business Institute’s mission is to build and strengthen partnerships between community-based organizations (CBOs) and the health care system—a vision intended to improve the health and well-being of America’s older adults and people with disabilities through improved and increased access to quality services and evidence-based programs. Such access can help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and independence in their homes and communities.

Building the business capacity of aging and disability CBOs, enabling them to effectively contract with health care payers, will ultimately lead to improved quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities through better integration and coordination of a wide array of medical and social services and supports.


The Business Institute is made possible through generous support of The Aging and Disability Business Institute is funded by The SCAN Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Administration for Community Living, the Gary and Mary West Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation, and the Colorado Health Foundation.


Read the first annual edition of The Generations Field Guide, containing 14 articles covering an overview section, next steps and challenges in building high-value partnerships, and managed care models. The final article – The Common Denominator: A Secret Sauce for Success – written by Partners’ President and CEO, June Simmons, and Vice President, Sandy Atkins, discusses how to build successful partnerships with healthcare payers and providers.

Finding Champions: Five Key Steps to Advance Your Cause In this recent blog post for the Business Institute, June Simmons, Partners’ President and CEO, talks about finding advocates within healthcare organizations that can champion your cause and open doors to the all-important financial and contracting decision makers.

Whistlestop Takes a Human-Centered, Measured Approach to Managed Care. Article about the formation of a new paradigm where nonprofits approach funding by being a business partner for healthcare providers and payers.

Winning the Contract: New Revenue Stream for Community Organizations. This case study, written by Sandy Atkins, VP Strategic Initiatives, highlights steps for how this CBO contracted with a health payer to provide social services for supporting better health outcomes and building a new revenue stream.

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