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AARP Purpose Prize announcement

Nominations are now open for the 2017 AARP Purpose Prize award, which will present $50,000 to five extraordinary individuals ages 50 and older who are using their life experience to make a better future for all. Established in 2005 by Encore.org, the Purpose Prize transitioned to its new home at AARP in 2016. Nominations must be received by May 12, 2017.

Source: AARP   February 2017

The Playbook: Better Care for People with Complex Needs

A new online resource to help health system leaders and insurers improve care for patients with complex medical and social needs, developed by experts at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, The Playbook: Better Care for People with Complex Needs is an initial effort to compile and share promising approaches. The Playbook offers insights about patients with complex needs, examples of successful approaches to care, guidance on making the business case for these models, and opportunities for policy and payment reform. Funded by five national health care foundations—The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The SCAN Foundation, and The Commonwealth Fund.

Source: Institute for Healthcare Improvement   December 2016

Preparing for Aging Populations in America's Cities

Preparing for Aging Populations in America's Cities is the result of a survey of more than 100 cities throughout the United States. Produced by the Conference of Mayors, in partnership with AARP, the goal of this report was to identify resources, policy changes, and infrastructure investments mayors and cities need to help older Americans age in place, and stay active members of their communities. Nine key issue areas were evaluated, revealing the priorities of our nation’s mayors and what they believe are the issues that matter most to their constituents.

Source: The United States Conference of Mayors   January 2017

Aging, Agency, and Attribution of Responsibility: Shifting Public Discourse about Older Adults

This FrameWorks Institute report is the second in the ReFraming Aging initiative. (The first was Gauging Aging: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Aging in America). It analyzes media and advocacy organizations’ narratives about aging with the goal of suggesting communications strategies. In keeping with the scholarly literature on narrative, FrameWorks defines a complete narrative as one that defines a problem or issue, states why this is a matter of concern, explains who or what causes the problem, provides a clear vision of an improved outcome, and delineates concrete actions that can be taken to remediate the problem. A central finding in this report is that a substantial amount of the information being communicated about aging and older adults in America is not organized as narrative in either media or advocacy materials.

Source: The FrameWorks Institute   September 2015

USDA Rural Development 2016 Progress Report

"USDA Rural Development’s investment portfolio is almost $216 billion; roughly equal to that of the nation’s 14th largest bank. But the real power behind the success of our loan, grant, and technical assistance programs is our partnerships with other people and providers. We have entered into partnerships at all levels—from ones in Washington, D.C., like the White House Rural Council, to ones with rural foundations and our lending partners, to grassroots projects between local USDA Rural Development employees and hometown nonprofits, real estate agents, and home builders." Foreword by Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, and Lisa Mensah, USDA Rural Development Under Secretary. Include a state-by-state progress report and thematic sections on housing, economic development, poverty, tribal nations, jobs, business, energy, and utilities.

Source: USDA Rural Development