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Engaging Philanthropy in Complex Care

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Better Care for People with Complex Needs

People with complex health and social needs such as chronic conditions, behavioral health issues, food insecurity, homelessness, and trauma often encounter a health care system that is poorly coordinated, inefficient, and expensive. Current systems must do a better job meeting their needs and lowering the overall costs of care.  

Grantmakers In Aging (GIA), in association with Grantmakers In Health (GIH), is working with the Six Foundations Collaborative on Engaging Philanthropy in Complex Care: an initiative to help funders identify opportunitiess to accomplish these goals by supporting health system transformation and scaling and spreading evidence-based models for delivering complex care. 

The centerpiece of this work is the Playbook for Better Care, which includes the new Blueprint for Complex Care. Compiled by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the Playbook provides a variety of resources and approaches. The initiative also includes educational webinars, an opportunity to submit resources and case studies to the Playbook, and a national program map.


WEBINAR: Integrating Nurses into Complex Care Teams. Thursday, January 17, 2019, 1:00pm ET. Presenters: Moderator: Kathy Duncan, RN, Faculty, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN,  University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute; Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN, Health Equity and Social Justice Endowed Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Register and more details at bit.ly/2CrnYyO

BLOG: "Implementing the ‘How’ That Is Right for You" – Reflections from Jay Want, MD, Executive Director of the Peterson Center on Health on how philanthropy can use the Playbook to improve care for those who need it most. At bit.ly/2BwIpsj.

The Six Foundations Collaborative

A collaborative of six national foundations supporting this work is made up of The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The SCAN Foundation, and Milbank Memorial Fund.

Past activities

  • The GIA/GIH Invitation to Innovation conference, held in La Jolla, CA in January 2018 (find the agenda and presentations on this page)
  • Three webinars, including:

Better Care for Complex Needs: Priorities for the Field (Nov. 28, 2017; information and recording available here.) 

When Hospitals Deliver More than Health Care (April 19, 2018; information and recording available here.) 

Complex Care: Funding Big Problems on a Small Budget (information and recording available here.)    

  • A series of funders-only learning collaborative calls

For More Information

For more information, please contact Emily Baransy at Grantmakers In Aging at ebaransy@GIAging.org or call 703-413-0413 Ext. 103.


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