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$70 million funding available to improve the health of small communities

posted Thu, May 31, 2012   by Community Transformation Grant

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced available funding of $70 million to improve the health of small communities across the nation. Grants will be awarded to governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations across a variety of sectors, including transportation, housing, education, and public health, in an effort to save lives and control the nation’s growing health care costs associated with preventable chronic diseases.

Making hard decisions: Alzheimer's disease and African-American families

posted Fri, May 25, 2012   by Twin Cities Daily Planet

This is the fourth in a series of articles focusing on Alzheimer's disease in the African American community. James and Ann Small and Juanita and Chuck Williams are African Americans who have shared their stories about their personal journeys with Alzheimer’s disease. Andrea Parrott researched and wrote this series as part of a MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellowship, a project of New America Media and the Gerontological Society of America.

Jewish Healthcare Foundation Features "The Last Chapter"

posted Wed, May 23, 2012

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) recently announced the national distribution of the highly acclaimed JHF-funded documentary, "The Last Chapter." The one-hour documentary, produced by Pittsburgh’s local PBS affiliate, WQED-TV, explores the medical, legal, cultural, spiritual and ethical implications surrounding end-of-life. The Last Chapter will be aired by 81 PBS affiliates operating 186 stations across the country beginning this spring. The Last Chapter is part of the Foundation’s Closure initiative (see www.closure.org), which includes a series of education, planning and outreach efforts designed to change expectations for end-of-life. In addition, the anthology, "At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die," created through a partnership between JHF and Creative Nonfiction, is now available. Written from the perspective of providers, family, clergy, and others, the anthology contains 22 compelling narratives that explore death, dying, and palliative care. JHF is committed to facilitating end-of-life conversations nationwide. JHF recently created Closure How-To Guides, which help communities anywhere plan and carry out these important discussions. Curriculum for families and healthcare providers is also available through the Closure website. For more information on any of these opportunities, please contact Nancy D. Zionts, Chief Program Officer, Jewish Healthcare Foundation at 412-594-2559 or zionts@jhf.org.

Winter Park HF Launches Brain Initiative

posted Mon, May 21, 2012

The Winter Park Health Foundation has approved a two-year, $185,000 grant to the Alzheimer’s Association to support the launch of an innovative initiative designed to educate Central Floridians of all ages that it is never too early or late to protect their brains. It is due to begin July 1, 2012. While the greatest risk factor of the disease is age, current research shows the disease starts long before symptoms begin to appear making it crucial to impress upon people early in life that it is never too early to begin protecting their brain and it should be protected throughout life. The two-year program will include distribution of educational materials and offering seminars to diverse audiences of all ages. In addition, a brain health website will be created where the public can go to learn more about brain health, find book reviews, brain healthy activities and the latest brain research.The organizations, Think Creative, Flight of Ideas and Compass Research will be working closely with the Alzheimer’s Association on this endeavor.

Finalists for 2012 Eisner Prize Announced

posted Mon, May 21, 2012   by 2012 Eisner Award Finalists

The Eisner Foundation has announced the selection of seven finalists for the 2012 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. Each of the finalists is doing remarkable work in uniting multiple generations for the benefit of the community in which they work. The prize will be awarded on October 25, 2012 at an awards ceremony at the Grantmakers in Aging Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Michael D. Eisner will present the award and a check for $100,000 to this year’s winner. Each of finalist receives $5,000 for being selected and will be visited during the summer of 2012 by Foundation staff eager to see their intergenerational efforts first hand. To see the list of finalists, click the Read Source button below.

NQF Endorses Multiple Chronic Conditions Measurement Framework

posted Fri, May 11, 2012   by The National Quality Forum

The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors has approved for endorsement a measurement framework for individuals with multiple chronic conditions. The framework addresses the complex circumstances of these individuals, and is intended to serve as a guide for future measure development and NQF-endorsement decisions pertaining to measures that address this vulnerable population. In addition, the framework will help guide measure selection for public reporting and payment; suggest a roadmap for new care delivery models; and inform research.

Poll: Doctors Fall Short In Helping Many Seniors

posted Wed, May 9, 2012   by Kaiser Health News

Large numbers of seniors aren’t receiving recommended interventions that could help forestall medical problems and improve their health, according to a new survey from the John A. Hartford Foundation.


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