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Round-Up: Health Care for the Elderly, Health Policy, Nurses, Value of Care—Reports, Funding Available, and More



June 23rd, 2010
by Lee-Lee Prina

Here are some more items that have come across my desk in recent months that you may want to check out.

Health Care for the Elderly

Request for Proposals (RFP):

The Step Up to Stop Falls: Falls Prevention Collaborative aims “to help older adults to continue living safely in the community for as long as possible by reducing falls.” Two types of grants will be awarded by its funder, the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. Only teams within certain counties in New York State may apply for funding. Deadlines for proposals are 8 July and 15 July 2010. Read the Program Announcement here.

Fellowship Program:

Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. This program, based at Columbia University and directed by Harold Alan Pincus, is supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies. Among the 2009–10 fellows is Chad Boult of the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. The program also has a partnership with the John Heinz Senate Fellowship in Issues of the Aging and with the Healthy Aging Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The deadline to apply for the 2011–12 class of fellows will be in April 2011; that fellowship year will run from October 2011 through 30 September 2012.

Related resource:

“Health Policy Brief: Health Reform’s Changes in Medicare,” Health Affairs, 20 May 2010.

Health Policy

Job Openings:

The Commonwealth Fund seeks a senior director for health care delivery policy. “It is anticipated” that this position will be in AcademyHealth’s Washington, D.C., office, said an e-alert. The person selected for this position will report to Stephen Schoenbaum, Commonwealth’s executive vice president for programs. Click here for a position description.

Commonwealth also has openings for a research associate and a program assistant described on that same page. From what I can tell, those positions appear to be at the Commonwealth Fund in New York City.

Fellowship Program:

The Commonwealth Fund’s Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice. Qualified people from Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom may apply for this fellowship for mid-career professionals, according to an e-alert. “Academic researchers, government policymakers, clinicians, managers, and journalists” are invited to apply to spend a year “in the United States conducting a policy-oriented research study, working with leading U.S. health policy experts and gaining in-depth knowledge” of the U.S. health system, as well as the system in their home country. The Commonwealth Fund also organizes seminars for fellows throughout the year. For fellowship eligibility requirements, a description of the “anticipated product” that each Harkness fellow will be expected to prepare, and other details, click here. The deadline for applying is 13 September 2010. Questions? Send e-mail to Robin Osborn at Commonwealth, ro@cmwf.org.

Nurses

Announcement:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Executive Nurse Fellows program has a new national program office: the Center for Creative Leadership, located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Linda Cronenwett and David Altman are the new program directors. Read more in an April 2010 press release.

Publications:

“The Nurse in Your Health Care Future,” Thomas Aschenbrener, Oregonian (Portland), 24 May 2010. The writer of this op-ed is the president of the Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF), also located in Portland. (The foundation funds only in Oregon and southwestern Washington State, except for one national program–see below.) In this piece, Aschenbrener mentions the challenge of providing health services to millions more people in the United States, following the passage of national health reform legislation. He says that we need to look at approaches that are already effective. “One area of great success,” he notes, is “nurse-run clinics.” In fact, he imagines that by 2025 there will be “a health system where virtually all primary care in the United States is delivered by nurses and nurse practitioners.”

Read about the collaboration between the NWHF and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) called Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future (PIN). Projects throughout the United States are eligible to apply.

A Summary of the December 2009 Forum on the Future of Nursing: Care in the Community, Institute of Medicine (IOM), released 3 June 2010. This workshop summary contains “the opinion of the presenters,” according to the IOM’s Web site. The forum, an activity of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, focused on community health, public health, primary care, and long-term care. Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala chairs the initiative.

Related resource:

“Strategically Addressing the Nurse Shortage: A Closer Look at the Nurse Funders Collaborative,” Denise A. Davis and Melanie D. Napier, Health Affairs, May/June 2008. In this GrantWatch article, the authors look at “a group of foundations, government agencies, and corporations convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.”

Value of Care

Report:

Leadership Commitments to Improve Value in Healthcare: Toward Common Ground, IOM, released 14 June 2010. Funders of this workshop summary include the Blue Shield of California Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, and Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The IOM convened “stakeholders to discuss opportunities and cooperative strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of care throughout the nation,” according to its Web site.

Related resource:

“How Can We Make More Progress in Measuring Physicians’ Performance to Improve the Value of Care?” Thomas P. Miller, Troyen A. Brennan, and Arnold Milstein, Health Affairs, September/October 2009.

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