Amy Berman is a Senior Program Officer with the John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City. She leads the Foundation’s investments in the development and dissemination of innovative, cost-effective models of care that improve health outcomes for older adults.


Additionally, she spearheaded a number of collaborations with federal partners including the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the Administration for Community Living. Ms. Berman is also a person living with Stage IV inflammatory breast cancer. She frequently writes and speaks on person-centered care, serious illness, and palliative care.


She has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico and Forbes and contributes regularly on the Hartford Foundation’s blog, Health AGEnda (www.jhartfound.org/blog). Ms. Berman authored a piece for Health Affairs, Living Life in My Own Way and Dying That Way as Well, that was among the most read in the history of the journal.


She is the recipient of numerous awards including Grantmakers In Health’s Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy, the Presidential Award from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Civitas Award from the American Academy of Nursing, Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Gerontological Nurses Association, and the Presidential Citation from the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She received her baccalaureate of science in health administration from the University of Massachusetts and a baccalaureate of science degree in Nursing from New York University.


Recent Posts by Amy Berman

Age-Friendly Health Systems: How Do We Get There?

The new paradigm for an age-friendly health system is based on patients’ goals and values, and on improved outcomes and lower costs of care within the walls of the hospital and beyond, says The John A. Hartford Foundation. It aims to test the new Age-Friendly Health Systems approach to care by...

Time to Fashion A Quilt From The Patchwork Of Advance Care Planning

Given that 75 percent of people hospitalized with a critical illness cannot make their wishes known at that time, advance care planning is an important way for people to receive the care they want and avoid the care they don't want.

March 29, 2016Health Professionals, Medicare

Remembering Jessie Gruman

Jessie Gruman, founding president of the Center for Advancing Health, died on July 14 after a fifth bout with cancer. Jessie was a hero to patients, families, and health care providers for her selfless work to help people better understand their role and responsibilities in supporting their own...

August 15, 2014Narrative Matters

Narrative Matters, The Next Chapter: Amy Berman Reflects On ‘Living Life In My Own Way’ (Updated)

Almost four years ago I was diagnosed with terminal cancer. And yet, as devastating as the diagnosis was, I have a great story to share, a success in every sense. I did something so simple yet so rarely done. I chose the road less taken, and it led to better health, better care, and...

Improving Care Transitions: A Key Component of Health Reform

The Community-Based Care Transitions Program, a provision of the newly enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Section 3026 of HR 3590), provides $500 million to collaborative partnerships between hospitals and community-based organizations designed to meet the goal of implementing...

April 29, 2010Following the ACA, GrantWatch, Hospitals