The Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative accelerates sustained practice change that improves the health of older Americans, their families, and communities. It does this by harnessing the collective strengths, resources, and expertise of the John A. Hartford Foundation’s interprofessional community of more than 3,000 scholars, clinicians, and health system leaders.

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There are many ways to engage with the Change AGEnts initiative. Join our online Community to access resources and learn about practice change efforts, follow us on Twitter, participate in skills-building webinars, and apply for conferences and grants.

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About Hartford Change Agents

For more than two decades, the John A. Hartford Foundation has supported a dynamic group of academic and clinical leaders in geriatric medicine, nursing, and social work. These experts in the care of older adults have helped to build a growing knowledge base and a more competent health care workforce. However, while older adults are a core business of health care today, much of health care practice still does not incorporate geriatric knowledge and skills. There is increasing urgency to restructure how care is delivered to older adults in all settings, and we desperately need health care institutions, systems, and community agencies that utilize geriatrics expertise to produce better health outcomes while managing costs effectively.

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Change AGEnts Spotlight

David Bass


 Name: David M. Bass

Title: Senior Vice President for Research and Education
Organization: Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
Leadership positions:
• Professional Advisory Board, Alzheimer’s Association, Cleveland Chapter
• Senior Fellow, Institute for Gerontology and Lifespan Development, The University of Akron
• Advisory Committee, Family Caregiver Alliance, Caregiver Assessment 2.0
• GSA Fellow and former member of publication GSA Editorial Boards and Public Policy Committee
Degrees and Institutions: PhD, The University of Akron and Kent State University
Hartford Affiliations:
• Member, Dementia Caregiving Network
• Former member of Cleveland and Detroit Geriatric Interdisciplinary Training Team
• Site mentor, Dr. Heather Menne, Health and Aging Policy Fellow


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