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

Casey R Shillam, PhD, RN-BC

CaseyShillamSpotlightPictureName: Casey R Shillam, PhD, RN-BC
Title: Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program
Organization: The University of Portland School of Nursing
Leadership positions: 
• Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program
• Past Chair of Hartford Gerontological Nurse Leaders
• AACN Health Policy Advisory Council
Degrees and Institutions: 
• 2010 – 2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing 
• 2008 Doctor of Philosophy, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing 
• 2004 Master of Science, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing 
• 2002 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing 
• 2000 Bachelor of Arts & Letters, Portland State University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 
Hartford Affiliations: 
• 2015 Hartford Change AGEnts Policy Institute
• Hartford Gerontological Nursing Leaders 
   - 2006-Present Founding Member
   - 2011-2013 Chair elect, Chair 
   - 2006-Present Member, Policy/Leadership Committee 
• 2010 Geriatric Social Work Initiative Policy Institute
• 2009 John A. Hartford-Western Institute of Nursing Regional Geriatric Nursing New Researcher Award, Western Institute of Nursing
• 2004-2006 Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholar, John A. Hartford Foundation




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