We are pleased to officially announce the Call for 2018 Center on Aging Pilot Grants. Submission deadline is Friday, March 16th by 11:59 PM MST. Complete information and application instructions are posted on the Center on Aging 2018 Pilot Grant page.
The Center on Aging unites aging-related research, education, and clinical research, education, and clinical programs at the University of Utah. By linking its faculty and programs, the center synergies the growth and progress of interdisciplinary research to help people lead longer and more fulfilling lives, and supports the development of multidisciplinary clinical and training programs.
Save the Date - Annual Research Retreat
April 4-5, 2019
Developing Value-Driven Age Friendly Health Systems
FYI - We want to provide you with a quick update on the Age Friendly Health System (AFHS) initiative and encourage you to save the date for the Center on Aging’s research retreat on Friday April 5th in the Eccles Genetics Auditorium titled, “Developing Value-Driven Age Friendly Health Systems.” We very much hope that you or a representative from your area will be able to join us and participate in the day’s activities.
We are very pleased that two members of the AFHS Advisory Board to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) - Drs. Mary Tinetti and Kevin Biese - are joining us as our keynote speakers. The main focus of the retreat is to develop a research agenda for how we can evaluate outcomes related to implementing more age friendly aspects of care across our system. To that end, they will be followed by two overviews of our “competitive advantage” in assessing its value - VDO tools (Charlton Park) and mEVAL (Josh Biber). Next will be reports from our three Learning Community Teams that have been piloting activities related to three of the four geriatric “Ms” - mentation, mobility and medication. Four working groups will each focus on one of the four Ms during a working lunch. Their charge will be to develop a research agenda for the next 1 to 2 years whereby our value metrics could be utilized to assess the outcomes of developing age friendly programs. The day will conclude with reports from each group and a discussion of sustainability and next steps.
We joined the IHI AFHS Learning Action Community in September and are one of about 70 health systems (one of about 20 academic systems) who are participating in this first wave of AFHS dissemination. Each team has been reporting their data, as have our data analytics group on our our outcomes, and we have participated in monthly webinars and a sole face-to-face meeting last December. Thanks to a chance encounter at a CMS meeting where Charlton was presenting, the IHI Leadership has become very familiar with the VDO tools and the data that we can offer. He and I have had a conference call with their leadership and I believe that we may find IHI to be a receptive audience for our planned research agenda - the deliverable from the retreat.
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