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The John A. Hartford Foundation

The OHSU Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence is made possible through the generous funding of The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF).  Founded in 1929, the JAHF is a committed champion of health care training, research and service system innovations that will ensure the well-being and vitality of America’s older adults. The Foundation was established by John A. Hartford. Mr. Hartford and his brother, George L. Hartford, both former chief executives of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, left the bulk of their estates to the Foundation upon their deaths in the 1950s.

Today, the Foundation is America’s leading philanthropy with a sustained interest in aging and health. Through its grant-making, the John A. Hartford Foundation seeks specifically to enhance and expand the training of doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals who care for older adults; and to promote innovations in the integration and delivery of services for all older people.

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In a commentary from the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Health AGEnda, "Talking About, Thinking About" Strategic Capacity Building by Chris Langston, Program Director of the John A. Hartford Foundation, is a video conversation between Rachael Watman, Senior Program Officer at the Hartford Foundation, and Ned Schaub, a strategic capacity consultant.

Ned talks about capacity building March 2012

Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC)

Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity has been addressing the critical shortage of leaders in geriatric nursing education and research since 2000.  In partnership with the American Academy of Nursing, the JAHF launched the multi-million dollar BAGNC Program to produce expert researchers, academicians and practitioners who will lead the field of gerontology nursing and ultimately improve the care of the elderly. The program includes eight Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and the distinguished Scholar & Fellow Awards Program.

For more information on BAGNC and the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative (HGNI)

Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (HCGNE)

There are seven John A. Hartford Foundation Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence in addition to our Center here at the OHSU School of Nursing:
Arizona
Director, Nelma Shearer, Ph.D.
National Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence at Arizona State University
http://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/hartford

Arkansas
Director, Claudia Beverly, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
National Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing
http://hartfordcenter.uams.edu/

California
Director, Margaret I. Wallhagen, Ph.D, A.P.R.N., B.C., G.N.P., F.S.G.A.
National Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence at University of California San Francisco School of Nursing
http://nurseweb.ucsf.edu/www/hcgne.htm

Iowa
Director, Janet K. Pringle Specht, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
National Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence at University of Iowa College of Nursing
http://www.nursing.uiowa.edu/hartford

Minnesota
Director, Jean Wyman, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., F.S.G.A.
National Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence at University of Minnesota
http://www.nursing.umn.edu/Hartford/home.html

Pennsylvania
Director, Ann Kolanowski, Ph.D., R.N., F.G.S.A., F.A.A.N.
National Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence at Pennsylvania State University
http://www.nursing.psu.edu/hartford/

Utah
Director, Ginette Pepper, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
National Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence at University of Utah
http://nursing.utah.edu/hartford/