Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems


The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) are partnering on the Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative. The goal of the initiative is to develop an Age-Friendly Health Systems model and rapidly spread the model to 20 percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems by 2020.

Five U.S. health systems participating in the Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative will test and scale up the prototype model in their organizations. They include three Catholic ministries: Ascension, Trinity Health and Providence St. Joseph Health. Learn more

As this initiative takes shape, CHA will provide timely updates and articles on this page. For additional information, please contact Julie Trocchio, CHA's senior director of community benefit and continuing care.

The Four Ms

The initial focus of the health systems participating in the initiative will be four high-level interventions (referred to as the "4 Ms"):

  • What Matters: Understand and actively support what matters to older adults
  • Mobility: Review mobility plans for each patient
  • Medications: Discuss whether medications are unnecessary or potentially harmful
  • Mentation: Improve mentation by addressing problems like dementia, delirium, and depression

Age-Friendly Health System
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