HEALTH AND AGING POLICY FELLOWS PROGRAM
New York State Psychiatric Institute.
New York City, NY, USA.
“In many ways, gerontology represents the future of health care. The U.S. population is aging rapidly. By 2030, 71 million Americans (about 20% of the U.S. population) will be 65 and older. These individuals are at high risk for complex health problems, chronic illness, and disability, and they are, and will continue to be, the heaviest users of health care.”
The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is a training and leadership development program for professionals looking to shape and advance aging policy for older adults.
The one year long program focuses on current policies affecting older adults, aging related issues, and communication skills. The program also provides professionals with networking opportunities necessary to help affect policy.
The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is focused on health and aging policy affecting older adults with chronic conditions, the economic and physical security of vulnerable and disadvantaged older adults and the promotion of civic engagement volunteerism and community engagement by older adults and caregivers.
Current aging policy issues in the United States as listed by the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program include:
· Contributions to the Affordable Care Act
· Medicare payment reform
· Restructuring health care delivery systems
· Regulation of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
· Improving quality through financial incentives
· The role of States in health policy
· Reauthorizing the Older Americans Act
· Strategies for chronic care coordination
· Mental health and preventive healthcare benefits in Medicare
· Health information technology
· Engaging consumers in health care quality
· Funding for health professionals training
· Setting priorities for biomedical and behavioral research in aging
· Providing care for the aging cohorts of U.S. veterans
· Strategies for individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid
Aging Awareness & Sensitivity Programs