Through its Age-Friendly Public Health Systems (AFPHS) initiative, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) prioritizes the public health roles in healthy aging and encourages all state and local public health departments to make healthy aging a core function. To further incentivize this transition, TFAH has developed an AFPHS Recognition Program that sets out 10 foundational actions that, if achieved, will reflect a health department’s commitment to healthy aging. To help health departments achieve recognition, TFAH has developed this guidance that includes examples and resources for the 10 steps. TFAH will offer additional tools and trainings on each of the actions to further build the capacity of state and local health departments to become age-friendly.

Additional resources and examples are included in the Guidance document located under the Resources section of this page. As more Departments of Health participate in this program, additional examples and tips will be provided.

For an overview of the program, please view a recording of our kick-off webinar.

10 Steps for Achievement

  1. Data: Collect, analyze and disseminate data and other information on the health and well-being of older adults.
  2. Voice: Engage older adults to identify and address priority issues on their health and well-being (social determinants of health).
  3. Collaboration: Meet and partner with organizations serving older adults such as the local Area Agencies on Aging and AARP.
  4. Leadership: Designate one or more staff persons to be the department’s coordinators and lead and champion its healthy aging efforts.
  5. Assessment: Review existing public health programs to assess if and how they serve older adults.
  6. Adaptation: Adapt work of existing programs to address the needs of older adults.
  7. Emergency Preparedness: Ensure that public health emergency preparedness addresses the needs of older adults, particularly the most vulnerable, and their caregivers.
  8. Training: Participate in AFPHS trainings and educational programs offered by TFAH and others.
  9. Age-Friendly Communities: Engage with and support AARP/WHO Age-Friendly Communities efforts.
  10. Age-Friendly Health Systems: Engage and align with hospitals and health systems participating in the Age-Friendly Health Systems movement.

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