Improving Public Health and Health Care for Older Adults: The Three Keys to Cross-Sector Age-Friendly Care Implementation Guide and Workbook 

In partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, TFAH helped to create an Implementation Guide, Workbook, and Care Journey Maps on the Three Keys to Cross-Sector Age-Friendly Care. These materials identify change ideas for the public health and health care systems to better meet the needs of older adults across the care journey. The recommendations are based on a series of interviews with older adults and their caregivers in Michigan. This resource also contains resources to improve how public health and health care organizations work across the care continuum. The accompanying materials (below) also provide guidance and specific recommendations to support efforts to provide age-friendly care.

  • Implementation Guide: Leverages cross-sector collaboration as a vital tool to bring together public health and health care organizations and other partners outside of these sectors across the care continuum.
  • Workbook: Takes organizations through how to test the change ideas, step by step.
  • Care Journey Maps: Visual narratives depicting the multidimensional relationship between an individual and a service, centering the experience of the older adults and their caregivers.
  • Driver Diagram, Change Ideas, and Measures

Partnering for Age-Friendly Public Health Systems

In partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute, TFAH facilitated a partnership between a local public health department and two Area Agencies on Aging that implemented an AFPHS action plan focused on formalizing their collaboration around emergency preparedness. This project culminated in an in-person convening in Michigan to build on the work and identify strategies for further advancing age-friendly, multi-sector efforts. This report summarizes the project and includes a call to action that was expressed by key partners.