TFAH is working to strategically align the AFPHS initiative with other components of the Age-Friendly Ecosystem. Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), in partnership with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), designed Age-Friendly Health Systems to meet this challenge head on. The goal of the initiative is to rapidly spread the 4Ms Framework to 20% of US hospitals and medical practices by 2020.
The AFPHS logic model highlights the vision for developing age-friendly public health systems across the country.
Age-Friendly Health Systems aim to: follow an essential set of evidence-based practices; cause no harm; and align with What Matters to the older adult and their family caregivers. Learn more and find out if there are AFHS Action Communities in your jurisdiction here.
State and local public health departments in the U.S. have valuable roles to play to improve and support the health and well-being of our country’s adults as we age. Trust for America’s Health believes that healthy aging should be a core function of these health departments and is working to demonstrate the feasibility of this work as well as provide resources, guidance, and training to enable this transformation. TFAH works directly with state and local health departments, national stakeholder organizations in public health and aging services, and with state and federal policymakers to promote AFPHS. TFAH welcomes new partners and funders in this important work!