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AGS Working in Coalition

AGS participates in the following coalitions on behalf of better care for older Americans through sign-on letters, campaigns and other relevant public policy efforts.

Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA)
EWA is a group of 28 national organizations, joined together to address the immediate and future workforce crisis in caring for an aging America. Created in response to the Institute of Medicine report, Retooling for an Aging America, the Alliance was formed - representing consumers, family caregivers, the direct-care workforce, and healthcare professionals - to propose practical solutions to strengthen our eldercare workforce and improve quality of care to older adults. AGS Deputy EVP and COO Nancy Lundebjerg co-convenes the Alliance with Michèle Saunders, past-President of the Gerontological Society of America.

Friends of the National Institute on Aging (FONIA)
FONIA is a broad-based coalition of more than 50 aging, disease, research, and patient groups committed to the advancement of medical research that affects millions of older Americans. FONIA was founded to support the research and training mission of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and to effectively address current and future challenges in aging research. AGS is a member of the FONIA executive committee.

Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA)
FOVA is a diverse coalition of national academic, medical and scientific societies, voluntary health and patient advocacy associations and industry that advocate appropriate funding for the health programs that serve the nation's veterans. FOVA members regularly brief members of Congress on the funding needs of health care and research at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), raise awareness of VA's medical care and research programs, and host special events that highlight VA research successes.

Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC)
The Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) is an informal alliance of more than 60 organizations representing a variety of schools, programs, health professionals and students dedicated to educating professional health personnel. Together, the members of HPNEC advocate for adequate and continued support for the health professions and nursing education programs authorized under Titles VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act.

Leadership Council on Aging Organizations (LCAO)
LCAO is a coalition of national nonprofit organizations concerned with the well-being of America's older population and committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena. Recognizing that the strength of the coalition lies in the diversity of its membership, the purpose of the LCAO is to foster communication and resource sharing among its member organizations, to serve as a source of information about issues affecting older persons, to initiate joint advocacy strategies as appropriate, and to provide leadership and vision as America meets the challenges and opportunities presented by its aging society.

Leaders of Aging Organizations
Leaders of Aging Organizations (LAO) is comprised of staff leaders from the AGS, AARP, the American Federation for Aging Research, the American Society on Aging, The Gerontological Society of America, Grantmakers in Aging, the National Council on Aging, and the National Hispanic Council on Aging.  Laura Robbins of Laura A. Robbins Consulting, LLC, facilitates the group, which undertook as its first joint effort commissioning research with the FrameWorks Institute to better understand how the public thinks about older adults.  Research from this work explores the deep connections between attitudes and action where aging is concerned, and how to translate these insights from paper to practice for swaying public conscious, public policy, and public discourse.  Future phases of the partnership will entail developing and testing metaphors that can refocus conversations about aging as a shared experience. The collaboration is supported by grants from AARP, the Archstone Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Retirement Research Foundation, and the Rose Community Foundation.

National Coalition on Care Coordination (N3C)
N3C was formed in 2008 with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies to promote better-coordinated health and social services for older adults with multiple chronic conditions. Membership includes leading experts from aging, social, healthcare, family caregiver and professional organizations. AGS sits on the N3C steering committee.

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative
The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative is a coalition of major employers, consumer groups, patient quality organizations, health plans, labor unions, hospitals, physicians and many others who have joined together to develop and advance the patient-centered medical home. The Collaborative's membership represents more than 1,000 medical home stakeholders and supporters throughout the U.S.

Partnership for Health in Aging (PHA)
In June 2008, the AGS convened a meeting of 20 organizations representing healthcare providers who care for older adults to discuss how they could work together to advance the Retooling for an Aging America IOM report recommendations.

Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD)
PFCD is a coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease.

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