Between 2013 and 2016, the interprofessional Change AGEnts Initiative leveraged the John A. Hartford Foundation’s powerful community of academic and clinical leaders of geriatric medicine and gerontology —helping its scholars and grantees learn from and support one another while they adopted, evaluated, and sustained changes in practice and service delivery to improve the health of older Americans and their families. The Initiative, a highly successful partnership between The John A. Hartford Foundation and The Gerontological Society of America, supported hundreds of passionate individuals working together to improve the care of older adults. The Initiative’s successes can be credited to the phenomenal Change AGEnts community, whose work over the last three years will have a profound impact on older adults and their families far into the future.

Learn more about practice change and get involved at The Gerontological Society of America.

“The Change AGEnts Initiative has been one of the most inspiring programs that the JAHF has ever supported.  As a somewhat jaded Washington pol, I have been impressed with the Change AGEnts’ commitment, passion, and natural talent for policy advocacy. They learned quickly how to be politically savvy and it showed when they came to Washington, DC, and to state capitals to persuade policy makers to do better for our aging population.  Keep up the great work, Change AGEnts!”
- Bob Blancato, President of the Board of Directors, American Society on Aging, and Principal, Matz, Blancato & Associates, Washington, DC.

“Congratulations to the Hartford Change AGEnts! What a fitting name to describe your leadership and the important work you have undertaken in the last three years to improve the lives of older Americans and their families.  Your efforts have truly made a difference.  I am so fortunate to have a Change AGEnt as a member of my staff on the Senate Aging Committee. Sarah Khasawinah epitomizes the academic diligence, innovative thinking, and tenacious advocacy on behalf of older adults that are the hallmarks of this initiative.  The movement you have each worked so hard to advance will most certainly continue!”
- Senator Susan Collins, Maine

“I applaud the Change AGEnts program for their important and influential work over the past three years in expanding the network of researchers and clinicians who have the skills to effectively engage with local, state, and federal policymakers to advocate for improved health and economic security for older adults around our country.”
– Sophie Kasimow, staff director, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

“ACL would like to acknowledge the valuable contributions to the field that the Change AGEnts Initiative has made and express our gratitude. Your work continues to inspire the next generation of researchers focused on aging. At ACL, we recognize the crucial role of research in the insights it brings to our work with the aging network and older adults. In fact, ACL is a primary funder of research on community living and integration through the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The aging community will continue to benefit from GSA’s positive leadership and focus. ACL looks forward to continuing our collaboration and partnership.”
- Edwin Walker, Acting Administrator, Administration for Community Living, and Acting Assistant Secretary, Administration on Aging