Three grantmakers in aging were honored with the 2006 ASA Chair's Awards presented at the recent Joint Conference of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the American Society on Aging (ASA) in Anaheim, Calif. The awards were bestowed by Jeanette C. Takamura (second from left), chair of the ASA board of directors, who lauded the three foundations for having provided "decades of exemplary, sustained, strategic support for numerous initiatives that have led to innovations that better serve the growing numbers of older Americans."
Representing the John A. Hartford Foundation, left, was executive director Corinne H. Rieder. The largest private foundation focused strictly on developments in health and aging, Hartford has committed nearly $300 million since 1983 to projects aimed at preparing health professionals in the United States for both the variety of older patients they will treat and the emerging systems of care in which they will work. Hartford grants have supported the development of new models of integrated health services in geriatric medicine, nursing and social work. The foundation's website is at www.jhartfound.org.
The Atlantic Philanthropies-represented by Brian F. Hofland, director of the International Aging Program (standing to the right of Takamura)-is a group of funds focused on improving the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people of all ages. …