Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) Receives Funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation to support Age-Friendly Health Systems Movement
ARLINGTON, VA – August 29, 2022 – CHAP has been awarded funding in support of Age-Friendly Health Systems, an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) 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).
As an independent, nonprofit accrediting body for home and community-based health care organizations, CHAP is committed to create a certification program to bring Age-Friendly Health Systems and the 4Ms (What Matters, Medication, Mentation and Mobility) Framework to the home health care and hospice settings.
“We are proud to support the invaluable work of CHAP to bring the Age-Friendly Health Systems movement’s 4Ms Framework to home health care and hospice settings across the country,” said Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation. “As more health systems expand into home-based services, this new certification program will help ensure older adults reliably receive evidence-based care that focuses on what matters to them.”
“CHAP has its sights set on a goal to bring age-friendly care and the 4Ms Framework to the home health care and hospice settings where most older people get their care and for whom we serve,” states CHAP National Medical Director, Khai Nguyen. “Through various partnerships, we are developing the 4Ms Frameworks educational tools and resources for community-based care providers to utilize and gain Age-Friendly Health Systems certification. The design of this Framework fits naturally with CHAP Standards, and the review and recognition tasks align with current site visit and award protocols.”
The funding supports the development of a first-in-class certification program for Age-Friendly Health Systems in home health care and hospice based upon the 4Ms Framework. Also, to support the certification and provider efforts, CHAP is creating and offering in-depth training, online resources, and education outreach.
Learn more about CHAP’s Age-Friendly resources and education
Assisting CHAP in its efforts is a Volunteer Advisory Group to help craft the program and its resources. We thank the following individuals for their ongoing contributions and guidance on this initiative.