From the National Program Office
With the thirteenth year of our Fellowship under way, we continue to be truly amazed by the achievements of our Fellows, who now number 153! Both during their fellowship year and beyond, Health and Aging Policy Fellows are improving the quality of life of older adults in the US and globally. We are excited to kick off our efforts to recruit and select another terrific group of Fellows for next year’s cohort.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought about unprecedented challenges for the world of work, with the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program being no exception. From March 2020 to the present and for the foreseeable future, we have successfully adapted all of our programming to a virtual format. Both the 2019-2020 and Current (2020-2021) Fellows have adjusted to the changes to their fellowship year formats that emerged from this historic moment, which consisted of the second half of the 2019-2020 fellowship placement sites transitioning to remote work along with their placement colleagues, to their Symposium webinar series, their “Capstone Conversations” Podcasts with Melissa Batchelor (2017-2018 Fellow) and virtual “graduation” celebration, to the current (2020-2021) cohort’s virtual Orientation period. 
We are excited to share the following news and updates with you: the 2021-2022 call for applications, program events, updates from our Fellows, and news from our partners.

Call for Applications: 2021-2022 Fellowship Year
We are recruiting for the 2021-2022 Class of Fellows. Click here to learn more about how to apply, and here for an overview of the fellowship.

Applications for the 2021-2022 Fellowship year are due
April 15, 2021.

Information Sessions 2020-2021

If you are interested in becoming a Health and Aging Policy Fellow and have questions, we are holding information sessions via phone on various dates between now and April 2021. 

The schedule is as follows (in EDT):
  • Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 3–4 PM
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 12–1 PM
  • Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 12–1 PM
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 1–2 PM
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 12–1 PM
  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 12–1 PM

For further questions, or to arrange a call with Dr. Harold Pincus or Dr. Kathleen Pike to discuss applicant eligibility or the application specifically, please contact the Program Coordinator at the above email address.
Health and Aging Policy Fellows Events
2019-2020 Fellows Webinar Series and Capstone Conversations
This month, the 2019-2020 Health and Aging Policy Fellows reconvened virtually to reflect on this exceptionally unique fellowship year, following their August webinar series, Fridays for the Future of Aging, and their ongoing Capstone Conversations with Melissa Batchelor (2017-2018 Fellow) as part of a special series for her podcast, This is Getting Old.

The National Program Office extends our sincerest congratulations to all, and we can't wait to see what you do next!
Upcoming Virtual GSA Annual Scientific Meeting
November 4-7, 2020
As in previous years, the Health and Aging Policy Fellows have several symposia and other sessions - 25 and counting! - scheduled at this year's GSA Meeting. Click here to view the full program of Fellows' events.

HAPF will be joining The John A. Hartford Foundation for a networking event at this year's GSA meeting, where you will have the opportunity to meet Fellows and learn more about the program. The event is on Thursday, November 5 from 4:45-5:30 PM EDT. We hope you will be able to join us! For more information about GSA 2020, please visit the conference website.
Updates from Our Fellows
Health and Aging Policy Fellows work on a diverse range of aging-related issues, both in DC and nationwide. Whether it's through career progression and promotions, research, and publications, our Fellows continue to influence policies for older Americans at the federal, state, and community level. Please click the below link to see their most recent accomplishments!

News from Our Partners
Reimagining the Future of Nursing Homes
Watch a virtual Q&A session with JAHF President Dr. Terry Fulmer and Milbank Memorial Fund President Christopher Koller on the future of nursing homes. They share their views on long-term care financing reform; how to better match patients with appropriate settings; healthcare workforce recruitment, retention, and safety; and the vital work community-based organizations do to help older adults live independently. The event followed a National Academy of Medicine Perspectives piece on the topic.

Supporting Family Caregivers: NASHP RAISE Act Dissemination Center
Join an upcoming webinar from the National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP) on Nov. 12, "Medicaid Supports for Family Caregivers." Also, read NASHP’s recent blog, “Stand by Me: Supporting Long-Term Services and Supports Workers” and join the social media conversation with NASHP, the Administration on Community Living, and JAHF during Family Caregiver Month in November.

JAHF and WebMD Help Older Adults Get Age-Friendly Care
JAHF has partnered with WebMD to provide older adults and their caregivers with information and tools they can use to get age-friendly care. Share with your networks and encourage older adults and caregivers to visit the articles, videos and other resources.
The fellowship is made possible with the commitment and generous support of our funders. Over the last few years, we have deepened our collaboration with The John A. Hartford Foundation, who partnered with Atlantic Philanthropies to broaden and extend the fellowship program; and with West Health, who has been essential to establishing and expanding our alumni program. At the same time, we have been able to further develop our partnership with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), University of Washington, and Northwestern University, among others.
The National Program Office (NPO) for the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is based at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, part of the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry in New York City.

Harold Pincus, MD
National Program Director

Kathleen Pike, PhD
Deputy Director