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Team-Based Competencies: Building a Shared Foundation for Education and Clinical Practice

May 10, 2011

Highlights discussions from a February 2011 conference on the need for collaborative health care, factors supporting and restraining change, and strategies for advancing interprofessional collaboration in education and practice.

Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce

May 19, 2008

In 2007, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) charged the ad hoc Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans to determine the health care needs of Americans over 65 years of age and to assess those needs through an analysis of the forces that shape the health care workforce.  This report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, served as a call for fundamental reform in the way the workforce is trained and used to care for older adults. The committee proposed a concurrent three-prong approach:  Enhance the geriatric competence of the entire workforceIncrease the recruitment and retention of geriatric specialists and caregiversImprove the way care is delivered

Redesigning Health Care for an Older America

November 15, 2006

With the goal of creating a new vision of health care for an older America, the International Longevity Center assembled a Health Care Task Force, a cadre of specialists in the fields of economics, social work, political science, and medicine. Its mandate is to focus on the development of an intergenerational life-span perspective of disease prevention and health maintenance, built on a strong foundation of structural reform medical care, by showing how strategies that enhance healthy aging can save money as well as improve quality of life. Midway into this ambitious four-year project, and with the hope of contributing to the national debate on health care, the Task Force established a list of guiding principles, with the belief that the longevity and healthy aging of today's older adults, the aging baby boomer generation and the generations that will follow, depend upon the health care decisions that are made today.