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Changing the Landscape for People Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer: Metastatic Breast Cancer Landscape Analysis - Research Report October 2014

October 7, 2014

40,000 women and men in America every year and 20-30% of those diagnosed with early stage breast cancer will go on to develop recurrent, metastatic disease. Awareness remains low, and only 7.1% of breast cancer research investments over the last dozen years were focused on Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC). This is the most comprehensive analysis on MBC research, information and services of its kind and the results highlight that we need to do better for those living with MBC. This report provides a roadmap for how to better serve people living with MBC and identify ways to accelerate research to develop new treatments.

Age Friendly Communities: The Movement to Create Great Places to Grow Up and Grow Old in America. An Introduction for Public and Private Funders.

April 2, 2013

What makes a community successful? One important measure is how well it meets the needs of its citizens in all stages of their lives. Is it safe? Affordable? Walkable? Healthy? Inclusive? Is it a great place to grow up and grow old? In short, is it "age-friendly?" In many communities large and small across America and around the globe, the answer is still no.This is unfortunate because, from Athens, Georgia to Athens, Greece, individuals are living longer and the world's population is getting older, quickly and permanently. This longevity is a wonderful, hopeful phenomenon with many positive ramifications. At the same time, it poses a challenge to cities, towns, and neighborhoods, many of which are still unprepared to serve -- or benefit from -- the fast-growing number of older citizens.The good news is that communities still have time to seize the dynamic opportunity that an aging population can present. In fact, many thought leaders now believe that the communities that fare best in the 21st century will be those that both tackle the challenges and embrace the positive possibilities that an aging population creates.Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) has developed this publication as part of Community AGEnda: Improving America for All Ages, an initiative funded by the Pfizer Foundation. The document's purpose is to introduce private philanthropies and local, state, and federal funders to this new, transformative way of thinking about aging and community development. In it, we survey the current state of the age-friendly community movement, showcase notable examples, and demonstrate how urban, suburban, exurban, and rural communities can get started or advance their work. A searchable database of age-friendly programs across America, a curated collection of implementation tools, and other resources are also available at for any funder, planner, nonprofit, government agency, or citizen seeking to work toward a more age-friendly future.

Supportive Housing in Illinois: A Wise Investment

January 4, 2009

This study reports on 177 supportive housing residents around Illinois, comparing their use of publicly-funded services two years before entering supportive housing to two years after entry. Data were collected from Medicaid-reimbursed services, state mental health hospitals, substance use treatment, state prisons, and various county jails and hospitals. The study found an overall cost savings of over $850,000 in the two years after entry into supportive housing, a little over $2,400 per person annually. There was a drastic reduction in state prison, county jail, and state mental health hospital overnight stays. There was a shift from using expensive inpatient services before housing (nursing homes, inpatient care, state mental health hospitals) to less expensive outpatient services after entry into housing (outpatient medical and psychiatric care, case management). Supportive Housing in Illinois: A Wise Investment was researched and written by the Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty with support from the Illinois Supportive Housing Providers Association and the Corporation for Supportive Housing.

Study of Supportive Housing in Illinois: Interim Report on Publicly-Funded Service Usage by Residents Prior to Entry into Supportive Housing

August 1, 2008

This study was launched to document and analyze supportive housing residents' use of public services prior to entering housing and afterwards, in order to determine the cost savings of supportive housing to other systems. The hypothesis of the study is that supportive housing reduces a person's usage of expensive, primarily public-funded services.The study tracks individuals' amount of service usage for 2 years before they entered supportive housing, comparing it to their usage of services 2 years after, as well as the change in types of services utilized over time. The study included supportive housing residents across Illinois living in developments that had been in operation for at least one year, and that served individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and individuals who have a mental illness and/or who are formerly incarcerated.

Developing National In-Home Caregiver Training Standards

December 30, 2007

This report incorporates discussion by experts on topics of paid in-home caregiver training standards, including curricula, accreditation, certification, career ladder, and caregiver support.

The Workforce Needs of New Jersey's Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology Industry

May 18, 2007

This report is based on an online survey conducted in spring 2006 of pharmaceutical and medical technology companies in New Jersey. It identifies the current and future workforce needs of the pharmaceutical and medical technology industry in New Jersey.

Study of Supportive Housing in Illinois: First Interim Report

January 1, 2007

In particular, the study focuses on the change in service use and the cost of services used by Illinois supportive housing residents 2 years before entering supportive housing and 2 years after. This study will inform policymakers, funders, and others about the importance and cost effectiveness of supportive housing in Illinois.

Economic Status of Older Women

May 17, 2002

Paid jobs for younger women are the best protection against poverty when they become older.

The Aging Factor in Health and Disease: The Promise of Basic Research on Aging

July 14, 1999

This report is the outcome of a two-day multi-disciplinary workshop where a select group of highly distinguished scientists met to discuss the current status of biomedical aging research and identify promising research areas which could be the foundation for the medical advances that would prevent, delay, and even reverse the adverse effects associated with aging. The report calls for an increase in funding for biomedical research on the mechanisms of aging and the causes of age-related diseases as a means to help people lead longer, healthier lives and reduce the health care costs associated with the unprecedented burgeoning aging population.