Creating a blue-ribbon commission to address the health care challenge of the growing senior population and lack of trained care providers

There is a well documented disconnect between the growing number of older patients and the professional training of their formal care-givers in the U.S. There are currently fewer than 9,000 geriatricians and the number is expected to fall to about 6,000 in the near future due to retirements and declines in re-certification. This grant supports the creation of a Blue Ribbon Commission, similar to the 2003 Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce, to raise national awareness of these issues among the public and policy makers. This Commission will bring together prominent leaders from a variety of fields to exemplify the importance of the geriatric training gap with the potential to affect many Americans in the near future. Project deliverables will include: (1) an environmental scan conducted on Capitol Hill to identify key issues and sources of information related to the Commission's purpose; (2) meetings with Members of Congress to lay the groundwork for the Commission and secure support; (3) the identification of prospective Commission members that includes a prominent chairperson; (4) completion of the formal selection process; (5) a kick-off announcement of the Commission's composition, purpose and a related communications plan; (6) initial planning of six regional field hearings; and (7) a strategic fundraising plan to support the work of the Commission. The project will be considered successful if there is broad interest in and representation on the Commission, funding is secured, and if the mission of the Commission is clear and action-oriented.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $47,522.00

Awarded on: 1/5/2006

Time frame: 1/1/2006 - 12/31/2006

Grant Number: 56240


Alliance for Aging Research

2021 K Street, N.W., Suite 305
Washington, 20006-1003

Deborah Zeldow
Project Director