PACE Summit Develops Action Plan to Serve Rural Elderly

Meeting to identify barriers to rural PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly)

The National PACE Association, along with the National Rural Health Association, convened the Rural PACE Summit on September 18–20, 2002, in Roanoke, Va. PACE (Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a service delivery model that integrates medical and social services.

Key Results

  • The 40 invited PACE participants — providers, rural health experts and state and federal policy-makers — identified barriers to PACE development in rural areas and developed an action plan, Setting the PACE for Rural Elder Care: A Framework for Action, with recommendations for expanding the availability of PACE programs in these communities. It is available from the National Rural Health Association Web site.
  • The National PACE Association also developed Setting the PACE for Rural Elder Care: Three Rural PACE Case Studies. See the Bibliography.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $44,415 to partly fund the summit.

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