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Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative (HGNI)

History of HGNI

The John A. Hartford Foundation has since 1929 worked to increase the nation's capacity to provide effective and affordable care to its rapidly increasing older population. The aging patient population is creating important challenges for all of health care, but for the nursing profession particularly. With a $74 million investment since 1995, the Foundation developed the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative (HGNI) to meet these challenges.


The HGNI works tirelessly on a variety of programs in five areas:
  • Shaping nursing practice to best meet the health care needs of older adults;
  • Enhancing professional education to ensure all nurses are prepared to treat older adults;
  • Promoting research needed to guide the care and promote the health of older adults;
  • Developing leadership in academic and professional settings; and
  • Demonstrating nursing's commitment to enacting public policy that improves older Americans' health care.

Please see the HGNI Web site for more information about this dynamic initiative.

A communications team composed of representatives of each organization promotes the important work of these individual programs and activities. The team has been responsible for creating a brand and common messaging for the project. It also publishes a monthly e-newsletter to highlight resources (e.g. reports, training sessions, conferences) and accomplishments of the HGNI partners, manages the HGNI Web site, provides a mechanism to coordinate cross-partner activities and trainings, and staffs an exhibit booth at relevant and important conferences such as the Gerontological Society of America's (GSA) Scientific Conference.


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