Amy Berman, RN, FAAN, LHD, a national advocate for improving care of older adults, will present the annual Nurses Week Nursing Lectureship on Thursday, May 9. She will be speaking about the Hartford Foundation’s collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to create a national network of Age-Friendly Health Systems. Providence St. Joseph Health is part of this initiative.
Ms. Berman is the Senior Program Officer with the John A. Hartford Foundation. She heads the Foundation’s Integrating and Improving Services grants, focusing on the development and dissemination of innovative, cost-effective models of care that improve health outcomes for older adults. For example, Ms. Berman is responsible for a number of efforts to improve transitions of care and to advance palliative care. She also directs a number of collaborations with federal partners such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the Administration for Community Living.
Ms. Berman openly shares her experiences living with Stage IV breast cancer. She has presented to the Institute of Medicine and has authored numerous pieces about her health care choices, palliative care and implications for patients, practice and policy. Her piece in Health Affairs, Living Life In My Own Way—And Dying That Way As Well, was the most read in the journal’s history for the month of May. She has been featured in Forbes and on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. She also blogs on the Hartford Foundation’s HealthAGEnda site and can be followed on Twitter as @jhartfound and @notesonnursing.
The Lectureship is an annual simulcast during Nurses Week. Debbie Burton will host the event and Michelle James, Regional CNO, Washington/Montana region, will provide a reflection. Caregivers may submit questions for Ms. Berman in advance and view the event via a computer video link or join one of several sites for a group viewing.