Policy and Advocacy: Building Bridges to a Better Life for Older Adults

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing values the critical role advocacy and policy have in workforce development, healthy aging, and the provision of the right care at the right time, in the right place. HIGN seeks to shape policy by educating elected officials about issues impacting the lives and well-being of older adults.  

One way HIGN addresses issues is through the Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations (CGNO). This coalition, founded in 2001 by HIGN, is comprised of leading associations representing over 28,000 nurses who provide geriatric care in a variety of clinical settings. By leveraging its collective strengths, CGNO speaks with one voice to promote a healthcare environment for older adults that reflect accessibility, evidence-based practice, and high quality, person-centered care.

HIGN also addresses issues through communication with legislators, policy organizations and stakeholders.

With the worldwide explosion in the aging population, it is imperative that we bring together all the stakeholders to create policy that delivers on the promise of providing quality care to older adults.

Tara Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Director, HIGN

Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organization (CGNO)

Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organization (CGNO)

Speaking with one voice to benefit older adults.

Eldercare Workforce Alliance

Eldercare Workforce Alliance

Joined together to address the immediate and future workforce crisis in caring for an aging America. 

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Reports and Publications

HIGN seeks to shape policy through our reports and publications which advocate for the quality and care of older adults.