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.
The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program develops a cadre of leaders who will serve as change agents in health and aging policy to ultimately improve the health care of older adults. The year-long fellowship offers a rich and unique training and enrichment program that is focused on current policy issues, communication skills development, and professional networking opportunities to provide Fellows with the experience and skills necessary to help affect policy. Learn more about opportunities to become a Health and Aging Policy fellow here.