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With funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Aging and Disability Business Institute at USAging, in partnership with HealthBegins, is hosting the Building Accountability for Health Equity Learning Collaborative (BAHELC) to provide Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) with the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen and sustain institutional accountability for health equity. AAAs selected for this learning collaborative will learn how to strengthen their internal diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices and how to develop collaborations with external partners, including health care organizations, to advance health equity for older adults in greatest social need.
 
Consistent with the U.S. Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) recent guidance to ensure equity in State Plans on Aging (State Unit on Aging Directors Letter #01-2021), this learning collaborative will also support AAAs in developing the institutional capacity essential to implementing, tracking, and reporting on efforts to eliminate health disparities. Up to 12 AAAs will be selected to participate in this opportunity. Only AAAs are eligible to apply for this learning collaborative, and preference will be given to AAAs located in states where new Area Plans and State Plans on Aging are being developed and are due in 2023-2024.
 
To meet the growing and changing needs of historically marginalized and underserved populations and the workforce that is critical to providing care, AAAs can benefit from strengthening their business policies and practices by developing greater understanding of how to design multi-level frameworks for implementing health equity strategies. These frameworks enhance the ability of your internal and external stakeholders to measure and hold people and systems accountable to this important work.
 
The BAHELC can enhance AAAs ability to sustain appropriate practices and improve the ability to translate data and information to better inform how to continuously improve your work and programming. It can also enhance the value of AAAs as a potential health care partner, as many health care entities are placing greater emphasis on reducing health inequities among their patient and member populations. It can also position AAAs to inform and support equity elements in new State Plans on Aging, in which SUAs are required to describe the mechanisms for assuring that preference will be given to providing services to older individuals with greatest economic need and social need.

Key dates: 
  1. Application released: October 20, 2022
  2. Application deadline: November 21, 2022
  3. Selected participants notified: December 20, 2022
  4. Sessions will be held from 2:00-3:30pm ET on the following dates. The first session will be a joint launch session with the Network Diversity Equity and Inclusion collaborative. 
    • Thursday, January 12, 2023 (joint launch)
    • Thursday, February 16, 2023 
    • Thursday, March 23, 2023
    • Thursday, April 27, 2023
    • Thursday, June 1, 2023
    • Thursday, July 6, 2023 
 
Application guidelines:  
  • Complete all questions and adhere to the specified word limits listed for each answer.
  • Define all acronyms the first time they are used. 
  • Proofread all submissions and carefully avoid errors.
  • Submit applications by the November 21, 2022 deadline.  
 
Please contact Maya Op de Beke (mopdebeke@usaging.org) with any questions regarding thi

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* 1. Organization

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* 2. Primary Contact

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* 3. Secondary Contact (if applicable)

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* 4. Project Lead (if different from primary contact)

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* 5. Executive Sponsor (Typically the Executive Director or CEO who would be responsible for "green-lighting" and supporting staff participating in the learning collaborative)

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* 6. Which organizational structure best describes your agency?

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* 7. Is your organization already committed to participating in another business acumen learning collaborative from January to June 2023?

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* 8. When is your next local area plan due?

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* 9. Is your organization currently receiving payment from health care entities for home and community-based services (e.g., care coordination, caregiver programs, care transitions, evidence-based programs, nutrition services, transportation, etc.)?

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* 10. Health Care Partnerships: Describe your current progress in partnering and contracting with health care organizations. (Min: 200 characters, Max: 700 characters)

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* 11. Participation: Why does your organization want to participate in this Building Accountability for Health Equity Learning Collaborative? Identify your agency's primary goal for participating. (Min: 200 characters, Max: 700 characters)

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* 12. DEI Practices: What current practices and/or policies does your AAA implement across the organization and within its programming? Describe the information, data and perspectives that have informed these activities. (Min: 200 characters, Max: 700 characters)

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* 13. Needs and Challenges: Describe the two most significant challenges impacting your AAA’s ability to successfully implement methods and strategies that can transform your work and organization to being centered in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging practices. (Min: 200 characters, Max: 700 characters)

By submitting this application, we agree to fulfill the participant expectations outlined in the Building Accountability for Health Equity Learning Collaborative Charter, including participating in all sessions and dedicating four to five hours per month to prepare for lectures and other learning activities.
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