Health Policy on Aging

Center for Aging, Health and Humanities

Age-Friendly DC

Age-Friendly DC is a coordinated, comprehensive and collective-action effort with the goal of ensuring all DC residents are active, connected, healthy, engaged and happy in their environment. It is an overarching policy and community engagement framework, one that involves every aspect of life, from transportation and housing to health and finances.

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In collaboration with the District of Columbia Office on Aging, the center conducted a 2016 Needs Assessment to improve overall agency efficiency, identify high-value areas of improvement, expansion or innovation and implement a sustainable approach for establishing priorities and procedures to meet the needs of individuals 60 years and older in DC. 

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Public Forum

In collaboration with GW Nursing's Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, the center hosts periodic forums on health-related policy issues through press events, speakers, discussions forums and other events that all for opportunities to submit public comments or provide testimony on key health policy issues or proposed regulations. In October 2017, the center co-hosted a screening of Defining Hope, a film on what dying looks like in America.


GW Nursing hosted a Palliative Nursing Summit convened in May 2017, by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. Leaders and representatives from 26 specialty nursing organizations will develop a collaborative nursing agenda and action plan focused on three aspects of primary palliative nursing including communication and advance care planning, coordination and transitions of care, and pain and symptom management. The summit was supported in part by a grant from the Milbank Foundation and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation. Contact [email protected] to inquire about access to recorded videos from the event.