Chronic Care Initiative

Investigator: Claire Brindis, DrPH
Sponsor: Atlantic Philanthropies

Location(s): United States


While government programmes like Social Security and Medicare dramatically lower the poverty rate and improve the health of many older Americans, economic insecurity and inadequate health care persist for large segments of the older population in the United States, especially women, people of colour and older adults living alone. Government reporting underestimates the number of people facing economic hardship and inadequately reflects the true cost of living. This exacerbates the situation for struggling older adults by reducing opportunities for assistance. 

Atlantic supports efforts to accurately measure the needs of older adults, as well as to ensure access to stable sources of income and other entitled benefits for low-income older adults, like Social Security, Medicare and pensions.   

Atlantic also seeks to improve the quality of health care for older adults with chronic conditions by making systemic changes that better coordinate care and reduce costs.