The John A. Hartford Foundation Business Innovation Award

The John A. Hartford Foundation Business Innovation Award highlights the successes of community-based organizations (CBOs) that are partnering and contracting with health care entities, such as hospitals, health plans and accountable care organizations, to reduce health care costs and improve the well-being of older adults and people with disabilities in their communities. By recognizing these innovative programs, the Business Institute hopes to spur the replication of these partnerships nationwide.

Each year, the award recognizes CBOs that are improving health outcomes and quality of life for older adults and/or persons with disabilities in their communities. Award recipients demonstrate the pursuit of bold, transformative initiatives designed to integrate health care and long-term services and supports, and increase their sustainability. Eligible recipients include community-based aging and disability organizations, such as Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofit or government-based community-based aging and disability services providers.

Past recipients of this award include the Institute on Aging, Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly (CLESE), the Virginia Area Agencies on Aging–Caring for the Commonwealth (VAAACares), and the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA).


Receiving The John A. Hartford Foundation Business Innovation Award on behalf of VAAACares was one of the highlights of my professional life. I was thrilled to have our innovative approach linking health care and CBOs to more effectively address Social Determinants of Health issues for older adults and people with disabilities recognized by The John A. Hartford Foundation. This prestigious award has been invaluable in promoting our accomplishments and has opened many doors for current and future partnerships.”

Kathy Vesley-Massey, CEO, VAAACares


The award, which is presented at the n4a Annual Conference and Tradeshow each year, includes a plaque and monetary award of up to $5,000. The award is presented by the Aging and Disability Business Institute, which is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a).