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Award-Winning CBOs Discuss Their Innovative Programs and Partnerships with Health Care

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Each year, The John A. Hartford Foundation Business Innovation Award recognizes community-based organizations that are improving health outcomes and quality of life for older adults and/or persons with disabilities, in their communities. Runners up for The John A. Hartford Foundation 2021 Business Innovation Award were Daybreak’s Rapid Response Case Management Pilot (RRCM) and the Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington’s (AAADSW) Community Paramedicine program, both programs that work with multiple community partners to improve the health and quality of life of individuals who are frequent users of emergency services. Join this webinar to learn more about how Daybreak and AAADSW developed their programs and partnerships, the challenges they encountered along the way, and the outcomes they achieved.

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Identify the intent of The John A. Hartford Foundation 2020 Business Innovation Award;
  • Understand key elements of programs that support high emergency service utilizers;
  • List key components of a successful partnership between community-based organizations and healthcare entities.


Christina Marneris is community services manager at AAADSW, where she has been for 13 years, and is responsible for planning and managing federal, state and pilot long-term services and supports for older adults, adults with disabilities and their family caregivers.

Ofra Paz is executive director of DayBreak, with more than 15 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in the nonprofit sector. Paz joined DayBreak in 2015, and has led the organization through a leadership transition, expanding existing programs, and developing new lines of services and strategic partnerships, with government agencies, healthcare systems and other nonprofits.

Rani E. Snyder, MPA, is vice president, Program, at The John A. Hartford Foundation. She has more than 25 years’ experience working with healthcare institutions across the country, improving the care of older adults, identifying and guiding healthcare programs that have set the standard for medical best practices, increasing medical education opportunities, and maximizing resources to improve healthcare broadly. At The John A. Hartford Foundation she coordinates initiatives that foster collaboration among academic institutions, hospitals and healthcare providers to build Age-Friendly Health Systems, support family caregivers, and improve serious illness and end-of-life care. Also she chairs the board at Grantmakers in Aging, is a board member at ASA, a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and served as a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman for the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division.

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