The John A. Hartford Foundation 2023 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 and health plans, with the goal of spurring the replication of these partnerships nationwide.

Each year the award recognizes one or more CBO—health care contracts or partnerships that are improving health outcomes and/or quality of life for older adults and/or persons with disabilities. Award recipients will have demonstrated the pursuit of bold, transformative initiatives designed to integrate health care and long-term services and supports and increase the sustainability of their organization. The award is sponsored by the Aging and Disability Business Institute, which is part of USAging. ­­­­­­Learn more about past winners here. 

In 2023 we especially invite applicants to highlight innovations related to health care contracting and one or more of the following areas related to age-friendly care and the 4Ms (what matters, medication, mentation and mobility):

  • Advance care planning
  • Care coordination
  • Caregiving
  • Dementia care
  • Health equity or health disparities
  • Medication management
  • Person-centered planning
  • Transportation


Nominations from a broad array of aging and disability CBOs and networks are encouraged. Eligible recipients include, but are not limited to, Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, networks of CBOs, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofit or government-based community-based aging and disability services providers. Organizations are permitted to nominate themselves.

Nomination Process

To nominate an entity for The John A. Hartford Foundation 2023 Business Innovation Award, please complete the nomination form in its entirety. Incomplete forms will not be considered. If you have any questions, please email the Aging and Disability Business Institute at businessinstitute@usaging.org.   

Nominations close on Friday, May 5, 2023, 11:59 pm ET.

Selection of Recipient(s)

Award winners will be chosen by a review committee consisting of representatives from the Aging and Disability Business Institute, foundations, health care entities and CBOs. The review committee will select one winner and up to two runners-up.

Recipients will be announced and recognized at USAging’s Annual Conference and Tradeshow July 16-19 in Salt Lake City.  All recipients will receive a plaque and the first-place winner will receive a monetary award of up to $5,000.

About the Aging and Disability Business Institute

Led by USAging in partnership with the most experienced and respected organizations in the Aging and Disability Networks, the mission of the Aging and Disability Business Institute is to build and strengthen partnerships between aging and disability CBOs and the health care system. The Aging and Disability Business Institute provides CBOs with the tools and resources to successfully adapt to a changing health care environment, enhance their organizational capacity and capitalize on emerging opportunities to diversify funding. Learn more at aginganddisabilitybusinessinstitute.org.


USAging is a 501(c)(3) membership association representing America’s national network of 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and providing a voice in the nation’s capital for the more than 250 Title VI Native American aging programs. Learn more by visiting usaging.org and following @theUSAging on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About The John A. Hartford Foundation

The John A. Hartford Foundation, based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan, national philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. The leader in the field of aging and health, the Foundation has three priority areas: creating age-friendly health systems, supporting family caregivers, and improving serious illness and end-of-life care. For more information, visit johnahartford.org and follow @johnahartford on social media.