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The John A. Hartford Foundation Awards PHI a Grant to Commemorate Retirement of Corinne H. Rieder

July 23, 2015

The John A. Hartford Foundation awarded PHI a $50,000 grant in honor of Corinne H. Rieder, Ed.D., who as president led the Foundation for nearly 20 years until her retirement this spring. Dr. Rieder is widely credited with overseeing the private philanthropy’s expanding commitment to aging and health.

Dr. Rieder chose PHI to receive the one-time grant, when the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Board of Trustees gave her the opportunity to select one of its grantees to receive the award to commemorate her retirement.

“Since I first came to know PHI more than a decade ago, I have always admired what you and your colleagues are doing to improve the lives of people who care for individuals who need home or residential care,” said Dr. Rieder in her award letter. “I am happy to be able to do this.”

“We are honored that Dr. Rieder singled out PHI to receive an award in her name. She has been an unwavering supporter of PHI, recognizing that building a well-trained, fairly compensated, and stable direct-care workforce is critical to ensure that older adults receive quality long-term services and supports,” said PHI President Jodi M. Sturgeon.

The John A. Hartford Foundation’s long-time support has been crucial to broadening and deepening PHI’s impact on long-term supports and services through its practice and policy work.

For example, the Foundation was an early champion of the PHI Coaching Approach®, a suite of training and change management services that strengthens leadership, communication, and team-building skills. With the John A. Hartford Foundation’s support, PHI launched a four-year program, the Center for Coaching Supervision and Leadership, that offered training and support to over 1,300 nurses and other supervisors in 31 provider organizations and included a program evaluation providing quantitative evidence of the success of the PHI Coaching Approach.

PHI’s policy work to improve the quality of direct-care jobs and care for consumers, including creating career advancement opportunities for direct-care workers and integrating direct-care workers into interdisciplinary care teams, has also been made possible with funding from the Foundation.

“PHI’s mission is well-aligned with the John A. Hartford Foundation’s goals, making for a partnership that has grown stronger and more effective over the years,” said Sturgeon. “We are grateful to Dr. Rieder and the Foundation for their generous support to improve the quality of direct-care jobs as a strategy to improve the health of older Americans.”

— by Deane Beebe

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