Jennie Chin Hansen is CEO of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and immediate past president of AARP. The AGS is the nation's leading membership organization of geriatrics health care professionals, whose shared mission is to improve the health, independence and quality of life of older people.
As a pivotal force in shaping practices, policies and perspectives in the field, the Society focuses on advancing eldercare research; advancing academic preparation and enhancing clinical practice in eldercare; raising public awareness of the health care needs of older people; and advocating for public policy that ensures older adults access to quality, appropriate, cost-effective care.
In 2005, Hansen transitioned after nearly 25 years with On Lok, Inc., a nonprofit family of organizations providing integrated, globally financed and comprehensive primary, acute and long-term care community-based services for older people in San Francisco. On Lok's groundbreaking coordinated service delivery became the model for the 1997 federal law that incorporated the Program of All Inclusive Care to the Elderly (PACE) into the Medicare and Medicaid programs. By 2011, PACE had more than 80 urban and rural programs in 29 states.
In May 2010, she completed her two-year term as AARP President, leading the organization through the national debate over health care reform. Prior to that position, she had served six years on the AARP national board of directors.
In 2008, Hansen completed a six-year term as a federal commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). In 2010 she served as an IOM member on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing. She currently serves as a board member of the SCAN Foundation and a board officer of the National Academy of Social Insurance. She also serves as a board member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the American Hospital Association (AHA) Equity of Care Committee and is also cochair of the steering committee for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC).
Hansen has received multiple awards over the years including the 2002 Gerontological Society of America Maxwell Pollack Award for Productive Aging, an honorary doctorate from Boston College in 2008, a 2010 Innovator in Health Award from the New England Healthcare Institute and the 2011 Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care in Long-Term Care.
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