As California approaches a major surge in its aging population, the demand for a high-performing aging and long-term care system will also expand. Given the state's ongoing fiscal and budget challenges, meeting the needs of older Californians will require effective partnerships between the public and private sectors. To that end, California foundations are well-positioned to partner with the state in improving the system that delivers care and supportive services to some of its most vulnerable residents.
The attached report is titled, "Improving California's Aging Services and Long-Term Care System: Blueprint for Partnerships Between California Foundations and State Policymakers." The thoughtful analysis describes the unique role of California's largest foundations in improving the health outcomes of its residents. As stated in the report, ".strategic investment of philanthropic resources can serve as a catalyst for change and quality improvement, and provide leverage to secure federal funds or other sources of funding."
The seven California foundations that collaborated on this report, including the Archstone Foundation, are committed to improving the state's aging and long-term care system. They share a vision that the state must be structurally prepared to meet the growing demand for these services, delivered in a more person-centered manner, and in a way that ensures the dignity and independence of all who utilize them.
Each of the foundations listed in the Blueprint is commited to addressing the needs of California's vulnerable older adult population.