Palliative Care & Age-Friendly Health Systems

Why "What Matters" Matters

Amy Berman, a senior program officer with The John A. Hartford Foundation, will share her story about living well for nearly 10 years with stage IV cancer as an example of why “What Matters” really matters. What Matters also frames a new national movement around the care of older adults. Dr. Berman will offer a briefing on Age-Friendly Health Systems including opportunities to get engaged in California.


Amy Berman, RN, LHD, FAAN
Amy Berman, RN, LHD, FAAN

Amy Berman, RN, LHD, FAAN

Amy Berman is a Senior Program Officer with The John A. Hartford Foundation. She heads the Foundation’s development and dissemination of innovative, cost-effective Models of Care that improve health outcomes for older adults. Among these efforts, Dr. Berman is responsible for the Foundation’s work on Age-Friendly Health Systems, as well as work to advance palliative care.

Dr. Berman openly shares her experiences living with Stage IV breast cancer. She has presented to the Institute on Medicine and has authored numerous pieces about her health care choices, palliative care, and implications for patients, practice, and policy.

Prior to the Foundation, Dr. Berman served as Nursing Education Initiatives Director for the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, and before joining New York University, Dr. Berman worked in home health care administration for twenty years with responsibility for quality improvement, health information technology, accreditation, and regulatory compliance.

She earned a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Quinnipiac University, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from New York University College of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Geriatric Scholar Certificate from the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers.

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