Another Look

Another Look Grant ProgramThis program provides funding for health-related research projects that can improve the quality of care and the quality of life for the elderly population in nursing homes or other care facilities. Specifically, this program invites researchers to address a particular problem affecting the elderly in care facilities with data that already exists. New data collection will not be allowed in this program.

For the 2018 cycle, the Foundation welcomes all topics that relate to improving the health of elders in care facilities but is particularly interested in receiving letters of intent on the following topics:

  • The treatment of substance abuse and dependency or other mental health conditions other than delirium and dementia
  • Healthcare decisions by conservators or guardians and their effects on residents of care facilities
  • Interventions that improve oral health
  • Interventions that reduce disparities in health status

Researchers applying for this grant must identify a stakeholder in the care delivery or policy arena with whom they will either consult or collaborate and who is willing to work with the researcher to develop a research product that may be readily used to improve care or quality of life.

This year, the Foundation will invest approximately $750,000 in this grant program. Our goal is to award up to six two-year projects.

Eligibility Criteria

This program is open to PhD (or equivalent) investigators at tax-exempt research institutions in the United States. In order to receive the award, the applicant must demonstrate how their research question is important to the stakeholder and propose a rigorous research design. Stakeholder organizations cannot be the applicant organization. Grantees may use this award to augment funding for a project already funded through another grant.

Timeline for Application Process

February 5, 2018- Letter of intent deadline
April 16, 2018- Applications due
August 2018- Grant term begins

How To Apply

Another Look Grant Announcement and LOI Instructions
Another Look LOI Form
Another Look Application Instructions
Another Look Application Forms


Past Awardees


Laura Hatfield, PhD
Harvard School of Medicine
Stakeholder organization: Continuing Life LLC
“Using Telemedicine to Reduce Hospital Transfers”


Carolyn Thorpe, PhD, MPH
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Stakeholder organization: UPMC Senior Communities
“De-prescribing of Anti -dementia Medications”


Donovan Maust, MD
University of Michigan
“Unintended Effects of Antipsychotic Reduction in Nursing Homes”
Stakeholder Organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid; Michigan Great Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

Helen Temkin-Greener, PhD
University of Rochester
“Improving the Quality of Mental Health in Nursing Homes”
Stakeholder Organization: Finger Lakes Health System Agency

Kenneth Bookvar,MD
The New Jewish Home Research Institute on Aging
“Adverse Effects of Diuretics in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia”
Stakeholder Organization: Continuing Care Leadership Coalition and Greater New York Hospital Association

David C. Grabowski, PhD
Harvard Medical School
“The Impact of Enhanced Primary Care in Nursing Homes” Stakeholder Organization: OptumCare

Carrie H. Colla, PhD
Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth
“Transforming Nursing Home Care Under the ACO Model”
Stakeholder Organization: Federal  Coordinated Health Care Office


Marie Boltz, PhD and Jane Flanagan,
Boston College
“Post-Acute Outcomes in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia”
Stakeholder Organization: Massachusetts Office of Elder Affairs

Susan H. Busch, PhD
Yale School of Medicine
“Reducing Inappropriate Use of
Anti-Psychotic Medications in Nursing Homes”
Stakeholder Organization: Connecticut State Department on Aging

Andrew B. Cohen, MD, PhD
Yale School of Medicine
“End-of-Life Care for Nursing Home
Residents with Guardians”
Stakeholder Organizations: The Mary Wade House and the Office of Guardianship and Elder Services, Washington State Administrative Office of the Court

Stephen Crystal, PhD
Rutgers University
“Data Driven Quality Improvement for Safer Dementia Care in Texas”
Stakeholder Organization: Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

Lara Dhingra, PhD
Metropolitan Jewish Health System
“Institutional Special Needs Plans and Hospice in Nursing Homes:  Prevalence and patterns”
Stakeholder Organization: Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State

Sean Jeffrey, PharmD
University of Connecticut
“Preventing Medication-Associated
Stakeholder Organization: Department of Geriatric Medicine, Hartford Hospital

Mark S. Lachs, MD
Weill Cornell College of Medicine
“Annual Prevalence of Resident-to-Resident Mistreatment”
Stakeholder Organization: 1199SEIU/League Training and Employment Fund

Pamela Nadash, PhD
University of Massachusetts
“Nursing Home Satisfaction Measures: What is their relationship to quality”
Stakeholder Organization: National
Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

Jennifer Perloff, PhD
Brandeis University
“Accountable Care: Impact on nursing home services”
Stakeholder Organization: Hebrew


Jennifer Gaudet-Hefele, PhD
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Stakeholder organization: Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation
“Chasing Medicare: Impact of Post Acute Specialization”

Joseph T. Hanlon, PharmD
University of Pittsburgh
Stakeholder organization: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Senior Communities
“Cumulative CNS Medication Dosage and Serious Fall Injuries”

Yue Li, PhD
University of Rochester Medical Center Stakeholder organization: Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency “Reducing Avoidable Hospital Uses from Nursing Homes”

Kimberly Van Haitsma, PhD
The Pennsylvania State University
Stakeholder organization: The Pennsylvania Culture Change Coalition
“Assessing Resident preferences to advance person centered care”


Lisa Barry, PhD
University of Connecticut Health Center
Stakeholder organization: Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Department of Corrections
“A Community-Based Skilled Nursing Facility for Difficult-to-Place Residents”

Randi Berkowitz, MD
Commonwealth Care Alliance
Stakeholder organization: Northeast University
“Skilled Nursing Facility Shared Savings Plan”

Lew Lipsitz, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Stakeholder organization: Fourteen nursing homes in Massachusetts and Maine
“Evaluating the ECHO-AGE: Remote
Video-Consultations for NHS”

Joann Reinhardt, PhD
Jewish Home Lifecare
Stakeholder organization: Excellus
BlueCross BlueShield
“Improving End of Life Care in a Nursing Home”

Jennifer Tjia, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Stakeholder organization: Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation
“Evaluating an Elder Care Resident