The Minnesota Northstar GWEP is utilizing the Age-Friendly Health Systems framework of the 4Ms, which represents a broad shift by health systems to focus on the needs of older adults.
The framework of the 4Ms organizes care and focuses on the older adults' wellness and strengths; these apply regardless of the functional problems older adults may experience and are inclusive of various cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. As GWEP works in Minnesota communities, we will incorporate the frame of the Age-Friendly Health System into existing health system resources.
The 4Ms Framework Focus on the Needs of Older Adults
|Age-Friendly WHAT?||Who Sponsors||Key Feature||Example|
|Community||AARP / WHO||Application process assigned by highest elected official; community planning / operations with Age-Friendly lens||Alexandria, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Northfield|
|County||AARP / WHO||Application processsigned by highest elected official; community planning / operations with age-friendly lens||Hennepin, Olmstead|
|State||AARP / WHO||Application processsigned by highest elected official; community planning / operations with age-friendly lens||Minnesota|
|Health System||IHI / John Hartford Foundation||Addresses 4Ms in medical care||Hospitals, ERs, clinics|
|Action Community||IHI||Eight-month process for health system to become Age-Friendly||Smiley's clinic and CUHCC in MN Northstar GWEP|
|University||Dublin City University; AGHEd||Adoption / I||University of Minnesota, Michigan State|