Jennie Chin Hansen is the senior strategic advisor and immediate past CEO of the American Geriatrics Society, the largest professional membership organization of physicians (mainly geriatricians) and other health professionals committed to the care of older adults with care complexity. In May, 2010, she completed her two year term as president of the 38 million member AARP following six additional years on AARP’s national board of directors. Prior service includes nearly 25 years with On Lok, Inc., a nonprofit family of organizations providing integrated, globally financed and comprehensive medical and community-based services for frail older people in San Francisco. On Lok’s groundbreaking fully capitated, integrated and coordinated service delivery became the prototype for the 1997 federal law that incorporated the Program of All Inclusive Care to the Elderly (PACE) into the Medicare and Medicaid programs. PACE now operates in over 31 states. In 2011, Hansen completed a six-year term as a federal commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). She currently serves as a board member of the SCAN Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). She also serves on the American Hospital Association (AHA) Equity of Care Committee. Since 2012, she has been appointed to the national Veteran’s Administration Advisory Committee on Gerontology and Geriatrics and the Department of HHS’ National Institutes of Health-National Advisory Council on Aging. In 2015 she began her board service with the Dignity Health which encompasses a 39 hospital system and 400 other sites of care along with 55,000 staff.
Her honors include a 2004 CMS Administrator’s Award of Achievement, 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. In March 2015, she was inducted into the American Society on Aging’s Hall of Fame. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In addition she has received alumni awards from the University of California, San Francisco and Boston College, including an honorary doctorate.