27th Annual Caring for the Frail Elderly Conference


Holiday Inn Executive Center • Columbia, MO
August 18-19, 2017


To provide a forum for updating health professionals caring for the elderly in the areas of medical management, interdisciplinary care, and system change.

Pre-Conference Session

  • SICP: Serious Illness Care Planning – Communication in Serious Illness

Featured Topics:

  • Pursing the Triple Aim: A Pathway to High Quality End of Life Care
  • Comprehensive Advanced Care Planning
  • Best Practices in Infection Control in the Long Term Care Setting
  • Dysrhythmias in the Elderly
  • Technological Innovations: Early Illness Detection in the Frail Elderly
  • Death Cafes: Making Death a Comfortable Conversation Topic
  • Workforce Challenges in Providing Quality Care

See conference agenda for complete program!

Featured Speakers:

Rani E. Snyder, MPA

Rani Snyder is Program Director at The John A Hartford Foundation, a private philanthropy with the vision of a nation where all older adults receive high-value, evidence-based health care, are treated with respect and dignity, and have their goals and preferences honored. With more than 20 years of experience in working with pre-eminent health care institutions across the nation, Rani has demonstrated experience in identifying and guiding health care programs that have set the standard for medical best practices, increased medical education opportunities, and maximizing resources to improve health care broadly.

Prior to joining The John A. Hartford Foundation, Rani served with the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for 14 years, starting as a program officer with a promotion to director for the Foundation’s Health Care Programs. In that capacity, she managed more than $265 million in Health Care Grants to major medical facilities throughout the country, focusing on Aging and Quality of Life Programs as well as the Foundation’s $159 million investment in its Cardiovascular Clinical Research Program. During her tenure, Rani worked alongside the country’s most forward-thinking medical administrators and pioneering health care providers to create educational and clinical programs that have significantly advanced how patient care is delivered.  These include collaborative and groundbreaking programming at prestigious medical institutions such as Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, New York’s Mount Sinai Medical School, and UCLA’s academic health centers.

Currently, Rani serves as a board member for Grantmakers in Aging, a membership organization comprised of all types of philanthropies with a common dedication to improving the experience of aging.  She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in Health Care Policy from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, followed by a doctoral program in Health Services Research at the UCLA School of Public Health. She began her professional career with The John A. Hartford Foundation’s Health Care Cost and Quality (HCCQ) program before transitioning to supporting health policy initiatives at the Commonwealth Fund in New York City.

Rani’s entire career has been directed toward creating opportunities to improve the health of older adults through increased access to quality health care, enhanced health care delivery, improved medical education, collaborative partnerships, and expanded nursing and caregiver training. She brings that experience to The John A Hartford Foundation to coordinate initiatives that will foster collaboration among academic institutions, hospitals and medical providers to improve health care for all older adults.


David Atashroo, MD

Dr. Atashroo is a physician and startup founder/CEO dedicated to building value, equality, and efficiency into our often illogical healthcare system.  Graduate of the University of Missouri with a BS in Biology and an MD, he attended the University of Kentucky for Plastic Surgery residency.  During his tenure in the mid-west, Dr. Atashroo also founded a stop-gap health clinic in Columbia, MO and a surgical device startup.  He then moved to Stanford for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship and published/spoke widely on Tissue Engineering, Translational Medicine, and Stem Cell Biology.  Inspired by experiences during my medical training, Dr. Atashroo co-founded Copilots In Care with a colleague from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and MIT as a tech-enabled healthcare service to improve conversations, planning, and documentation at end of life.  He led B2B sales into health plans, business development, and a venture capital funding raise.  In December 2016, the team made the decision to sell the IP and assets of Copilots In Care to a local health plan in Southern California.

Sponsored by:

University of Missouri School of Medicine
University of Missouri Health Care
MU Interdisciplinary Center on Aging
University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing
University of Missouri School of Social Work
University of Missouri School of Health Professions
Continuing Medical Education & Physician Lifelong Learning
University of Missouri Extension

August 17, 2017
Holiday Inn Executive Center • Columbia, MO