July 21, 2017
 
Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grants $980K to 10 Nonprofits

December 23, 2016 — The Tufts Health Plan Foundation, based in Watertown, this week announced that it has awarded $980,551 to 10 Greater Boston nonprofits that collectively are engaging scores of community organizations to advance policies and practices that support healthy aging.

“The momentum is building around age-friendly communities, and we are excited to partner with state and local leaders in their work to consider and include older adults,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. “We are proud collaborators on initiatives that promote cross-sector conversations, address challenges and inequities facing communities, and advance policies and practices that support people of all ages.”

Receiving the funding were the following organizations:
  • Citizens Housing and Planning Association, Boston: $100,000 to engage organizations that serve older adults and people with disabilities to advocate for statewide zoning and housing development reform that creates walkable communities and increases housing options, both supporting growth of age-friendly communities.

  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiatives, Boston: $100,000 to educate, train, and support residents as advocates for policy changes that result in stable, affordable housing and long-term plans that focus on development without displacement.

  • Friends of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Brighton: $150,000 to develop/conduct research that provides evidence to advance policy changes promoting affordable senior housing that integrates supportive services.

  • Health Resources in Action, Boston: $145,000 to train community residents to advocate for policies, systems, and environmental changes that make communities healthier for everyone as they age, plus 50,000 to provide three regional trainings culminating in a statewide conference that mobilizes community partners in the coordination, identification, and initiation of health impact assessments for their regions.

  • Healthy Waltham, Waltham: $62,720 to support Waltham Connections, a collaboration of seniors and stakeholders from community organizations and city government that will focus on advocacy and develop programs to support diverse populations and address gaps in access.

  • Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Waltham: $67,831 to advance dementia-friendly initiatives that accelerate and expand systems and grassroots programs across Massachusetts.

  • Massachusetts Association of Home Care Programs/Area Agencies on Aging, Bedford: $75,000 to tackle barriers that limit care in community after a hospital discharge and advocate for improved policies and best practices that support healthy aging in community.

  • Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston: $50,000 to improve and refine the system used to access Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP) benefits and ensure that older adults in most need are able to access and retain critical benefits.

  • Massachusetts Public Health Association, Boston: $130,000 to engage in statewide policy initiatives that support the development of age-friendly communities by addressing the social determinants of health such as access to affordable food, housing, and transportation.

  • Operation A.B.L.E., Boston: $50,000 to develop an advocacy and public awareness campaign that strengthens employers’ understanding of the value of mature workers and expands the network of those hiring mature workers.

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