November 18, 2017
 
Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grants $1.1M to 15 Nonprofits

June 22, 2017 — Tufts Health Plan Foundation recently announced that it awarded $1,199,214 to 15 Massachusetts nonprofits that advance age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older adults, and include them in community solutions.

“Momentum is building around the age-friendly movement,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan. “These grants emphasize collaboration and system change [and]...will lead to health improvements for older adults and the entire community.”

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, Waltham: $240,875 to increase workforce capacity for addressing dementia-related issues by training first responders, direct health care workers, and professionals from various community sectors.

  • Berkshires Tomorrow, Pittsfield: $178,510 to grow and expand Age-Friendly Berkshires, a diverse stakeholder collaboration, by implementing their Age-Friendly Action Plan.

  • Boston University, Boston: $138,889 to address older adults’ behavioral health needs through an awareness campaign and training in partnership with the Age-Friendly New Bedford Coalition.

  • Enterprise Community Partners, Boston: $50,000 to build capacity for Boston-area Community Development Corporations to engage in a health and housing learning collaborative whose ultimate goal is for older adults to benefit from improved individual and community health.

  • Friends of Dedham Council on Aging, Dedham: $54,545 to build the capacity of Livable Dedham initiative as it takes on age-friendly initiatives in its community.

  • Friends of Salem Council on Aging, Salem: $30,000 to support a feasibility study for convenient, accessible, and affordable transportation through an intra-city shuttle for Salem residents, especially older adults.

  • Friends of Yarmouth Council on Aging, Yarmouth: $89,000 to implement activities identified in the age-friendly survey and advance regional age-friendly work throughout Cape Cod.

  • Friends of the Belmont Council on Aging, Belmont: $8,000 to support a community needs assessment documenting how to make Belmont more age-friendly.

  • The Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston: $30,000 to strengthen the food security network and expand older adults’ access to fresh, nutritious food.

  • Honoring Choices Massachusetts, Weston: $55,000 to launch an ambassador program supporting peer-to-peer healthcare planning discussions for older adults.

  • The Latino Health Insurance Program, Framingham: $50,000 to expand training and access to a Spanish language, evidence-based diabetes program for older adults.

  • Mill City Grows, Lowell: $15,000 to pilot and expand mobile market stops to include older adults who have not been able to access fresh food markets.

  • Partners for a Healthier Community, Springfield to $99,988 build the capacity of Springfield residents and stakeholders as they advocate for and advance an age-friendly framework focused on housing and transportation.

  • Whittier Street Health Center, Roxbury: $55,302 to help older adults remain physically and mentally healthy as they age in community by improving access to clinical interventions through community-based social supports.

  • University of Massachusetts Foundation, Boston: $104,105 to leverage partnerships, build new collaborations and engagement, and intersect with initiatives in priority sectors as identified in the implementation phase and Age-Friendly Boston Action Plan.

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