March 28, 2020
Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grants $1.3M to 11 Nonprofits

July 16, 2018 — The Tufts Health Plan Foundation last week announced it has awarded $1,382,121 to 11 Massachusetts nonprofits that work to make communities healthier for people of all ages, with a specific interest in engaging older adults.

“Each community will follow its own path to becoming age- and dementia-friendly. Support from Tufts Health Plan Foundation helps ensure resources reach under-represented communities at greatest risk for disparities,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation . “Everyone has a voice; it’s important that we listen.”

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Cape Cod Foundation, South Yarmouth: $121,520 to build upon initial planning to undertake assessment and action plan development for a regional age- and dementia-friendly effort on Cape Cod.

  • Coastline Elderly Services , (New Bedford, Mass.) Age-Friendly Greater New Bedford—to create thriving communities that reflect and honor the diversity of older people; engage community members, businesses and civic leaders; and positively change attitudes towards aging in New Bedford. Three-year grant for $245,000.

  • Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, Lawrence: $93,788 to transition a fully integrated, statewide network for program delivery from reliance on philanthropic support to one that has an established value proposition for health care providers, housing and other payers.

  • Enterprise Community Partners, Boston: $50,000 to support the continuation of a successful health and housing learning collaborative that includes Boston-area community development corporations.

  • ETHOS, Jamaica Plain: $80,000 to improve the systems used by aging services and other providers to reach, engage and serve LGBT elders and to help providers become more relevant to older LGBT people.

  • Friends of Dedham Council on Aging , Dedham: $57,000 to build the capacity of the Livable Dedham initiative, a suburban model/example of an age-friendly community.

  • Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence: $199,813 to lead a multi-stakeholder group that will plan, assess and develop strategies to support age-friendly efforts in Lawrence.

  • Honoring Choices Massachusetts, Weston: $45,000 to expand into New Hampshire and Rhode Island to engage older adults in peer-to-peer health care planning discussions.

  • Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Boston: $270,000 to build and strengthen the capacity of nonprofits and frontline staff to focus on older adult mental health, substance use, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse conditions.

  • Mill City Grows, Lowell: $20,000 to increase older people’s access to fresh, local foods in Lowell through marketing, incentives, conveniently placed mobile market locations and a tailored product line.

  • University of Massachusetts Foundation, Boston: $200,000 to leverage partnerships, build collaborations, and intersect with initiatives in other sectors identified as priorities in the implementation phase of Age-Friendly Boston Initiative.

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