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Tufts Health Plan Foundatin Invests $1.8 Million to Promote Health, Wellness in Vulnerable Communities

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August 1st, 2016
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The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced community investments of more than $1.8 million. Focused on systems and best practices, these grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to supporting innovative approaches to improving health and wellness in diverse communities.

“These initiatives are inclusive, led by community, and represent true cross-sector collaboration. By leveraging Foundation resources, grantees can implement promising practices and proven strategies—and accelerate progress,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan.

The new investments align with the Foundation’s support for age-friendly communities. The initiatives tackle a range of issues—from access to health care and social isolation of older adults to managing chronic diseases and elder abuse.  

“These initiatives scale successful programs and create a promise for better results in vulnerable communities,” said Moreno Cargie. “They are addressing critical issues that disproportionately affect these communities, particularly older adults.”

The 12 new grants engage nearly 300 community organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Awarded under the Foundation’s Systems and Best Practices focus area, they include activities in Health and Wellness,  Purposeful Engagement, and Field and Capacity Building.

·        Bridges Together (Sudbury, MA) Building Intergenerational Bridges in 45 Communities
To expand to 45 communities this intergenerational program that places older adult volunteers in school classrooms across the state.
·        Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (Brockton, MA) Bringing Health Home
To improve access to health promotion programs for older adults and residents in public housing.
·        Elder Services of Merrimack Valley (Lawrence, MA) Healthy Living Center of Excellence
To support this network of 90+ community-based providers that offers evidence-based programs to older adults throughout the Commonwealth.
·        Friends of Yarmouth Council on Aging (Yarmouth, MA) Age-Friendly Yarmouth to Cape Cod: Continuous Improvement Plan Year 2
To implement activities to address community needs identified by the age-friendly survey.
·        Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston (Boston, MA) Environmental Scan of Assets and Activities Supporting Dementia-Friendly Communities in Massachusetts
To identify dementia- and age-friendly resources, assets, and programs in Massachusetts and help build learning communities that lead to making Massachusetts a leader in the age- and dementia-friendly movements.
·        Greater Boston Legal Services (Boston, MA) Elder Abuse Prevention Project of Greater Boston Legal Services
To expand this elder abuse prevention program to four additional communities—Chelsea, Malden, Quincy, and Somerville.
·        Massachusetts Health Aging Collaborative (Massachusetts) Building Capacity of the Massachusetts Health Aging Collaborative to Drive Change
To provide initial support for staffing to advance the collaborative’s work, connect and align the age-friendly system, and build community capacity.
·        Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (Boston, MA) Building Effective Hoarding Response for Boston and Cambridge Elders
To shift municipal agencies from a punitive response to a holistic case management approach to hoarding in older adults.
·        St. Elizabeth Community (Providence, RI) The WellCare Program
To launch the nationally recognized Support and Services at Home (SASH) program, a proven best practice, in Rhode Island.
·        Sustainable Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission Foundation (Manchester, NH) Becoming an Age-Friendly Community – A Step-by-Step Analysis and Guide for SNHPC Communities
To support capacity building and the development of community plans that include age-friendly policies and practices.
·        Transition House (Cambridge, MA) Community Solutions to Domestic Violence: Focus on Elders
To expand a pilot that addresses domestic violence among older adults in Cambridge by implementing a coordinated community approach.

The Foundation also awarded a grant from the James Roosevelt, Jr., Leadership Fund, which is designed to support community leaders in their work with multiple stakeholders toward a common community goal. This investment supports:

·        Whittier Street Health Center (Roxbury, MA) Mind/Body Wellness Intervention for Seniors
To implement programs taking a holistic approach to promoting healthy living and disease management for older adults.

About our grant program
How are grants awarded?
Tufts Health Plan Foundation reviews grant applications twice a year. Interested organizations can submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) using the online system at tuftshealthplanfoundation.org. After LOIs are reviewed, staff will invite full proposals. Systems and Best Practices grants are announced in June. Policy and Advocacy grants are announced in December. Letters of inquiry for the Policy and Advocacy grant cycle are due on July 20, 2016.

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