Policy and Advocacy
Engaging in policy and advocacy is essential to building healthy communities. As communities work on age-friendly ideas that are relevant to them, the Foundation will support efforts that are inclusive, collaborative, address quality of life, and improve conditions for all across the lifespan. One aging framework we use is that of the World Health Organization Age-Friendly Cities initiative. Policy and Advocacy initiatives we will consider include:
- Built environment
- Social and civic participation and inclusion
- Communication and information
- Community support and health services
Proposals should include:
- Community/civic engagement of diverse stakeholders in communities to mobilize and affect change
- Participation among key stakeholders, including the voice of older adults, to support planning, policy and advocacy initiatives
- Expanded access to programs and services as well as system change/improvement
Community and Civic Engagement
The Foundation will support nonprofits that address or support issues/actions that lead to changes in the communities they serve. Activities can include (1) convening diverse stakeholders, (2) planning, and (3) engaging in policy activities that can lead to healthy communities and age-friendly cities.
Access to Programs and Services
Improved access to programs and services — transportation, housing, food access, etc.— by all members of a community, including older adults, will lead to a better quality of life. More information and greater awareness about how older adults can participate in improving their lives, health, and wellbeing is also necessary. The Foundation will support activities that improve access.