New investments build on momentum in local communities

Nearly $270,000 awarded to support innovation

WATERTOWN, MA – November 15, 2018 – Twenty-seven local organizations each will receive a grant of up to $10,000 from Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s new Momentum Fund. The fund was established to foster new ideas and support cities and towns in their efforts to make their communities better places to grow up and grow old.

“We developed the Momentum Fund to help smaller communities and organizations that want to do this work,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president of corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “They are adopting more inclusive policies, building accessible parks and public spaces, and integrating age-friendly practices.”

The Momentum Fund is supporting 10 projects in Massachusetts, 10 in Rhode Island and 7 in New Hampshire. Each is community-led, addresses healthy aging and includes older people in the planning and implementation process.

“Many New England communities recognize older people as tremendous assets,” said Phillip González, the Foundation's senior program officer. “This is an opportunity for us to learn from communities as they innovate and collaborate to address the needs of that community.”

The Foundation convened review committees in each state to inform the grantmaking process. Review committee members have diverse backgrounds and experience, and will ensure that learning and insights are shared across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island as the Fund enters its second year.

The first recipients of Momentum Fund grants are:

Massachusetts

Boston Neighborhood Network
Roxbury, Mass.
Voices of Experience

Cambridge YWCA
Cambridge, Mass.
Community Conversations Sister to Sister: Novel Approach to Community Capacity Building through Diverse Stakeholder Partnerships

Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, Inc.
Boston, Mass.
IBA's Resident Services Program - Community Ambassadors Network

Jewish Family Service of Metrowest
Framingham, Mass.
JFS LGBT Health Care Access Project: Patient Navigators/Medical Escorts for Older LGBT People

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers
Cambridge, Mass.
MAPS Community Advocacy Project for Older People

Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center
Springfield, Mass.
Pioneer Valley Aging Communities Initiative

Quincy Asian Resources Inc.
Quincy, Mass.
Community Field Trips for Healthy Older Immigrants

Revitalize Community Development Corporation
Springfield, Mass.
Doorway to an Accessible, Safe & Healthy Home (DASHH)

Villages in the Berkshires
Lenox, Mass.
Designing a Village Model for Berkshire County, Massachusetts

Watertown for All Ages
Watertown, Mass.
Taking TRIPPS to Watertown: Using a New Online Tool to Create a Transportation Plan for Older People

New Hampshire

Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc.
Lebanon, N.H.
Experience/Arts in Northern New Hampshire

Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health
Laconia, N.H.
Winnipesaukee Village Network

Monadnock Family Services, Inc.
Keene, N.H.
Gatekeepers in the Monadnock Region

Upper Valley Community Nursing Project (Public Health Council of the Upper Valley is the fiscal agent)
Lebanon, N.H.
Community/Parish Nurse Electronic Documentation System Implementation

Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc.
Berlin, N.H.
Age Friendly Health and Art Classes

The Granite YMCA
Manchester, N.H.
Preventing Injuries When Older People Fall

United Valley Interfaith Project
Meriden, N.H.
Rollout of Useful Tools for Aging with Dignity Course

Rhode Island

Benjamin Church Senior Center, Inc.
Bristol, R.I.
Three-Part Alzheimer’s Disease Informational Series (for Community, Care Givers, and Healthcare Workers)

Catholic Social Services of R.I.
Providence, R.I.
Chores Service Programs in Rhode Island: Analysis and Case Studies

Child and Family Services of Newport County
Middletown, R.I.
Dementia Training for Life

Cranston Senior Services
Cranston, R.I.
Making Cranston a Dementia Friendly Community

Educational Center for Arts and Sciences
Providence, R.I.
Tufts Health Plan Matinés de Domingo. (Tufts Health Plan Sunday Matinees)

PACE Organization of Rhode Island
Providence, R.I.
Expanding Primary Care Access in the Community

Progreso Latino, Inc.
Central Falls, R.I.
Creating a Dementia-Friendly Central Falls

Roger Williams University
Providence, R.I.
Home Modification Community Assessment

The Providence Village of Rhode Island
Providence, R.I.
Building Age-Friendly Villages: A New Approach for Rhode Island

Westbay Community Action Program
Warwick, R.I.
Protective Support Fund for Older People

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