Tufts Health Plan Foundation Invests More Than $1.5 Million to Support Collaborations Working for Age-Friendly Policies
Advances Efforts to Improve Quality of Life
for People of All Ages
WATERTOWN, MA – December 17, 2015 – The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today investments of more than $1.5 million to move communities toward achieving age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on the most vulnerable, and include older adults in the process. The investments represent collaborative work among more than 200 organizations.
“Advocating for public policy or systems change is critical to achieving social change at scale,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan. “We are investing in initiatives that promote coalitions and advance strategies that bring government, community organizations, and older adults together to create a vision for the future of their communities. And we are supporting the development of policy recommendations that will make communities more vibrant and livable for everyone.”
The portfolio of grants approved by the Foundation’s board supports initiatives that stress collaboration and community involvement, engage diverse stakeholders to mobilize change, include the voice of older adults, and expand access by implementing system changes. Fourteen organizations were funded this cycle. In total, the Foundation awarded $3.5 million in grants in 2015.
“By addressing access and inequity, the Foundation hopes to improve the quality of life for older adults. Critical in these investments is collaboration with key stakeholders who understand the community experience and whose design solutions will have deeper impact because they are inclusive,” said Moreno Cargie.
Policy and Advocacy grantees include a national initiative and statewide projects in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Grant recipients include:
- Community Catalyst, fiscal agent for Senior Agenda Coalition of Rhode Island, (Providence, RI), Rhode Island Senior Voices for Aging in the Community
- Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (Boston, MA), Health Care Advocacy
- Health Resources in Action (Boston, MA), Massachusetts Convergence Partnership and Mass in Motion and Leadership Program
- Home Care Aide Foundation (Belmont, MA), Setting the Agenda: Data-Driven Advocacy to Address Home Care Aide Policy
- Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (Boston, MA), Massachusetts Law Reform Institute’s Anti-Hunger Advocacy Project
- Massachusetts Public Health Association (Boston, MA), Advancing Health Equity and Age-friendly Communities
- Massachusetts Senior Action Council (Dorchester, MA), Seniors Power Up! Developing Leaders for Civic Engagement
- National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (Washington, DC), Medicare at Half a Century: Facing the Challenges with Innovative Solutions, A thought leadership symposium
- Rhode Island College Foundation (Providence, RI), Building an Age-Friendly Rhode Island
- Walk Boston (Boston, MA), Safe Routes for Boston Seniors
Support for Systems and Best Practices went to:
- FSG (Boston, MA), Capacity Building
- Grantmakers in Aging (Arlington, VA), Building an Age-friendly Movement in MA, NH and RI: Developing Learning Circles and Key Strategic Resources
President’s Leadership Fund grants were awarded to:
- Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (Boston, MA), On Solid Ground Coalition
- Greater Boston Food Bank (Boston, MA), Creating Food Security Networks for Seniors
Click here to read supporting quotes from grant recipients.