Support for Cycle 2, 2015 Grants

Policy and Advocacy

“Health Resources in Action is proud to partner with the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and others on the Massachusetts Convergence Partnership project.  Through this public/private funder collaborative, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation alongside other leading philanthropic and public entities works to increase the number of healthy people living in healthy places.  By changing systems and fostering environments we hope to improve population health for residents and reduce health care costs throughout the state."

Steve Ridini, EdD
Vice President 
Health Resources in Action

"The Home Care Aide Foundation is honored to have been awarded funding through the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. We are committed to enhancing quality of care throughout the home care industry by focusing on the advancement of the home care aide workforce and the agencies that employ these workers. The support provided by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation allows Massachusetts to take a crucial step forward in understanding the current status of the home care workforce and industry and use this evidence to identify priority areas for policy change and legislative action in the Commonwealth. We can't wait to get started!"

Lisa Gurgone, MS
Executive Director
Home Care Aide Council

“Access to SNAP food assistance benefits is a critical lifeline to ensuring our seniors remain healthy and live in dignity.  Yet, far too many low income seniors in our state have fallen through the cracks, unable to access SNAP benefits because of administrative barriers.  Massachusetts has a significant opportunity to address longstanding challenges in the state’s SNAP program.  In collaboration with our community partners, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute will develop and pursue strategies to address systemic barriers to SNAP access including: training community partners on effective ways to assist seniors seeking federal nutrition benefits, working with our state agencies to improve access and using data-driven opportunities to expand participation in the SNAP nutrition program.  We are grateful to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation for supporting this important collaborative systems-change work.”  

Georgia Katsoulomitis
Executive Director 
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

“MPHA is excited and proud to partner with the Tufts Health Plan Foundation to expand our work building age-friendly communities across Massachusetts.  With the support of the Foundation, MPHA will take our advocacy, organizing, and coalition-building work to the next level as we advocate for access to affordable healthy food, active transportation, walkable neighborhoods, and housing stability. MPHA has a long track record of success in doing this work.  The support of the Foundation will allow us to continue to expand the breadth and depth of our engagement with a focus in low-income communities and communities of color where chronic disease is most prevalent and inequities for residents of all ages are greatest.” 

Rebekah Gewirtz
Executive Director
Massachusetts Public Health Association

“We would like to thank the Tufts Health Plan Foundation for their strong commitment to the empowerment of lower income elders from across the Commonwealth so that they may have a strong collective voice on community and policy issues that affect their health and well-being. This investment in our infrastructure positions us to reach into new communities and support the leadership of older adults on a range of issues.”

Carolyn Villers
Executive Director
Massachusetts Senior Action Council

Tufts Health Plan Foundation has made it possible for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare to continue an eminent symposia series focused on health and retirement security. We are grateful for their generous support for our spring Boston event which will attract policy and healthcare experts along with education, advocacy and opinion leaders to explore the future of Medicare.”

Ellen Morgenstern
Senior Advisor, Office of the President
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

“Rhode Island College and the Rhode Island College Foundation are excited for the opportunity to bring our expertise to the development of the state's Long Term Care Coordinating Council's strategic plan, and we look forward to continued collaboration with community organizations to make Rhode Island a truly age-friendly state.”

Nancy Carriuolo
President
Rhode Island College

“This grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation will enable us to mobilize, recruit and develop senior consumers as leaders in a campaign to improve non-emergency medical transportation and protect no-fare transit services for very low-income seniors, especially in rural and southern regions of Rhode Island.”

William F. Flynn, Jr. MSW
Executive Director
The Senior Agenda Coalition of RI

“WalkBoston is thrilled that the Tufts Health Plan Foundation will underwrite our project to help transform Boston into a truly age-friendly city for walking.  In close partnership with city agencies and older Bostonians, WalkBoston will establish guidelines and procedures to build the needs of seniors into Boston's plans and investments in neighborhood sidewalks and streets.  We are so pleased that the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging will provide matching funds for the project and help us engage with an even broader network.”

Wendy Landman
Executive Director
WalkBoston

Systems and Best Practices

“FSG is honored to partner with the Tufts Health Plan Foundation to help increase the alignment, coordination, and effectiveness of age-friendly community efforts throughout Massachusetts.” 

Greg Hills
Managing Director
FSG

“Making communities across the country age-friendly does not mean that we are solely focused on making them better for older people. On the contrary, our aim is to create communities that are great places to grow up and grow old.  The work supported by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation will allow us to take our experience and resources developed in working in other parts of the United States and localize them to communities in New England.  We are proud to be involved in this important effort in bringing people together in a new way to make communities better for all ages.”

John Feather, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Grantmakers in Aging

President’s Leadership Fund

"CHAPA is thrilled to receive a President's Leadership Fund grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation on behalf of the On Solid Ground Coalition. This support will enable the On Solid Ground Coalition to make tremendous strides in addressing homelessness prevention and poverty in Massachusetts. Through a coordinated, cross-sector approach among stakeholders in the health, housing, education, and employment fields, we will develop a shared vocabulary, vision, and advocacy agenda. Most importantly, funding from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation allows us to strive for substantive systems changes that will have meaningful, lasting impacts for low income families, seniors and individuals. 

In addition, support for CHAPA from the health sector illustrates the fundamental interconnections between decent, affordable housing and the health and well-being of people with low incomes.”

Rachel Heller
Director of Public Policy
Citizens' Housing and Planning Association

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