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Connecticut Healthy Aging Data Report

For the first time, Connecticut community leaders can access healthy aging data for every city and town. The report also includes important insights on statewide trends.

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Healthy Aging Data Reports

Learn about healthy aging in your Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Rhode Island community.

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Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative

Become a member to connect with other aging professionals, share resources, find programs, and more.

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Responding to LGBT Elders

Older LGBT people face unique challenges. With our support, Jamaica Plain-based Ethos can do more to change that paradigm.

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Bridging Generation Gaps

Isolation can take its toll on older people—even affecting our health. In Central Falls, R.I., an innovative intergenerational program works to change all that.

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Newly Released Connecticut Healthy Aging Data Report Details Older Adult Health in Every CT Community

June 17, 2021

The first-ever Connecticut Healthy Aging Data Report was released today, a compilation of data from almost 200 indicators of health. It is the first-of-its-kind to include 181 comprehensive community profiles: one for each of the state’s 169 cities and towns, plus 12 neighborhoods in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford. Connecticut is one of only four states in the nation to have such extensive data available for healthy aging. From the distribution of disease and disability to the impact of gender on health disparities to data on community engagement, housing and transportation, the report is a valuable guide for community leaders, agencies, planners, and residents to understand the older people living in their cities and towns.

The report is a foundation for advocates, including the CT Age Well Collaborative, a newly formed group of public, private and philanthropic aging and community leaders with the vision of an Age-Friendly Connecticut: a great place to grow up and grow old. Funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation, the research was conducted by the Gerontology Institute at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

“We are all aging,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for Corporate Citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “These data will help us age well as community leaders use the report to understand gaps and opportunities to improve the quality of life for all residents.”

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$1 Million Will Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Education in Communities of Color; First Joint Community Investment with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

February 4, 2021

The Foundation announced our first joint community investment with the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation today-- $1 million to 42 nonprofits in five states to support vaccine education, awareness and outreach in communities of color. Just one month after Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan announced their combined organization, this investment is an immediate response to emerging needs in Black and Brown communities across the region disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

“We are at an inflection point in the pandemic,” said Thomas Croswell, chief executive officer of the combined organization of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan, and a member of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation board. “As vaccine production and distribution are ramping up, important education efforts are taking place to address community concerns and we need to support them.”

Grants will support a range of organizations—from statewide organizations to local community nonprofits. They include faith-based organizations, trusted Black/Latinx-led community nonprofits, and organizations with experience coordinating multilingual efforts.

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Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards More Than $1.3 Million to 10 Community Organizations

December 17, 2020

Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced 10 new grants totaling $1.325 million. They demonstrate the Foundation’s commitment to advancing policies and practices that support healthy aging.

“We are seeing trends—notably food insecurity and the need to ensure our long-term services and supports system advances healthy aging,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “We’ve seen the consequences of generations of systemic racism; we hope these grants will create space to listen to and hear older people as they promote policy solutions that make sense for all of us.”

Tufts Health Plan Foundation is the only regional funder exclusively focused on healthy aging. The new grants engage older people in systems-level change to remove barriers responsible for inequities in communities across the region.

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2020 Rhode Island Healthy Aging Data Report Shows Older Population is Growing and More Diverse

December 8, 2020

As state and local leaders, frontline workers and residents work to contain the spread of COVID-19 during a second surge of cases, the new 2020 Rhode Island Healthy Aging Data Report released today utilizes 197 health indicators to provide a timely, comprehensive picture of the health of older adults in Rhode Island.

The 2020 Rhode Island Healthy Aging Data Report allows readers to compare 41 communities within the state on healthy aging indicators – from chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes and obesity to healthy aging behaviors like diet, exercise and immunizations. Funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation, the data was compiled and analyzed by researchers at the Gerontology Institute of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and engaged key stakeholders in Rhode Island to contextualize findings.

“The disparities highlighted in this report have been magnified during the pandemic,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “This report gives community leaders a road map to address challenges and make Rhode Island communities great places to grow up and grow old.”

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Community Innovations During COVID-19 Response at Center of New Report

October 28, 2020

A new report offers insights from communities’ response during the coronavirus pandemic and demonstrates their nimbleness in creating more inclusive and equitable systems to support older people. How Innovative Community Responses to COVID-19 Support Healthy Aging is the result of a collaboration between the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

The research, conducted by FSG, highlights strategies employed by communities and offers recommendations for stronger results moving forward. The report was funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

“This experience is a chance to learn and do things differently moving forward. It’s time to explicitly support efforts led by and for communities of color, to focus on structural gaps and advance equity and justice,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for Corporate Citizenship at Tufts Health Plan.

The research focused on six communities particularly affected by the pandemic. Four cities—Brockton, Chelsea, Lawrence and Lynn—are diverse and experienced some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the state; and Cape Cod and the Hilltowns regions are rural and geographically isolated communities with significant older populations.

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Tufts Health Plan Foundation Pledges $1 Million to Support Racial and Social Justice: Funds Will Go to Efforts Addressing Inequities, Especially in Health

August 11, 2020

Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced it has committed $1 million to support investments on issues facing diverse communities. This new funding is in addition to the $5.5 million already allocated for community investments in 2020. The funds will go to the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund, the Latino Legacy Fund and the Asian Community Fund .

“A history of systemic barriers and widespread inequities has left many behind,” said Tom Croswell, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. “Our Foundation will continue to prioritize equity in all its work; we are making a long-term commitment to issues important to the community and to organizations led by those who represent communities of color.”

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Tufts Health Plan Foundation Board Awards 13 New Grants Totaling $1.7 Million

June 29, 2020

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced 13 new grants, totaling $1.7 million for support of collaborative community efforts and systems change to advance healthy aging.

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