Systems and Best Practices

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the work of nonprofit organizations to improve, influence and ultimately create healthy communities and age-friendly cities and towns. The Foundation funds activities in Health and Wellness, Workforce Development, Purposeful Engagement, and Field and Capacity Building that will:

  • Improve or build systems to support healthy living with an emphasis on the systems that are serving older adults
  • Bring organizations together to collaboratively achieve broader impact and change
  • Scale efforts to address community needs
Health and Wellness

The Foundation is committed to community health, healthy living and disease prevention. It invests in programs and strategies that help older people manage illness and chronic health conditions, promote independence and help improve quality of life. All proposed activities should be evidence-based or evidence-informed, focusing on effective, science-based approaches that include rigorous evaluation and consistent outcomes. Activities should be a best practice or take a systems approach to expanding, scaling or replicating programs to older adults living in underserved communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and, starting in 2019, Connecticut. We favor efforts to connect those in greatest economic and social need to resources. Efforts can consist of clinical and community interventions.

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Workforce Development

People are living and staying in the workforce longer. We are interested in innovative approaches that address this new paradigm. The Foundation invests in training and job placement strategies that support older people in the workforce and create opportunities for older workers. Initiatives that allow older people to grow the skills and confidence needed to stay in the workforce help our country maintain the experience, talents and insights built up over a career.

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Purposeful Engagement

Older people are an asset to communities. They have experience and knowledge to share with others. The Foundation will support programs that provide older people with engagement opportunities within their communities and/or with other generations, provide a sense of purpose and alleviate social isolation. The Foundation also recognizes the essential role that family, formal and informal caregivers play in the lives of older people. The Foundation will fund engagement strategies that promote and support physical and mental well-being, including:

  • Engagement that alleviates social isolation
  • Volunteer activities
  • Intergenerational programs
  • Family and caregiver support

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Field and Capacity Building

Systems change and collaboration can be challenging. The Foundation wants to address those challenges. We support activities that build the field of healthy aging and strengthen the capacity of nonprofit organizations to enhance quality of life for people as they age. We also will fund initiatives that build field capacity including support for family and other caregivers in their essential roles as they care for loved ones at home. This includes training and technical assistance as well as planning, coordinating and collaborating around age-friendly communities. The Foundation will also consider capacity-building programs for nonprofit organizations that create a space for or expand older people's involvement in communities. Examples include encore careers, paid service work and/or volunteer opportunities.

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