Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards More Than $1.4M in Grants

WATERTOWN, MA - Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today that it has awarded more than $1.4M in grants to 39 non-profit organizations based in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

This is the Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s second year funding healthy aging programs to improve the lives and health of adults age 60-plus. The foundation began focusing on healthy aging in 2009 after completing a strategic planning process. To date, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation has awarded nearly $3.7 million to programs that will elevate the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of older adults; enable them to contribute their experiences and knowledge to their communities; and ultimately help them live longer, healthier lives.

“The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is pleased to continue our support for the important efforts in the community to improve the health and well being of our older citizens. We are energized by the enthusiasm, dedication and great work of our partners in the community,” said David Abelman, executive director of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

The mission of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation is to promote healthy lifestyles and the delivery of quality health care in communities. The foundation’s focus on healthy aging addresses community needs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, to help meet the challenges and opportunities of an aging society. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation provides grants in the four areas of vibrant lifestyles, intergenerational collaboration, fall prevention, and caregiver support. Issues specific to older adults that received funding include: chronic disease management, exercise and nutrition, improved mobility and reduction of falls, access to resources and support for caregivers, and access to meaningful roles in the community to combat depression and social isolation.

Massachusetts Grant Awardees

  • Action for Boston Community, Stay Strong Initiative, $52,194, Boston
  • All Out Adventures, Outdoor Recreation for Seniors, $17,295, Easthampton
  • Arthritis Foundation Inc., Walk With Ease, $16,058, Newton
  • Available Potential Enterprises Ltd., Intergenerational Gardening Program, $14,000, Northampton
  • Brandeis University, Communities for Healthy Aging: A Community-University Partnership for Expanding Healthy Aging Programs, $50,000 challenge grant, Waltham
  • Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, Fall Prevention and Safety, $25,000, Hyannis
  • Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, Skill Building Supports For Caregivers, $25,000, Hyannis
  • Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Case Management for Healthy Seniors, $41,250, Mashpee
  • Community Music Center of Boston, Una Voce- “One Voice” Intergenerational Chorus, $30,000, Boston
  • Education Development Center, Chronic Care Community Corps, $50,000, Newton
  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Inc., Evidence-Based Programs: Impact on Healthy Aging, $42,953, Lawrence
  • Generations Incorporated, Reading Coaches, $25,000, Boston
  • Hebrew SeniorLife, Prevention In Action: Culturally Inclusive Training and Education for Seniors, $150,000, Boston
  • Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Inc., Generations Together, $25,000, Brighton
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Steps for Life, $45,000, Waltham
  • Kit Clark Senior Services, Fit-4-Life, $68,676, Dorchester
  • Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, Intergenerational Matching Program, $10,000, Jamaica Plain
  • Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Mattapan Elders Accessing Local Produce, $5,000, Mattapan
  • Natick VNA, Balance Matters, $1,978, Natick
  • Northeast Hospital Corporation, Safe Steps for Seniors, $31,000, Beverly
  • Northern Essex Elder Transport Inc., Volunteer Driver Mileage Reimbursement, $5,000, Amesbury
  • Operation ABLE of Greater Boston Inc., ABLE Community Service Program, $35,000, Boston
  • Overlook Visiting Nurse Association Inc., Medication Management Neighborhood Clinics, $25,000, Charlton
  • Rogerson Communities, Healthy Rogerson, $50,000, Roslindale
  • Samaritans Inc., Wellness Approach to Senior Suicide Prevention, $10,000, Boston
  • SCM Community Transportation, SCM and the Arts, $70,000, Somerville
  • Soar 55/Newton Community Service Center, Volunteering: A Pathway to Vibrant Aging, $49,958, Newton
  • Springwell, Healthy Aging Initiative, $51,378, Watertown
  • The LGBT Aging Project, Healthy Aging in the LGBT Community, $37,682, Boston
  • Veterans Acupuncture Care Metrowest, Acupuncturists Without Borders, $3,000, Framingham
  • Water Way Arts for Health and Energy, Tai Chi, for Healthy Aging, $50,000
  • Whittier Street Health Center, Geriatric Case Management and Care Coordination, $47,560, Roxbury
  • Winchester Hospital, Family Caregiver Program, $17,611 Winchester

Rhode Island Grant Awardees

  • Cornerstone Adult Services, Enhanced Fall Prevention, $43,150, Warwick
  • Ocean State Center for Independent Living, Home Sweet Accessible Home, $50,000, Warwick
  • The Providence Center, InShape Seniors, $52,300, Providence
  • Rhode Island Free Clinic, Healthy Lifestyles for Today and Tomorrow, $72,225, Providence
  • VNS Home Health Services, Chronic Disease Self Management Program, $4,800, Narragansett
  • YWCA Greater Rhode Island, GEM- Gentle Easy Movement,$9,935, Central Falls
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