Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards More Than $1.6 Million to 34 Nonprofit Organizations

Grants Support Healthy Aging Programs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

WATERTOWN, MA – August 6, 2013 – The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today more than $1.6 million in new funding to 34 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its first cycle of funding for 2013.

The largest number of grants this cycle was in the foundation's Health & Wellness program area, primarily for initiatives that promote chronic disease self-management and prevention, exercise and nutrition, and fall prevention. The foundation also awarded more than 25 percent of its grants in the area of Purposeful Engagement, which includes community involvement, volunteerism and intergenerational programs as well as caregiver support programs. Two state-wide Empowerment programs in Massachusetts also received funding for campaigns targeted at educating older adults about taking control of their health.

“Health and wellness programs are critical to healthy aging, but so are programs that change people’s lives through social and purposeful engagement,” said David Abelman, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with a diverse group of nonprofit organizations that recognize how important health education, social connections, physical activity and community service are to improving the overall health and well-being of a growing population of older adults.”

A summary of the foundation’s Cycle 1 2013 grant recipients is included below.

Cycle 1 2013 Grant Awardees: Massachusetts

  • All Out Adventures Inc., Outdoor Recreation for Seniors
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, MA/NH Chapter Inc., Support for Informal Caregivers of Persons with Dementia in MA
  • The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Our Generation/Nuestra Generación
  • Community Health Center of Cape Cod, TEAMcare for Seniors with Diabetes and Depression
  • Elder Services of Berkshire County Inc., Healthy Aging, Healthy Living
  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Healthy Living Center of Excellence
  • Executive Service Corps of New England, Meaningful Encore Service through Volunteer Consulting
  • Fenway Health (AKA: The LGBT Aging Project), Healthy Aging in the LGBT Community
  • Generations Incorporated, Read to Succeed: Intergenerational Literacy Programs
  • Golden Tones Inc., Golden Tones Chorus Musical Outreach Program
  • Health Care for All, Empowering Seniors Under the Affordable Care Act
  • Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Generations Together
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Aging Well at Home
  • Jewish Vocational Service, JVS ReServe Boston: Experience at Work Makes a Difference
  • Jumpstart, Boston and Merrimack Valley Community Corps Program
  • Kit Clark Senior Services Inc., Fit-4-Life
  • The Latino Health Insurance Program Inc., “Mi Vida, Mi Salud”
  • Massachusetts Public Health Association, Act FRESH Senior Campaign
  • Montachusett Opportunity Council Inc., Linking Initiatives for Vibrant Elders (LIVE) Blue in North Central MA
  • Northeast Hospital Corporation (AKA: Addison Gilbert Hospital), Safe Steps for Seniors
  • Old Colony Elder Services Inc., It’s About Time
  • The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry Inc., Connecting Seniors to Good Food for Good Health, Independence and Wellness
  • Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston Inc., ABLE AgeWorks: ABLE Volunteers and Midternships
  • Perkins School for the Blind, Thriving with Vision Loss
  • Rogerson Communities Inc., Rogerson Fitness First as part of Healthy Rogerson
  • Samaritans Inc., Wellness Approach to Senior Suicide Prevention (Outbound Call Project)
  • Springwell Inc., Healthy Aging Initiative
  • VNA Care Network Inc., Fewer Falls, Safer Seniors
  • Water Way Arts for Health and Energy Inc. (AKA: Brookline Tai Chi), Tai Chi for Healthy Aging
  • Whittier Street Health Center Committee Inc., Geriatric Chronic Disease Case Management Program

Cycle 1 2013 Grant Awardees: Rhode Island

  • Cornerstone Adult Services Inc., Healthy Aging through Exercise and Nutrition
  • Greater Providence YMCA, Healthy, Safe and Over 60
  • Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Addressing the Meal Gap for Seniors in Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Free Clinic Inc., Healthy Lifestyles for Today and Tomorrow
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