Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grants More Than $2 Million to Support Age-Friendly Communities Efforts

Community Investments Support Collaborations and Advancement of Best Practices

WATERTOWN, MA – June 29, 2015 – The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today its investments of more than $2 million in grants as part of its first cycle under the foundation’s new guidelines. These investments advance community efforts toward the World Health Organization’s standards for Age-friendly Communities and fall within the categories of Systems and Best Practices and a new President’s Leadership Fund. The foundation is moving to fewer, larger grants and multiple year investments. This year, 61 percent of grantees are new to the foundation and represent collaborative work among more than 250 organizations. 

“Our goal is to partner strategically, in support of promising community collaborations, honoring thought leaders and work we trust will lead to greater impact,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan.

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is also continuing its support of capacity building and expanding its reach across most of Massachusetts. Investments also include three state-wide projects, one of which is in Rhode Island.

“We want our investments to go beyond the dollars we are granting and include support from other sources so that these initiatives live long after our initial investment,” explained Moreno Cargie. “We don’t and shouldn’t do this work alone.”

The Systems and Best Practices funding cycle includes activities in four focus areas: Health and Wellness, Workforce Development, Purposeful Engagement, and Field and Capacity Building. A summary of grant recipients includes:

Two grants were also awarded in the foundation’s Policy and Advocacy category:

For the first time, the foundation also awarded grants as part of its President’s Leadership Fund, which is designed to support community leaders in their work with multiple stakeholders toward a common community goal. Grant recipients include:

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