Tufts Health Plan Foundation Invests $1.8 Million to Promote Health, Wellness in Vulnerable Communities

Initiatives Support Collaborations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island

WATERTOWN, MA – June 13, 2016 – The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today community investments of more than $1.8 million. Focused on systems and best practices, these grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to supporting innovative approaches to improving health and wellness in diverse communities.

“These initiatives are inclusive, led by community, and represent true cross-sector collaboration. By leveraging Foundation resources, grantees can implement promising practices and proven strategies—and accelerate progress,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan.

The new investments align with the Foundation’s support for age-friendly communities. The initiatives tackle a range of issues—from access to health care and social isolation of older adults to managing chronic diseases and elder abuse.

“These initiatives scale successful programs and create a promise for better results in vulnerable communities,” said Moreno Cargie.

The 12 new grants engage nearly 300 community organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Awarded under the Foundation’s Systems and Best Practices focus area, they include activities in Health and Wellness, Purposeful Engagement, and Field and Capacity Building. These investments support:

  • Bridges Together (Sudbury, MA), Building Intergenerational Bridges in 45 Communities—to expand to 45 communities this intergenerational program that places older adult volunteers in school classrooms across the state.
  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (Brockton, MA), Bringing Health Home—to improve access to health promotion programs for older adults and residents in public housing.
  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley (Lawrence, MA), Healthy Living Center of Excellence—to support this network of 90+ community-based providers that offers evidence-based programs to older adults throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Friends of the Yarmouth Council on Aging (West Yarmouth, MA), Age-Friendly Yarmouth to Cape Cod: Continuous Improvement Plan Year 2—to implement activities to address community needs identified by the age-friendly survey.
  • Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston (Boston, MA), Environmental Scan of Assets and Activities Supporting Dementia-Friendly Communities in Massachusetts—to identify dementia- and age-friendly resources, assets, and programs in Massachusetts and help build learning communities that lead to making Massachusetts a leader in the age- and dementia-friendly movements.
  • Greater Boston Legal Services (Boston, MA), Elder Abuse Prevention Project of Greater Boston Legal Services—to expand this elder abuse prevention program to four additional communities—Chelsea, Malden, Quincy, and Somerville.
  • Massachusetts Health Aging Collaborative (Massachusetts), Building Capacity of the Massachusetts Health Aging Collaborative to Drive Change —to provide initial support for staffing to advance the collaborative’s work, connect and align the age-friendly system, and build community capacity.
  • Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (Boston, MA), Building Capacity of the Massachusetts Health Aging Collaborative to Drive Change —to shift municipal agencies from a punitive response to a holistic case management approach to hoarding in older adults.
  • Saint Elizabeth Community (Providence, RI), The WellCare Program—to launch the nationally recognized Support and Services at Home (SASH) program, a proven best practice, in Rhode Island.
  • Sustainable Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission Foundation (Manchester, NH), Becoming an Age-Friendly Community – A Step-by-Step Analysis and Guide for SNHPC Communities—to support capacity building and the development of community plans that include age-friendly policies and practices.
  • Transition House (Cambridge, MA), Community Solutions to Domestic Violence: Focus on Elders—to expand a pilot that addresses domestic violence among older adults in Cambridge by implementing a coordinated community approach.
  • The Foundation also awarded a grant from the James Roosevelt, Jr., Leadership Fund, which is designed to support community leaders in their work with multiple stakeholders toward a common community goal. This investment supports:

    • Whittier Street Health Center (Roxbury, MA), Mind/Body Wellness Intervention for Seniors—to implement programs taking a holistic approach to promoting healthy living and disease management for older adults.


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