Tufts Health Plan Foundation Completes Fifth Year of Healthy Aging Funding; Awards Nearly $3.5 Million to More Than 75 Organizations in 2013

Nearly $13 Million in Healthy Aging Grants Distributed to Massachusetts and Rhode Island Nonprofits since 2009

WATERTOWN, MA – January 7, 2014 – The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today more than $1.5 million in new funding to 39 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its second cycle of funding for 2013. In total, the foundation distributed nearly $3.5 million in grants to more than 75 non-profit organizations in 2013, bringing its total giving up to nearly $13 million since the foundation began focusing on healthy aging in 2009.

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 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 Empowerment programs in Massachusetts also received funding for initiatives targeted at improving transportation and safe walking environments for older adults.

“By focusing our grantmaking on healthy aging, we’ve been able to create a thoughtful pattern of giving that helps older adults in our communities live more meaningful lives,” said Jim Roosevelt, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. “We hope through the programs we fund, we can continue to make a real difference in the lives of older adults and in encouraging all of our society to see aging as an opportunity for healthy aging rather than aging as a way in which people are limited in their lives.”

In 2013, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation also matched nearly $72,000 in Tufts Health Plan employee contributions made through the company’s Workplace Giving Campaign to the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Community Works and Community Health Charities of New England. In addition, in response to emergencies at home and abroad, the foundation contributed $25,000 to The One Fund following the Boston Marathon bombings and $20,000 to the American Red Cross International Relief Services in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

A summary of the foundation’s Cycle 2, 2013 grant recipients is included below.

Cycle 2, 2013 Grant Awardees: Massachusetts

  • Advocates Inc. (Framingham), Caregiver Telephone Connections
  • AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (Boston), Positive Aging/Lasting Strength
  • American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts (Boston), Food and Nutrition Services
  • Boston Senior Home Care Inc. (Boston), Strong for Life: A Falls Prevention Program
  • Brandeis University (Waltham), Massachusetts Health Policy Forum
  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (Brockton), Vibrant Lifestyles
  • Cambridge Symphony Orchestra (Cambridge), Seniors Attend the CSO in Concert
  • Cape Cod Volunteers Inc. (Yarmouth Port), Volunteer Opportunity Centers
  • The Carroll Center for the Blind Inc. (Newton), Safe Home Project
  • Community Teamwork Inc. (Lowell), RSVP Bone Builders Program
  • Cooperative Elder Services (Lexington), Fitness for Life Therapeutic Exercise Program
  • DEAF Inc. (Developmental Evaluation and Adjustment Facilities) (Allston), Healthy Lifestyles for Older Deaf Adults
  • Elder Services of Worcester Area (Worcester), Central Massachusetts Family Caregiver Guide
  • Friends of the Amesbury Council on Aging (Amesbury), Amesbury Caregiver Essentials (ACE)
  • The Greater Boston Food Bank Inc. (Boston), The Brown Bag Program for Seniors in Need
  • Hearth Inc. (Boston), Housing as the Key to Healthy Aging
  • ITNGreaterBoston(Framingham), Transportation to Seniors and the Visually Impaired
  • Joslin Diabetes Center Inc. (Boston), Asian American Diabetes Initiative: Healthy Living for All Seasons
  • Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Inc. (Martha’s Vineyard), Caring for Caregivers and Their Loved Ones
  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Inc. (Lynn), A Room to Breathe
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Revere HealthCare Center (Revere), Senior Wellness
  • Massachusetts Senior Action Council (Boston), Seniors Power Up! Developing Leaders for Civic Engagement
  • Merrimack Valley Food Bank (Lowell), Mobile Pantry Program
  • Minuteman Senior Services (Burlington), Healthy Connections
  • Mystic Valley Elder Services Inc. (Malden), Reading Partners Program
  • Newton Community Service Center Inc. (SOAR 55) (Newton), Volunteering as a Pathway to Healthy Aging
  • Pathways to Wellness Inc. (Boston), Elder Care Program
  • Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services Inc. (Somerville), A Collaborative Effort Between Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services and the Cambridge Health Alliance to Prevent Falls Among Seniors
  • Southwest Boston Senior Services Inc. (ETHOS) (Jamaica Plain), AgeWell Southwest Boston
  • Tufts Health Care Institute (Boston), Mini-Rotation for Residents: Practicing High Quality, Cost-Effective and Coordinated Care in the Era of Health Reform
  • Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (Boston), Mature Workers Program
  • VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson Inc. (Northampton), Strength in Numbers Falls Prevention Education for Seniors
  • WALKBOSTON (Boston), Tool-Kit to Promote Safe Walking Environments and Access to Services
  • Watertown Community Foundation (Watertown), Tufts Health Plan Foundation Fund for a “Healthy Watertown”
  • Women’s Lunch Place (Boston), Improving the Well-Being of Poor and Homeless Elderly Women
  • YMCA of Greater Boston (Boston), Get Fit, Stay Fit for Life

Cycle 2, 2013 Grant Awardees: Rhode Island

  • Brown University (Providence), Healthy Aging Communities
  • Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) (Warwick), Home Sweet Accessible Home Project
  • The Providence Center (Providence), InShape Seniors
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