Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards Nearly $2.8 Million to Nearly 80 Organizations in 2011

Grants support health and wellness programs, with a focus on the unique needs of older adults

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced more than $1 million in new funding to 37 non-profit organizations based in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In total, the foundation distributed nearly $2.8 million in grants to non-profit organizations in 2011.

The majority of the grants support Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s Healthy Aging focus designed to improve the lives of older adults in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The foundation funds programs that enhance seniors’ value of life by stimulating them through health, artistic, cultural and educational activities or initiatives. With grants in four major areas (caregiver support, fall prevention, intergenerational collaboration and vibrant lifestyles) local organizations can focus on high impact areas to improve older adults’ lives. This year Tufts Health Plan Foundation also included grants to help the homeless, educate physicians to thrive in a changing health care climate, manage chronic diseases, prevent falls, engage in community, and funding for HIV and AIDS related projects.

“Health care for seniors need not focus on crisis management; there are an enormous number of community organizations that have proven approaches to improving the well-being of seniors,” said David Abelman, executive director of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. “Our team is privileged to support organizations who share our philosophy that keeping our community members healthy is an achievable goal. Thinking proactively about how to support seniors and other populations facing difficult challenges both strengthens our society and reduces unnecessary healthcare costs.”

In early 2012, Tufts Health Plan Foundation will launch its Youth Philanthropy Initiative with The Volunteer Family, an organization that engages and empowers youth in a group setting. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation will support participating youth members in identifying and funding non-profit organizations engaged in healthy aging.

Final 2011 Grant Awardees

Massachusetts Grantees

  • Aids Action Committee of Massachusetts, Positive Aging/Last Strength, Boston, $42,569
  • Brandeis University/Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, Waltham, $20,000
  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Healthy Aging, Brockton, $45,000
  • Cambridge Community Foundation, Matching Grant Program: Health Aging R.O.C.S., Cambridge, $10,000
  • Cape Cod Volunteers Inc., Volunteer Opportunity Centers, Yarmouth Port, $20,000
  • Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center Inc., Vibrant Lifestyles: Health Aging Across Communities, Worcester, $45,000
  • Community Teamwork inc., Bone Builders and Fall Prevention Enhancement, Lowell, $30,525
  • Developmental Evaluation and Adjustment Facilities Inc., Healthy Lifestyles for Deaf Seniors, Allston, $40,000
  • Discovering What’s Next: Revitalizing Retirement Inc., Transitions to Encore Careers: Expanding the Encore Work Continuum, Newton, $17,000
  • Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Health Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults, South Dennis $5,000
  • Families First Parenting Programs, Grandparents Parenting Again, Cambridge, $10,000
  • Franklin County Home Care Corporation, Take Steps to Healthy Aging, Turners Falls, $64,336
  • Friends of Amesbury Council on Aging, Amesbury Caregiver Essentials, Amesbury, $24,290
  • Greater Boston Guild for the Blind, SightCare Diabetes and Low Vision Education, West Roxbury, $10,230
  • Health Resources in Action Inc., Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Grant Initiative, Boston, $25,000
  • Hearth Inc., Housing as the Key to Healthy Aging, Boston, $40,000
  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion Inc., Villa Victoria Elder Support Program, Boston, $25,000
  • Justice Resource Institute Inc., HIV and Aging Health Information Project, Boston, $34,821
  • La Alianza Hispana Inc., Vibrant Lifestyles: Art Therapy Program, Roxbury, $30,000
  • Massachusetts Public Health Association, Act FRESH Senior 2, Jamaica Plain, $15,000
  • Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Mobile Pantry Program, Lowell, $10,000
  • Minuteman Senior Services, Healthy Connections, Burlington, $32,000
  • Mystic Valley Elder Services Inc., Reading Partners, Malden, $10,000
  • Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Caregiver Support Program, North Adams, $4,000
  • Root Cause Institute, 2012 Social Issue Track on Healthy Aging, Cambridge, $50,000
  • Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services Inc., Fall Prevention, Somerville, $39,160
  • Southwest Boston Senior Services Inc. (Ethos), AgeWell Southwest Boston, Jamaica Plain, $70,000
  • The Greater Boston Food Bank, The Brown Bag Program for Seniors in Need, Boston, $15,000
  • The Volunteer Family, Tufts Health Plan Foundation Future Philanthropists Initiative, Boston, $20,000
  • Tufts Health Care Institute, Practicing Medicine in a Changing Health Care Environment, Boston, $20,000
  • VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson Inc., Strength in Numbers Falls Prevention Education for Seniors, Northampton, $59,565
  • YMCA of Greater Boston, Get Fit Stay Fit for Life, Boston, $50,000

Rhode Island Grantees

  • Best Buddies International AKA: Best Buddies Rhode Island, Best Buddies Intergenerational College Project, Cranston RI, $20,000
  • Bethany Home of Rhode Island Inc., Bethany Home Cares, Providence, $43,036
  • Mount Saint Rita Health Center, Blessings in a Back Pack, Cumberland RI, $5,000
  • Westbay Community Action Inc., Elder Safety, Warwick RI, $42,000

National Grantees

  • National Council on Aging Inc., Self-Care Management, Washington D.C., $50,000
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