Support for Cycle 1, 2015 Grants

Systems and Best Practices

"We are very grateful to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation for this grant which will allow us to improve our reach to families in the Boston area dealing with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. This grant will help us create proactive partnerships with hospitals and clinics so that families can be referred to the Alzheimer's Association as soon as possible after a diagnosis. We also look forward to working with the City of Boston on its Alzheimer's Initiative, which will provide education and support to city employees, and train first responders in a variety of dementia issues."

Carol Carpenter
Development Officer, Foundation Relations
Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter

“The Tufts Health Plan Foundation grant will provide elders in the city of New Bedford and surrounding communities with improved access to nutritious food as well as outreach and education through a network of community and health care providers. Good nutrition is the key to healthy living and healthy aging. We are very excited to be instrumental in the effort to improve the health and wellness of our community.”

Paula Shiner
Chief Executive Officer, Coastline Elderly Services
Chair, 4C Collaborative

“The Yarmouth Age-Friendly Community Team is grateful for the support of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and their ongoing commitment to healthy aging in our communities. This funding will allow us to proceed with our plan of creative engagement with our community that contributes to an enriched understanding of one another across the lifespan relative to the eight categories found in the World Health Organization Age-Friendly framework. From this we will build an action plan of continuous improvement for the Town of Yarmouth serving as catalyst for expanded efforts across Cape Cod and the Islands.”

Kathi Bailey
Director of Senior Services
Town of Yarmouth

“JFS has partnered in the past with the Tufts Health Plan Foundation in healthy aging initiatives. This brand new focus is especially timely. Mid-late career adults who have been left behind in the economy have significant challenges to re-employment. And the struggles are even more difficult for late career immigrants who have limited opportunities or access. JFS is enormously excited to have the opportunity to integrate its deep skills in working with both immigrants and elders in this new initiative.”

Marc Jacobs, LICSW
Chief Executive Officer
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest

“Diabetes is an urgent health problem in the Latino community. One out of six Latino adults has diabetes, but only 59 percent know it. Thanks to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, we will be able to help Latino seniors understand the risk factors and learn how to manage this disease. Our targeted interventions will also incorporate essential elements of the Latino culture to address the needs of Spanish-speaking families coping with diabetes.”

Milagros Abreu, MD, MPH
Founder and Executive Director
Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc.

“The Rhode Island Parent Information Network [RIPIN] is excited to be able to partner with the R.I. Department of Health and our community partners in the Tufts Health Plan Foundation grant. RIPIN has a long history of empowering individuals to be their own best advocates and this grant will allow for building upon the Community Health Network system and assisting older adults with evidence -based practices and self-management in the areas of Health and Wellness.”

Laura Jones
Director of Health Programs
Rhode Island Parent Information Network

“The YWCA of Greater Lawrence is honored to have been selected to receive funding from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation for the Lawrence Latino Chronic Disease Self-Management Initiative. This grant will allow the YWCA and other nonprofits in Lawrence to strengthen and expand outreach to practitioners and participants, thus increasing the sustainability of our work in the community to promote healthy living and disease self-management among Lawrence’s residents. By utilizing evidence based strategies, our goal is to help individuals with multiple chronic conditions learn better self-care, speak frankly with doctors about concerns and treatments, and adopt health habits such as exercise and healthy eating to reduce complications and hospitalizations. Our hope is not only that participants will demonstrate an increased knowledge of how to self-manage chronic diseases but also that the program will help create a community that promotes healthy living across the lifespan.”

Yashira Robles
Director, Women’s Health Advocacy Services
YWCA of Greater Lawrence

President’s Leadership Fund

“The Berkshire County Age Friendly Vision 2020 Task Force, in partnership with the AARP/WHO Age Friendly network, is grateful to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation for their support. It will advance our efforts to develop the county-wide framework necessary to create a sustainable age friendly community that works for all ages. As our county begins to experience the transformational demographic shift in our population with the aging of baby boomers, this support will help us to realize the possibilities that this will offer us, and not the limitations. We are excited to work towards a county where everyone can be healthy, active, and engaged as long as possible.”

Bobbie Orsi
Home Instead Senior Care
Chair, Berkshire County Age Friendly Vision 2020 Task Force

“Martha's Vineyard will feel the impact of baby boomers reaching their golden years much more than the rest of the country. As a small isolated community, we can only meet the demands of our growing elder population through collaboration and new models of service delivery. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is making it possible for us to take our initiative to the next level and mobilize the island community into a force capable of making the structural changes— in health care, housing, and other key areas – required to meet the needs of island seniors, their families, and the workforce that cares for them.”

Paddy Moore
Martha’s Vineyard Healthy Aging Task Force

“We are deeply grateful to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation for its support of the Age-Friendly Boston Initiative. The City of Boston is committed to developing a strong plan of action designed to meet the needs of Boston’s seniors related to housing, transportation, health care, and other services, and to promote the inclusion of seniors in the life of the city. The support of the foundation ensures that the initiative will draw on a strong evidence base and that older adults and other key stakeholders throughout the city, including governmental and non-governmental organizations, are engaged in all phases of the process.”

Jan E Mutchler
Professor of Gerontology
Director, Center for Social & Demographic Research on Aging
Gerontology Institute
John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies
University of Massachusetts Boston

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