Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards More Than $1.6 Million to 34 Nonprofit Organizations

Grants Support Healthy Aging Programs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

WATERTOWN, MA – August 6, 2013 – The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today more than $1.6 million in new funding to 34 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its first cycle of funding for 2013.

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 more than 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 state-wide Empowerment programs in Massachusetts also received funding for campaigns targeted at educating older adults about taking control of their health.

“Health and wellness programs are critical to healthy aging, but so are programs that change people’s lives through social and purposeful engagement,” said David Abelman, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with a diverse group of nonprofit organizations that recognize how important health education, social connections, physical activity and community service are to improving the overall health and well-being of a growing population of older adults.”

A summary of the foundation’s Cycle 1 2013 grant recipients is included below.

Cycle 1 2013 Grant Awardees: Massachusetts

Cycle 1 2013 Grant Awardees: Rhode Island