Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards More Than $880,000 to 22 Nonprofit Organizations
Grants Support Healthy Aging in Communities
WATERTOWN, MA – October 7, 2014 – The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today more than $880,000 in new funding to 22 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its second cycle of funding for 2014.
More than 25 percent of grants this cycle are for programs which have not been funded previously by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. These include intergenerational programs in Somerville and Worcester, evidence-based Tai Chi and Fall Prevention programs in Boston and Johnston, RI, and a new driving assessment program for older adults through Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod.
New funding this cycle also includes the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging’s Aging Mastery program, which was created by the National Council on Aging to empower participants to make small but impactful changes in their health behaviors. The program will be offered in nine Massachusetts communities selected through a bid process.
“We’re funding many new and exciting programs this cycle along with programs that have consistently delivered positive outcomes in communities,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, executive director of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan. “We applaud the work these organizations are doing to build communities that work for everyone, but especially older adults.”
A summary of the foundation’s Cycle 2, 2014 grant recipients is included below.
- Cape Cod Volunteers (Yarmouth Port, Mass.), CCV Opportunity Centers
- The Carroll Center for the Blind (Newton, Mass.), Project Safe Home
- Center for Teen Empowerment (Somerville, Mass.), Somerville Youth-Senior Community Building Project
- Health Care for All (Boston, Mass.), Empowering Seniors Under the Affordable Care Act
- Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging (Statewide Mass.), Aging Mastery Program
- Massachusetts Senior Action Council (Boston, Mass.), Seniors Power Up! Developing Leaders for Civic Engagement
- Mystic Valley Elder Services (Malden, Mass.), Reading Partners Program
- Newton Community Service Center (SOAR 55) (West Newton, Mass.), Volunteering as a Pathway to Vibrant Aging
- Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod (East Sandwich, Mass.), Driving Assessment and Safety Program
- Tri-Town Community Action Agency (Johnston, RI), Matter of Balance
- Tufts Health Care Institute (Boston, Mass.), Tufts Health Care Institute Mini-Rotation for Residents: Practicing Medicine in the Era of Health Reform
- United South End Settlements (Boston, Mass.), Tai Chi Easy
- Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (Boston, Mass.), Mature Workers Program
- VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson (Northampton, Mass.), Strength in Numbers Falls Prevention Education for Seniors
- Worcester State University (Worcester, Mass.), Intergenerational Community Fellows Program: Focus on Hunger
- YMCA of Greater Boston (Boston, Mass.), Get Fit, Stay Fit for Life
In this cycle, six Massachusetts nonprofit organizations also received the second year of multi-year grants. These include:
- Boston Senior Home Care (Boston, Mass.), Strong for Life: A Falls Prevention Program
- Community Teamwork (Lowell, Mass.), RSVP Bone Builders Program
- Hearth (Boston), Housing as the Key to Healthy Aging
- ITNGreaterBoston (Framingham, Mass.), Transportation to Seniors and the Visually Impaired
- Minuteman Senior Services (Bedford, Mass.), Healthy Connections
- Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (Somerville/Cambridge, Mass.), A Collaborative Effort between Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services and the Cambridge Health Alliance to Prevent Falls among Seniors