Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards More Than $2M to 63 Organizations in 2010

Nearly $760,000 Newly Announced

WATERTOWN, MA - Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today its final grants for 2010, awarding nearly $760,000 to 23 non-profit organizations based in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In total, the Foundation distributed more than $2 million in grants to 63 non-profit organizations in 2010.

The majority of the grants will support Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s Healthy Aging initiative, designed to help meet the challenges of an aging society. Through grants in four major areas: vibrant lifestyles, intergenerational collaboration, fall prevention and caregiver support, the Foundation seeks to fund programs that will elevate the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of older adults; enable them to contribute their experiences and knowledge to their communities; and ultimately help older adults live longer, healthier lives.

Grantee programs that received new funding include those addressing: chronic disease management, exercise and nutrition, improved mobility and reduction of falls, access to resources and support for caregivers, and access to programs in the community to combat depression and social isolation.

Earlier in the year, the Foundation also provided funding to Partners in Health in support of its work in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake.

“Through our programs we hope to find and support healthy aging models that can successfully serve a diverse population of older adults of varying income levels, living arrangements, and physical abilities,” said David Abelman, executive director of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. “We look forward to continuing these collaborative efforts with these community based programs that are truly making a difference in our neighborhoods.”

Final 2010 Grant Awardees

  • Aids Action Committee, Positive Aging/Lasting Strength, Boston, $40,229
  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Managing Chronic Disease in the Elderly, Brockton, $45,000
  • Cambridge Community Foundation Matching Grant Program: Healthy Aging Reaching Out to Cambridge Seniors, Cambridge, $10,000
  • Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese, Friends Feeding Families, Greater Boston, $5,000
  • Century Health Systems, Caregiver Care, Natick, $16,434
  • Developmental Evaluation and Adjustment Facilities, Healthy Lifestyles for Deaf Seniors, Boston, $40,000
  • Discovering What’s Next, Transition of Encore Careers: Building Pathways to New Opportunities, Newton, $45,000
  • Franklin County Home Care Corporation, Taking Steps to Healthy Aging, Turners Falls, $58,884
  • Greater Boston Food Bank, Brown Bag Program for Elders, $5,000
  • Health Care for All, HelpLine: Connecting Older Adults to Coverage, Boston, $35,000
  • Health Resources in Action, Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Grant Program, Boston, $25,000
  • Hearth, Housing as the Key to Healthy Aging and Vibrant Living, Boston, $40,000
  • La Alianza, Expressive Arts Therapy and Physical Education, Boston, $30,000
  • Massachusetts Public Health Association, Act FRESH Senior, Boston, $15,000
  • Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Mobile Food Pantry, $10,000
  • Social Innovation Forum, 2011 Social Issue Track on Healthy Aging, Cambridge, $45,000
  • Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services, A Collaborative Effort between SCES and Cambridge Health Alliance to Prevent Falls Among Seniors in the Cambridge Somerville Communities, Cambridge, $35,000
  • Southwest Boston Senior Services/Ethos, Vibrant Aging at Home and in the Community, Boston, $63,000
  • Tufts Health Care Institute, Mini-Rotation for Residents: Practicing Medicine in a Changing Health Care Environment, $20,000
  • Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, Community Service Give Back Program for Mature Workers, $35,000
  • VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, Strength in Numbers Falls Prevention Education for Seniors, Northampton, $50,000
  • Westbay Community Action Inc., Elder Safety, Warwick RI, $40,000
  • YMCA of Greater Boston, Get Fit Stay Fit for Life, Boston, $50,000
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