January 24, 2019
 
Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grants $970K to 9 Nonprofits

December 18, 2018 — The Tufts Health Plan Foundation yesterday announced that it has granted $970,000 to nine Massachusetts nonprofits to support efforts to engage and train older people as advocates on critical policy work, including addressing gaps in oral health, nutrition, housing, and transportation.

“We are investing in initiatives that promote coalitions and bring together government, nonprofit organizations, and older people to create communities that are great places to grow up and grow old,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. “Critical to any success is supporting older people as they lead and make their voices heard.”

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Community Catalyst, Boston: $125,000 over two years to train older people in Rhode Island as effective advocates and educated health care consumers.

  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Roxbury: $50,000 to assist older people residing in affordable community land trust housing to prevent displacement.

  • GreenRoots, Chelsea: $130,000 over two years to support organizing and advocacy by older people on transportation issues affecting those with low-incomes in Chelsea.

  • Health Care For All, Boston: $120,000 over three years to educate and engage older people in Massachusetts in Health Care For All’s Oral Health Advocacy Coalition to ensure better oral health for older people.

  • HomeStart, Boston: $50,000 to conduct an impact evaluation and increase the sustainability and scalability of the Renew Collaborative, a program that promotes housing stability among older adults and other vulnerable populations by tapping the savings generated by preventing evictions.

  • Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston: $60,000 to increase older people’s participation in the SNAP program by addressing policy and system level barriers through advocacy, training of enrollment agency staff, and coalition building for stronger defense of federal nutrition programs.

  • Massachusetts Public Health Association, Boston: $130,000 over two years to continue advocacy on statewide policy initiatives addressing healthy housing and transportation.

  • WalkBoston, Boston: $165,000 over three years to expand the Massachusetts cohort of age-friendly walking advocates and practitioners while enhancing the capacity of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and other leaders to promote walking and walkability as core elements of the age- and dementia-friendly movement.

  • Way Finders, Inc. , Springfield: $140,000 over two years to increase the capacity of older advocates working on policy and system changes in Springfield.
“Advocating for public policy or systems change is essential to achieving social change at scale,” said Thomas P. O’Neill III, board chair of the. “By supporting age-friendly efforts, the foundation hopes to create communities that work for all generations.”

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