Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards $1.6 Million in Grants

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Watertown-based Tuft Health Plan Foundation has handed out more than $1.6 million in grants to 43 organizations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The grants are part of the first cycle of funding in 2014, according to an announcement from the foundation. Some of the grant recipients are in Watertown or serve the community, including the Watertown Community Foundation and Springwell.

The largest number of grants this cycle fell in the 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.

“We’re proud of our partnerships in community and recognize that we don’t do this work alone,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, executive director of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan. “These grantees rose to the top of a competitive process and we applaud them for the great work they do to support healthy living as people age.”

A summary of the foundation’s Cycle 1, 2014 grant recipients is included below.

Cycle 1, 2014 Grant Awardees: Massachusetts

    • All Out Adventures, Outdoor Recreation for Seniors
    • Boston Community  Access & Programming Foundation (Boston Neighborhood Network Television), Intro to Media for Older Adults
    • The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Nuestra Generación/Our Generation
    • Cambridge Community Foundation, Matching Grant Program: Healthy Aging R.O.C.S.
    • Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center, Expanding the Toolbox: A New Set of Evidence Based Programs for Massachusetts Seniors
    • Community Servings, Medically Tailored Nutrition Program for Older Adults Affected by Critical and Chronic Illnesses
    • Elder Services of Berkshire County, Healthy Aging, Healthy Living
    • Executive Service Corps, Encore Boston: A Collective Initiative that Leverages Encore Talent to Boost Social Impact
    • Fenway Community Health Center (The LGBT Aging Project), Healthy Aging in the LGBT Community
    • The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Brown Bag: Food for Elders with Nutrition Education Services
    • Golden Tones, Golden Tones Chorus Musical Outreach Program
    • Health Resources In Action (HRIA), Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Grant Initiative and Massachusetts Convergence Partnership
    • HopeHealth, CARES (Compassionate Alzheimer’s Respite, Education & Support), A Project Of Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services
    • Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Generations Together
    • John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Docent Program
    • Jumpstart, Jumpstart’s Community Corps
    • Kit Clark Senior Services, Fit-4-Life
    • MAB Community Services, Visually Impaired Elders Program Empowerment Initiatives
    • Norwell Visiting Nurse Association, Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls
    • The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry, Connecting Seniors to Good Food for Good Health, Independence and Wellness
    • Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston, ABLE AgeWorks
    • Partners for a Healthier Community, Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition: Reducing Environmental Triggers in the Home for Older Adults with Asthma
    • Project R.I.G.H.T., The Senior Empowerment Initiative
    • Samaritans, Wellness Approach to Senior Suicide Prevention
    • Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, Let’s Stop Falling
    • Springwell, Healthy Living Initiative Transition to Sustainability
    • United Way of Tri-County, TeleCheck
    • VNA Care Network, Fewer Falls, Safer Seniors
    • Water Way Arts for Health and Energy, Tai Chi for Healthy Aging
    • Watertown Community Foundation (WCF), WCF Tufts Health Plan Foundation Fund for a “Healthy Watertown”
    • Whittier Street Health Center, Geriatric Chronic Disease Case Management Program

Cycle 1, 2014 Grant Awardees: Rhode Island

  • Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC), Irish Senior Connect Metro Providence Project
  • Hope Alzheimer’s Center, Healthy Living
  • Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Addressing the Meal Gap for Seniors in Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Free Clinic, Healthy Lifestyles for Today and Tomorrow
  • Westbay Community Action,Westbay Fall Prevention Program

Cycle 1, 2014 Grant Awardees: National

  • National Academy of Sciences, Study of Family Caregiving in the United States

In this cycle, several Massachusetts nonprofit organizations also received the second year of multi-year grants. These include:

  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley in partnership with Hebrew SeniorLife, Healthy Living Center of Excellence
  • Executive Service Corps, Meaningful Encore Service through Volunteer Consulting
  • Generations Inc., Read To Succeed: Intergenerational Literacy Programs
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Aging Well at Home
  • The Latino Health Insurance Program, Mi Vida, Mi Salud
  • Montachusett Opportunity Council, Linking Initiatives for Vibrant Elders (LIVE) in North Central Massachusetts
  • Northeast Hospital Corporation, Safe Steps for Seniors

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