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Phillip González is new senior program officer

Tufts Health Plan Foundation welcomes Phillip González as its new senior program officer overseeing community investments.
 
González is a national leader in health philanthropy with experience leading innovative initiatives whose demonstrated impact on health and health care policy have led to great outcomes for community. In his new role, González will work in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island to advance the Foundation's focus on age-friendly communities.

"Phillip brings deep knowledge, insight, passion, and commitment to his new role at the Foundation," said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president of corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan. "He strengthens our team with his expertise in health policy, the social determinants of health, and as a nationally recognized and respected grantmaker."

Read more about Phillip González
Submit ideas for Policy and Advocacy by July 20

The Foundation is accepting letters of intent (LOIs) for Policy and Advocacy grants to community organizations as we invest in age-friendly initiatives. The deadline is Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. ET.  
 
If invited to submit a proposal, full applications should be submitted by September 18, 2017. Grants for this cycle will run from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.  

Interested organizations should submit a letter of intent through the online system accessible via
tuftshealthplanfoundation.org.   

Talk to us before applying for a grant

To answer your questions about how we fund, we're hosting an interactive session on the Foundation's grant application process and the impact we want to make with our investments.

During this session, we will talk about our over-arching strategy with specific information on our Policy and Advocacy focus area. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with our staff and share feedback in smaller groups. Those who have attended previous sessions tell us that they also found it helpful to connect with other potential grantees and discuss issues of common interest.


Date:  Tuesday, June 27, 2017 
Time:  9:30 - 11 a.m. (Registration opens at 9 a.m.)
Location:  Tufts Health Plan Foundation, 705 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA

Register to attend information session in person. (recommended)

For those who are unable to attend in person, we are making a simultaneous webinar of the main presentation available. 

Register to attend the webinar. 
   
If you have questions you would like us to address, please share them on your registration form.  
 
NOTE: We will host a Systems and Best Practices information session in December. 
National grant awarded to Age-Friendly Berkshires

Age-Friendly Berkshires and Berkshire Regional Planning have been awarded a competitive transportation grant through the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC). The $50,000 grant will help them offer medical transportation to remote areas of Berkshire County, create a central scheduling hub, and develop an app for drivers.

"We are so excited to be able to test an idea for transportation in our most rural communities," said Bobbie Orsi, from the Age-Friendly Berkshires coalition.

NADTC is funded through a cooperative agreement of Easter Seals, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, with guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living. NADTC's mission is to increase accessible transportation options for older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers nationwide.

MHAC award at DPH conference, March 2017
Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative wins Department of Public Health award

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) accepted the Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Award at the Ounce of Prevention Conference at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Each year, the Department of Public Health recognizes a Massachusetts coalition/partnership for collaborative work to create healthier and more equitable communities. This is the second year in a row a Foundation grantee was selected for this award.  Age-Friendly Berkshires was honored last year.

James Fuccione, senior director for MHAC, accepted the award with several Collaborative members. Pictured, from left: Laurie Cassidy, Age-Friendly West Springfield; Laura Kittross, Age-Friendly Berkshires; James Fuccione, Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative; Lindsey Tucker, Massachusetts Department of Public Health; and Valerie Spain, AARP MA.

Operation A.B.L.E. showcased on WBZ NewsRadio

Each month,  WBZ Cares highlights a worthy non-profit organization, and tells the story of what that organization does for the community.  This month's organization is Operation A.B.L.E., a Foundation grantee based in Boston that provides job training and employment services for workers 45 and older.   

Throughout the month WBZ NewsRadio will explore how Operation A.B.L.E. fulfills its mission of helping mature workers upgrade and learn new skills to be competitive in today's marketplace.

Tune in to NightSide with Dan Rea on Thursday, May 18th at 9:00 p.m. to hear an interview with Joan Cirillo, president and CEO of Operation A.B.L.E.

Age-Friendly movement building in Rhode Island

Momentum for age-friendly communities is growing in the Ocean State. Earlier this year, the Age-Friendly Rhode Island Initiative, funded by a Foundation grant to Rhode Island College, hosted a kickoff event for more than 100 people. The group has developed a strategic plan addressing nine key areas of importance to older adults in Rhode Island, including housing, transportation, supports to remain at home, and food insecurity.

In addition to this statewide effort, individual communities continue to demonstrate their interest in the Rhode Island Healthy Aging Data Report. The report's principal investigator and a team of graduate students are working with community representatives in eight cities and towns to explore the data in their community profiles and consider how to address opportunities and gaps.  
Resources to help build age-friendly communities

Age-friendly communities embrace practices that are inclusive and account for the needs of older adults; they develop policies that support aging in community; and they address economic security, social determinants of health, and an enhanced livability standard that will benefit all ages.
 
Momentum for the age-friendly movement is growing, and many communities have had success using the collective impact model to bring together older adults, leaders from business, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and others to collaborate and identify new solutions.

In April, community leaders from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island converged in Boston for an Age-Friendly Communities conference supported by a Foundation grant to Grantmakers In Aging and FSG. Attendees learned more about age-friendly and collective impact efforts in neighboring communities and participated in hands-on workshops to build capacity to advance their work.
 
Governor Baker names Moreno Cargie to Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts

Foundation President Nora Moreno Cargie was sworn in as a member of the state's first Governor's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts on April 12. The governor signed the executive order establishing the council at the MIT Age Lab in Cambridge.

The council, comprising leaders from the business community, academia, health care, technology and innovation, advocacy organizations, caregivers, community organizations, and municipalities, will develop a plan to make Massachusetts the most age-friendly state. Older adults are the largest and fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, and they will make up 23% of the Massachusetts population by 2035.


Read more about the council

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