Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Alrie McNiff Daniels

Partners for a Healthier Community
Kathy Wicks

Initiative promotes Springfield’s Age-Friendly City project

WATERTOWN, MA Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced a two-year grant of $99,988 to Partners for a Healthier Community, on behalf of the LiveWell Springfield Coalition, to create a senior leadership program that will train older adults to be effective age-friendly community advocates. The Age-Friendly City project will fit under the umbrella of the LiveWell Springfield Coalition, which has worked to improve health and health equity of city residents for ten years. The grant reflects the Foundation’s commitment to building healthier communities by promoting collaboration and improving systems and best practices.

“Our investments focus on improving community livability and addressing inequities to help older adults live healthier, fulfilling lives,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan. “Every community has different needs and opportunities. We want to honor communities where they are and catalyze health improvements for older adults and the entire community.”

The senior leadership program will train older adults to advocate for age-friendly policies and prepare them to conduct workshops with their peers at senior centers and housing sites. During these workshops, older adults will share their thoughts about what is needed in an age-friendly community. Partners for a Healthier Community will also conduct an environmental scan on housing and transportation, another top priority for the community. An advisory team will include the City of Springfield Office of Elder Affairs, Springfield Housing Authority, Greater Springfield Senior Services, and Pioneer Valley Transit Authority.

“We are grateful to Tufts Health Plan Foundation for supporting a very important new strategy of the LiveWell Springfield Coalition – ensuring healthy environments for our aging residents. Springfield seniors are projected to be at least a quarter of the City’s population by 2030. With our senior leaders, partners and collective action we will achieve an age-friendly status for Springfield,” says Jessica Collins, Executive Director of Partners for a Healthier Community.

"The City of Springfield's Department of Elder Affairs is excited to take this journey toward an Age Friendly City in partnership with some of the City's best and brightest. Our goal, as always, is to tirelessly strive to better the lives of those who have bettered ours," says Sandy Federico, Director of the Department of Elder Affairs.

In all, Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced 21 new grants totaling more than $1.7 million and representing collaborations with more than 200 community organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.  

About the Tufts Health Plan Grant Program
Tufts Health Plan Foundation awards grants twice a year. Interested organizations should submit a letter of intent (LOI) through the online system accessible via . Letters of intent for the Policy and Advocacy grant cycle are due on July 20, 2017.

About the Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Established in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given nearly $26 million to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older adults. The Foundation began funding in New Hampshire in 2016. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward achieving age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older adults, and include them in community solutions. Visit or follow us on Twitter , Facebook , and YouTube

Partners for a Healthier Community is the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts. Established in 1996, its mission is to build measurably healthier communities with equitable opportunities and resources for all people through civic leadership, collaborative partnerships, and policy advocacy.

LiveWell Springfield is a community based coalition that includes over 30 organizations working in Springfield. The coalition supports a grassroots movement towards health equity through improving access to healthy eating and active living opportunities and then working to engage the community to ensure that the opportunity become a reality for everyone. In 2012 Pioneer Valley Planning Commission received a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the Center for Disease Control to further this movement and more recently in 2016 Mercy Medical Center received funds from Trinity Health Systems on behalf of the LWS Coalition.

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