May 14, 2021
NEW DATE: Interested in applying for a Foundation grant?

Engaging in policy and advocacy is essential to building healthy, age-friendly communities. Tufts Health Plan Foundation is accepting letters of intent in the Policy & Advocacy grant focus area. The deadline is Friday, July 23, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Visit our website to learn more about what we fund and how to apply.

Those interested in learning more and submitting a letter of intent are invited to attend a webinar information session now scheduled for June 15. The webinar includes an opportunity to ask questions of our grants team.

NEW Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Time: 2 - 3 p.m. ET

If you have questions, please include them on the registration form.
Momentum Fund offers general operations support for organizations serving older people disproportionately affected by pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect communities even as we see some recovery. Organizations and coalitions across the region are thinking about how to address ongoing challenges and create a new future that supports healthy aging.

In response, the Momentum Fund will provide general operating support to organizations working with diverse older people in communities disproportionately impacted by the ongoing pandemic. Grants will support nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

No application is necessary.

The Foundation team will gather input from community members and also from participants in age-friendly backbone collaboratives that connect to dozens of nonprofits in each state (Age Friendly Rhode Island, Connecticut Age Well Collaborative, Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, and New Hampshire Alliance for Healthy Aging). If your organization works with older people and is not familiar with these collaborations, we encourage you to visit their websites and get involved.
Community leaders encourage closing the "SNAP Gap"

The Foundation joined dozens of community organizations in signing a letter to Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Mary Lou Sudders and Commissioner Amy Kershaw of the Department of Transitional Assistance. They recommended ways to use American Rescue Plan funding to close the "SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Gap."

Noting that "Since March of 2020, the state’s SNAP caseload has grown by 26% – an unprecedented increase in SNAP participation," the letter encourages state leaders to boost caseworker capacity and implement systems improvements to improve access. The letter also recommends increased staffing at the Senior Assistance Office to support outreach to older people who have not claimed medical expenses.

These investments are particularly important to reach Black and Latinx families who have faced significantly higher rates of food insecurity in Massachusetts both before and since COVID.

The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, which coordinated this outreach, is a Foundation grantee. A leading advocate for policy efforts to alleviate food insecurity and hunger, the organization works to expand access and eliminate administrative barriers and advances policy strategies and collaborations to mitigate hunger.
Nine Massachusetts communities join age-friendly movement

The pandemic did not stop nine Massachusetts municipalities--Athol, Conway, Greenfield, Leyden, Montague, North Salem, Orange, Wendell and Whatley—in their efforts to become more relevant for older people. They all have signed on to become age-friendly in a regional effort with Franklin County and North Quabbin.
The Commonwealth now has 85 formal age-friendly designations covering 150 communities. The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, a Foundation grantee, is working with 78 cities and towns interested in making communities great places to grow up and grow old.
Massachusetts marks year-two age-friendly accomplishments

You're invited to join a virtual celebration recognizing Older Americans Month and marking the release of Massachusetts ReiMAgine Aging: Year Two Progress Report.

This event will celebrate the strength of communities, spotlight community leaders in the age- and dementia- friendly movement and feature highlights from the Massachusetts Age-Friendly progress report.

The Foundation is co-hosting with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Massachusetts Councils on Aging, AARP Massachusetts, the Healthy Living Center of Excellence and the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative.

Date: Thursday, May 27,2021
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
May is Mental Health Month

Millions of American, approximately 1 in 5, live with a mental health condition. During May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health.

If you or someone you know needs support, call the NAMI helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET) or text NAMI to 741741.

A Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care team is participating in the annual walk on May 22 to support NAMI's continued education and support services.
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