Tufts Health Plan Foundation Supports Efforts to Make Communities Better for All Ages

New Awards Announced

Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced new community investments that reflect its commitment to make cities and towns great places to grow up and grow old. The nearly $1.8 million supports a total of 16 community organizations working to make communities healthier for people of all ages, with a specific interest in engaging older adults.

“Our investments encourage collaboration and leverage accumulated wisdom we trust will lead to vibrant, inclusive, supportive communities,” said Thomas P. O’Neill, III, chair of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation board of directors. “Communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island recognize older people as assets for creating a better future.”

Congratulations to the following awardees working in Rhode Island:

  • Local Initiative Support Corporation (Providence, R.I.) The Intergenerational Farmers’ Market Project—to address social isolation for older adults through relationship-building activities that capitalize on the integration of arts, culture and community resources across Rhode Island. Two-year grant for $120,000.
  • Rhode Island Parent Information Network (Cranston, R.I.) Own Your Health: A System to Support Evidence-Based Health Promotion in R.I. for Older People—to improve Rhode Island’s system for providing evidence-based programs for older adults and their caregivers. One-year grant for $63,085.
  • St. Elizabeth Community (Providence, R.I.) Support and Services at Home (SASH)—to expand and sustain the nationally recognized Support and Services at Home program, a proven best practice, in Rhode Island. One-year grant for $49,500.
  • Honoring Choices Massachusetts (Weston, Mass.) Who’s Your Agent? Health Care Planning Ambassador Program: Peer-to-Peer Health Care Planning Discussions to Improve Healthy Living—to expand into New Hampshire and Rhode Island a program meaningfully engaging older adults in peer-to-peer health care planning discussions. One-year grant for $45,000.