Tufts Health Plan Foundation Seeks LOIs for Health System Improvement Projects

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports nonprofit organizations working to improve systems and practices that influence and, ultimately, result in healthy communities and age-friendly cities.

To that end, the foundation funds activities in health and wellness, workforce development, purposeful engagement, and field- and capacity-building with the potential to improve or build systems that support healthy living, with an emphasis on systems that serve older adults, bring organizations together to achieve broader impact and change, and/or scale efforts to address community needs.

1) Health and Wellness: The foundation promotes healthy living and disease prevention and invests in programs and strategies that help older adults manage illness and chronic health conditions, promote independence, and improve quality of life. All proposed activities should be evidence-based or -informed and focus on effective, science-based approaches that include rigorous evaluation and consistent outcomes. Activities can also include a best-practice-and-systems approach to expanding, scaling, or replicating programs for older adults living in underserved communities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with a focus on those with the greatest economic and/or social needs. Efforts can also consist of clinical and community interventions.

2) Workforce Development: As older adults live longer, they are also working longer out of necessity and/or choice. To stay competitive in the workforce, some older adults need to build skills or learn new ones. The foundation invests in training and job-placement strategies that offer opportunities for older adults with the greatest economic and social need to grow their skills, confidence, and competence.

3) Purposeful Engagement: Older adults have experience and knowledge to share with others and their communities. The foundation will support programs that provide older adults with engagement opportunities within their communities and/or with other generations, and that provide a sense of purpose and alleviate social isolation. The foundation also recognizes the essential role that family and formal and informal caregivers play in the lives of older adults. The foundation will fund engagement strategies that promote and support physical and mental well-being, including engagement that alleviates social isolation, volunteer activities, intergenerational programs, and family and caregiver support.

4) Field and Capacity Building: The foundation supports activities that build the field of healthy aging and strengthen the capacity of nonprofit organizations to enhance quality of life for people as they age. It also will fund initiatives that build field capacity, including support for family and other caregivers in their essential roles as they care for loved ones at home. This includes training and technical assistance as well as planning, coordination, and collaboration around age-friendly communities. The foundation will consider capacity-building programs for nonprofit organizations that provide encore careers, paid service work, and/or volunteer opportunities.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization based in or serving, in whole or in part, communities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

LOIs must be received no later than January 22, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit complete a full application by March 28, 2018.

For complete program guidelines, a list of previous grant recipients, and application procedures, see the Tufts Health Plan website.

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