The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) continues to promote the concept that technology is a social determinant of health and that older adults need to be included in policy discussions aimed at addressing the digital divide.
Both of those points were central to a letter distributed to the state’s Health Equity Task Force that held a recent public hearing on digital equity. The letter was sent to other state groups and commissions, including the co-chairs of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Elder Affairs. Continue reading
The Baker Administration announced a $4.7 million effort to support its vaccine equity initiative announced last week, which focuses on reducing barriers to vaccination in the 20 hardest-hit communities in the Commonwealth.
The Administration will work with Archipelago Strategies Group (ASG) and Health Care for All (HCFA) to best leverage these funds. Continue reading
MassHealth announced changes to its non-emergency transportation policy to expand eligibility and simplify processes for transportation to and from COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
Older adults enrolled in a Senior Care Options or One Care plan or in a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) should continue to contact their health plan or PACE provider to request help with transportation. Continue reading
Building on the work of the 2018 Tactical Public Realm Guidelines presented by the City of Boston and A Better City, the latter organization released the Tactical Public Realm Case Studies report.
While the work is centered in Boston, these case studies present lessons for age-and dementia friendly communities across the state that are looking to make better use of public spaces. Continue reading
In addition to some timely funding opportunities, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is sharing some other upcoming virtual training and support opportunities. Continue reading
The Baker Administration announced a targeted outreach initiative in 20 cities and towns most disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and $1M to the MA League of Community Health Centers to support vaccination in historically underserved communities.
The Administration also announced separately that individuals ages 65 and older, individuals living with two or more medical conditions that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and residents and staff of senior affordable housing are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts. With this announcement, almost 1 million individuals are newly eligible for vaccine. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) hosts quarterly Advisory Council meetings to provide updates on local and statewide efforts to support and promote inclusive, age- and dementia friendly communities, policies and practices. Continue reading
A new report by the LeadingAge LTSS Center at UMass-Boston and published by NASHP’s RAISE Family Caregiver Resource and Dissemination Center documents the concerns and recommendations for change shared by 1,613 family caregivers and organizations that work with them. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s blog (MassDOT) featured the cooperative work between the Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative, Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), and Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) network on the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ “Senior Days” Program. Continue reading