Monthly Archives: March 2021

Report from RWJF and Healthy Places by Design Recommends Community-Based Solutions to Improve Social Connectedness

To amplify learning around social isolation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions team invested in six projects that reached diverse places and people as well as a learning network coordinated by Healthy Places by Design.

This Learning Network and their report, Socially Connected Communities: Solutions to Social Isolation, brings a much needed perspective to the national conversation, and provides philanthropy and local leaders ideas for actions which could dramatically improve social well-being. Continue reading

Join MHAC for ‘Equity in Aging’ Webinar

Along with partners from AARP Massachusetts, the Public Health Institute of Western Mass., and UMass-Lowell, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) is launching Equity in Aging, a statewide workgroup and webinar series that will inform and strengthen our collective efforts to create inclusive, age- and dementia friendly communities. Continue reading

Report: Growing Assistive Technology Awareness through State Programs, Partnerships, and Innovation

Building partnerships through collaboration between assistive technology programs and long-term services and supports (LTSS) agencies is one way to expand awareness and facilitate access to AT devices and services.

The AARP Public Policy Institute produced a report in collaboration with the Administration on Community Living and State Assistive Technology Act programs on assistive technology (AT) program partnerships and innovations in states. The report provides valuable information and ideas on partnerships that can improve quality of life for those using assistive technology. Continue reading

Baker Administration Announces Vaccine Timeline for All Residents, Provides Weekly Dose Updates & $24.7 Million in Federal Funding for Vaccine Equity Initiative

The Baker Administration announced the timeline for all remaining residents to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Administration also announced the weekly distribution of vaccine doses statewide for providers and a new $24.7 million investment in the Administration’s Vaccine Equity Initiative. Continue reading