The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is excited to promote a fourth round of the Shared Streets & Spaces Grant Program from the Mass. Department of Transportation (MassDOT).
The program, which awards bonus points for projects that are inclusive of older adults, provides funding to municipalities and public transit authorities to quickly implement improvements to plazas, sidewalks, curbs, streets, bus stops, parking areas, and other public spaces in support of public health, safe mobility, and strengthened commerce. Continue reading
Many age-friendly communities identify “transportation” as a priority issue in order to support people of all ages in a city, town or region.
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) compiled a guidebook called “Creating a Transportation Committee that Reflects All Community Voices” to serve as a helpful resource to groups, including age-friendly coalitions, who are considering creating a transportation committee for the first time and transportation agencies who are looking to help their current committee increase its effectiveness. Continue reading
On December 31, the FCC launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This program, created by Congress in the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, is a longer-term replacement for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program.
Communities working to become age- and dementia friendly are encouraged to promote this opportunity to help ensure households can afford the internet connections they need for work, school, health care, and more. Continue reading
The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech is seeking digital health startups with solutions for healthcare providers to compete in the Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge. The Challenge is focused on finding solutions to help healthcare providers and health systems adapt to how they provide care and recover from the pandemic.
While our state, community-based and organizational partners continue to respond to a constantly-evolving context, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is proud to convene a statewide cross-sector network of stakeholders that can share information, build partnerships and take collective action. The network continues to serve as an ecosystem for collaboration, partnership and productive dot-connecting – even in the face of seemingly perpetual adjustments. Continue reading
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) released a Call for Project Concepts that could be undertaken with assistance from their Technical Assistance Program. Municipalities in the MAPC region can submit concepts for a diverse range of single- and multi-community projects, which may be of interest to age- and dementia friendly community coalitions. Continue reading
Recently, the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Foundation released a report, “Racism and Racial Inequities in Health: A Data-Informed Primer on Health Disparities in Massachusetts.”
While disparities in health outcomes across racial and ethnic groups are often narrower in the Commonwealth than they are in the nation as a whole, clear disparities persist across many key outcome measures in Massachusetts, including: Continue reading
There are always opportunities to access education and training that can help your community or organization become more age- and dementia friendly. Check out the following events listed below:
The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University (JCHS) took “Household Pulse Survey” results from census data conducted on a weekly or biweekly basis since April 2020, which offers a detailed view of how households across the country have been impacted by the pandemic.
JCHS found disparities by race and ethnicity that became more pronounced among older renter households.
The Baker Administration announced additional measures to address a recent rise in COVID-19 cases and to ensure acute care hospitals have sufficient capacity to care for both COVID and non-COVID patients. Continue reading