All posts by James Fuccione

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Shared Streets & Spaces, Commonwealth Places, Mass Cultural Council

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

NADTC Releases Guidebook to Help Communities Create Transportation Committees that Reflect Community Voices

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

‘Emergency Broadband Benefit Program’ Transitions to the New “Affordable Connectivity Program”

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

Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative 2021 Year in Review

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

Data-Informed Primer on Health Disparities in Massachusetts Released by BCBS Foundation

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

Upcoming Events in Healthy Aging

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:

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Joint Center for Housing Studies Highlights Housing Insecurity Among Older Renters of Color

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.

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