The Baker-Polito Administration and the Department of Public Health developed a vaccine distribution timeline after extensive consultation with the Massachusetts Vaccine Advisory Group, made up of leaders from health care, the faith community, community organizations, local government, and others.
The timeline reflects several priorities: protecting our most vulnerable, maintaining health care system capacity, and addressing inequities in health care access and COVID-19 burden. Continue reading
Once enough people receive effective vaccines against the novel coronavirus, experts say, the end of the pandemic may be in sight. But a new poll of older adults – one of the highest-priority groups for vaccination – suggests an uphill climb lies ahead to reach that goal. Continue reading
The RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies at Lasell University is working with the Massachusetts Gerontology Association (MGA) to raise awareness about careers in aging and explore ways to connect students at our colleges and universities to local internship and related opportunities in the field of aging. Continue reading
The Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative is reminding age- and dementia friendly communities that the Shared Winter Streets and Spaces Program from the Mass. Department of Transportation (MassDOT) in partnership with the Barr Foundation is available in four rounds spaced over December, January and February.
More info is available in this MassDOT press release. Continue reading
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) publicized a set of resources on their blog aimed at alleviating housing and utility costs while the AARP Foundation’s “Connect 2 Affect” campaign created a resource focused on lowering utility bills. Continue reading
Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced 64 community organizations will share $900,000 to help in on-going COVID-19 response efforts. The nonprofit organizations focus on urgent needs in communities, especially those disproportionately affected by the virus. The grants are in addition to the $1 million in COVID-19-related funding awarded earlier this year. Continue reading
Organizations and communities in the MHAC network have a range of virtual programs to support people living with dementia and their caregivers during the holiday season. Continue reading
The 2020 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Racial Equity and Justice Grant continues the work and energy of their company-wide Service Week in September to build a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient future by supporting not-for-profit organizations serving Massachusetts communities who are addressing racial injustice. Continue reading
Informed by data and stakeholder interviews, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office released a report, “Building Toward Racial Justice and Equity in Health: A Call to Action,” meant to lay out ways stakeholders should come together to address the systemic health inequities facing people of color. Continue reading
On November 10, 2020, JF&CS hosted the virtual symposium Let’s Talk About Dementia and Culture: How We Talk and Teach About Dementia in Cultural and Linguistic Communities. Over 625 participants joined in a far-reaching discussion of disparities in the risk of developing dementia and in access to diagnosis, research, and care, as well as how we can learn from the values and wisdom of many cultural traditions. Continue reading