At MHAC, health equity is central to our promotion and support of Age-Friendly communities that work for all. Among our core strategies is a focus on embedding access, equity and inclusion throughout our efforts.
This set of resources from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation can benefit those helping to guide their cities and towns towards becoming more Age- and Dementia Friendly. The site provides helpful knowledge of what it means to have health equity present in a community, and how stakeholders can take steps to achieve it. Continue reading
Access, Equity and Inclusion are central to the work of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, which is why we are pleased to pass along news from SAGE (Service & Advocacy for LGBT Elders) about the “Welcome to Pride Initiative.”
Created by SAGE with the generous support of AARP, the initiative is a partnership among SAGE, Centerlink, Heritage of Pride, InterPride, and The Center for Black Equity. SAGE launched “Welcome to Pride” to share how Pride organizers across the country are making Pride celebrations age-friendly, enabling people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treating everyone with respect. Continue reading
Health Resources in Action (HRiA) released of their newest Policy & Practice report: Embracing Health Equity in Community Health Improvement. This comprehensive resource for health professionals and community-based organizations provides a framework and practical tools for incorporating a health equity agenda into community health improvement work. Source: HRiA
Tamy-Feé Meneide serves on the Executive Task Force of the Multicultural Coalition on Aging. She recently joined the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Executive Committee to help promote greater diversity and inclusion within the Healthy Aging Collaborative. Tamy-Feé Meneide is currently the clinical research diversity coordinator at the Harvard Aging Brain Study.
Milagros Abreu, MD, MPH is the founder and Executive Director of the Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc. (LHIP), and serves as a Chair on the committee for diversity of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the executive committee of the Healthy Aging Collaborative. She recently received the Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health.
You founded the Latino Health Insurance Program (LHIP). What is the LHIP?
The LHIP is a nonprofit organization that was founded to address the issue of access to medical care for Latinos in Massachusetts. Latinos are among the most affected populations when it comes to lack of medical coverage. Continue reading
Source: Diverse Elders Coalition
Report by Community Catalyst
“The healthcare world is changing; providers who have been serving a certain population are now serving a completely new population, a more diverse population. When you talk about cultural competency, what you really need to look at is what the customs, beliefs and values of these individuals are.” Dr. Terri Mack-Biggs, Geriatrician, Hospice of Detroit, Michigan
How can health professionals determine if they should provide information in other languages? NCOA’s new, interactive data visualization tool can show you how. It provides county-specific data on concentrations of Medicare beneficiaries and languages spoken in the home.
BayPath Elder Services’ Making Cultural Connections program provides healthy aging programs for Chinese Mandarin-speaking elders who reside in Framingham public housing. Continue reading
Of the 1,450 low-income older adults living in Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly’s (JCHE) Brighton, Newton and Framingham communities, a large percentage is first-generation immigrants. On the Brighton campus, which is JCHE’s largest community, 900 residents come from 19 countries and speak 31 languages. Continue reading
At the Wang YMCA of Chinatown, more than 400 seniors of Asian descent have participated in “Get Fit, Stay Fit for Life,” a free six-month program that brings adults 60 or over together for group exercises, counseling services, informative workshops and organized social activities. Continue reading