To inform the ReiMAgine Aging; Year 3 Progress Report, which will look to capture the incredible age- and dementia friendly work of 2021, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is joining the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in asking its statewide network and partners to complete this survey by January 28th. 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.
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
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
In a letter to colleagues and partners, Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Chen is encouraging communities and stakeholders to promote COVID-19 booster shots.
Most older adults in Massachusetts received their COVID-19 vaccinations in the first half of 2021. By now, almost 1.4 million adults aged 60 and above are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination booster. Continue reading
On December 6th, Health Resources in Action (HRiA) announced the Massachusetts COVID-19 Community Grants Program aimed at reducing COVID-19 infections, morbidity, and mortality among Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color in our hardest hit cities and towns, as well as to support education and awareness of vaccination efforts in Massachusetts. Continue reading
Among the ways communities adapted during the pandemic was to make simple, but impactful changes to streets and public spaces that spurred economic activity, improved walkability and enhanced safe gathering spaces.
The Barr Foundation and the Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation released a report called “Quick and Creative Street Projects: Measuring the Impact in Mass,” which puts on display a number of local projects that made it easier to get outside, commute and meet.
The City of Chelsea was featured among six communities in a report conducted by FSG and promoted by the Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative, Tufts Health Plan Foundation and Executive Office of Elder Affairs on pandemic response that supported older adults. Now, a new report by the community-based organization GreenRoots goes into detail about why the city was hit hard by COVID-19, but also how collaboration and inclusion propelled the city to come together and respond collectively. Continue reading
With the availability of booster shots to protect against COVID-19, the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition and Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative are re-launching a one-page resource the two organizations created to promote health and support service opportunities for older adults. Continue reading