Community Catalyst Receives $210,000 Grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation

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Dec. 23, 2020


Jack Cardinal

Alrie McNiff Daniels

(BOSTON, MA)The Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst (the Center) has been awarded a three-year, $210,000 grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation to engage older adults in Black and Latinx communities to understand what is needed and expected from the long-term services and supports (LTSS) system.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Foundation staff and trustees for the award,” said Renée Markus Hodin, deputy director of the Center. “Older adults in Massachusetts, especially those from Black and brown communities, were hard hit by the pandemic which also laid bare the inadequacies of LTSS. We are excited to work with Massachusetts Senior Action Council and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston to understand what older adults want and need from the LTSS system and to engage them as advocates for change.”

As a leader in organizing and amplifying consumer voice to ensure individuals and communities are involved in decisions that affect health, Community Catalyst builds the capacity of local partners to ensure a system of advocacy exists in every state. The pandemic revealed shortcomings of the Massachusetts LTSS system for older adults. Older adults experienced higher rates of infection and death, particularly in communities of color and in areas with higher rates of LTSS use. This project ultimately addresses the need for safe, reliable and high-quality LTSS in a range of care settings, especially for older adults with low incomes and those from communities of color.

“We are seeing trends – notably food insecurity and the need to ensure our long-term services and supports system advances healthy aging,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “We’ve seen the consequences of generations of systemic racism; we hope these grants will create space to listen and hear older people as they promote policy solutions that make sense for all of us.”

Tufts Health Plan Foundation is the only regional funder exclusively focused on healthy aging. This is one of 10 new community investments totaling more than $1.325 million reflecting the Foundation’s commitment to policies and practices that advance healthy aging. The new grants engage older people in systems-level change to remove barriers responsible for inequities in communities across the region.


About the Center for Consumer Engagement In Health Innovation 
The Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst is a hub devoted to teaching, learning and sharing knowledge to bring the consumer experience to the forefront of health innovation in order to deliver better care, better value and better health for every community, particularly vulnerable and historically underserved populations. The Center’s work is supported through investments in state and local advocacy, leadership development, research and evaluation, and consultative services to delivery systems and health plans. Visit or follow the Center on Twitter @CCEHI to learn more and follow our work. 

About Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Established in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given more than $45 million to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy aging. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward implementing age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older adults and include them in community solutions. Visit or follow us on TwitterFacebook, and YouTube