Elder Services Receives Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grant

Elder Services Receives Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grant to Support the Healthy Living Center of Excellence programs 

Local agency selected by Tufts Health Plan Foundation community investment of over $1.8 million to promote health, wellness in vulnerable communities


Lawrence, MA – June 2016 – – Elder Services announced today being chosen by The Tufts Health Plan Foundation as part of their community investments of more than $1.8 million. The Tufts foundation selected 12 organizations to award, including the Healthy Living Center of Excellence, a Division of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. The focus is to support innovative approaches to improving health and wellness in diverse communities.

“These initiatives are inclusive, led by community, and represent true cross-sector collaboration. By leveraging Foundation resources, grantees can implement promising practices and proven strategies—and accelerate progress,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan.

The new investments align with the Foundation’s support for age-friendly communities. The initiatives tackle a range of issues—from access to health care and social isolation of older adults to managing chronic diseases and elder abuse.

The Healthy Living Center of Excellence grant will support our network of 90+ community-based providers to continue offering evidence-based programs to older adults throughout the Commonwealth. “Engaging adults as active partners in their health care is essential to improved well-being and quality of life.  As a direct result of funding from Tufts Health Plan Foundation, we are able to make important programs more accessible to diverse, under-served communities. The Healthy Living Center of Excellence will continue to work with our statewide partners to develop strategies to sustain these programs and further improve linkages between community-based organizations, clinical providers, and the adults they serve.  We are so pleased to continue our partnership with Tufts Health Plan Foundation” says, Rosanne DiStefano, Executive Director of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.

For more information about the Healthy Living Center of Excellence, please visit our website or contact Pati Fernandez, 978-946-1254,


About Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc

About Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley: We are a private non-profit organization established in 1974. Since then, Elder Services has been the first choice and the first call for elder care in the Merrimack Valley. We help older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers and to navigate a complex system of services and programs and advocate to maximize their options for long term care.  Elder Services serves 23 cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley including the Greater Newburyport, Haverhill, Lawrence and Lowell communities. We are federal designation as an Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and a state designation as an Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) and Protective Service agency. Learn more about Elder Services at the website,


About The Healthy Living Center of Excellence

The Massachusetts Healthy Living Center of Excellence (HLCE) is a collaboration between Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley (an aging service access point in Lawrence) and Hebrew SeniorLife (a housing and health care provider for older adults). Over the last five years, the HLCE has grown from a collaborative of a dozen community based organizations simply implementing Chronic Disease Self-Management Education to a 90 member provider network, offering more than 14 wellness, prevention, and disease management programs all aimed at improved health outcomes and increased social engagement. The HLCE network includes a centralized infrastructure capable of acting as a single point of entry for adults of any age in need of nutrition education. This infrastructure is further supported by quality/fidelity monitoring, continuous quality assessment activities, statewide collation meetings, and seven (7) regional networks sharing best practices and maintaining local sensitivities. More information about the HLCE can be found at



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