This past December 2015, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced investments of more than $1.5 million to move communities toward achieving age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on the most vulnerable, and include older adults in the process. The Council is honored to announce that our organization was awarded a grant under the Policy and Advocacy category, which supports efforts that advance healthy aging and more livable communities for all ages. The Council, through our Home Care Aide Foundation, will receive $179,346 over two years to fund Setting the Agenda: Data-Driven Advocacy to Address Home Care Aide Policy. A copy of the grant announcement can be found online at: TuftsHPF Grant
This initiative will work to improve the quality and efficiency of the home care system by investing in solutions to address the instability of the home care workforce. Priority areas for policy change and legislative action will be identified by collecting and analyzing homecare workforce demographic data. The data will be collected via a survey of home care agencies and home care aides and through focus groups with provider organizations, funding entities, and consumer groups. Data gathered during this project will be integrated into the Commonwealth’s Home and Community-Based Services Policy Lab, making it accessible to the decision-makers as well as practitioners and further strengthen the planning efforts of the network and the state. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Commonwealth Medicine will assist with measurement design, survey creation, and aligning the survey tool with HCBS Policy Lab data.
“The support provided by Tufts Health Plan Foundation allows Massachusetts to take a crucial step forward in understanding the current status of the home care workforce and industry and use this evidence to identify priority areas for policy change and legislative action in the Commonwealth,” said Lisa Gurgone, Council Executive Director in the press release for this grant announcement.
The Council would like to take this opportunity to highlight the outstanding leadership of our Assistant Director Hayley Gleason on this initiative. We also thank our Executive Committee and Caitlin Coyle, our Evaluation Consultant, for their outstanding support throughout the application process. The Council looks forward to gathering feedback from our members and sharing information on this project throughout the months to come.