January 8, 2020

Funding Opportunities to Support Older Adults; Apply by Feb. 11

January 8, 2020

Does your non-profit agency or municipal department serve older adults? If so, Cooley Dickinson Hospital may be able to assist you in meeting your mission.

As part of its mission and the focus, in part, of the 2019 community needs assessment, Cooley Dickinson Health Care will work to address health disparities in our community including those that could impact older adults, such as lower income status; people with disabilities; those who are socially isolated and lonely; and others whose primary language is not English.

Agencies that serve older adult are encouraged to apply for funding from Cooley Dickinson to support people living in our community. View the application here.

Says Director of Community Health and Government Relations Jeff Harness, MPH, “examples of programs to help those populations include peer support, training, social services, falls prevention, and more.”

Through its Healthy Communities Committee, Cooley Dickinson Hospital conducts tri-annual health assessments. The 2019 assessment focused, in part, on the needs of older adults. The organization’s Healthy Communities Committee, a subcommittee of its Board of Trustees, monitors the health of local populations. Its members also plan approaches to improve health by partnering with other organizations and advocating for policies and programs that support health initiatives.

Adds Harness, “Cooley Dickinson is committed to addressing social determinants of health in our community, which are the economic and social conditions that influence individual and group differences in health status. Access to healthy, affordable food, housing, transportation, and education are all examples of social determinants that impact health.”

Questions should be emailed to Harness by Thursday, Jan. 31, 2020; applications are due by Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. View the application here. Read more about Cooley Dickinson’s commitment to community as well as its 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment.