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Providence, RI – PACE Organization of Rhode Island (PACE®), a health plan serving older adults who wish to maintain their independence and live in the community, recently announced that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s new Momentum Fund. The organization will use this grant to improve care and access for vulnerable older adults by engaging community-based primary care providers in the PACE model.

Twenty-seven grants— totaling nearly $270,000—were awarded to community organizations from the new mini-grant program. The fund was established to foster new ideas and advance the movement to make cities and towns better places to grow up and grow old.

“This grant will help us better serve our mission, which is to preserve and sustain the independence of older adults who have significant health needs and wish to remain in the community,” said Joan Kwiatkowski, CEO of the PACE Organization of Rhode Island. “At PACE, we provide opportunities for our participants to continue to contribute to society in a productive way. We are excited to receive a grant from this fund that emphasizes wellness at all ages, supporting our value of health, and encouraging a feeling of purpose at every stage of life.”

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“We developed the Momentum Fund to help smaller communities and organizations that want to do this work,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president of corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “They are adopting more inclusive policies, building accessible parks and public spaces, and integrating age-friendly practices.” “Many New England communities recognize older people as tremendous assets,” said Phillip González, the Foundation’s senior program officer. “This is an opportunity for us to learn from communities as they innovate and collaborate to address the needs of that community.”

The Momentum Fund is supporting 10 projects in Massachusetts, 10 in Rhode Island and 7 in New Hampshire. Each is community-led, addresses healthy aging and includes older people in the planning and implementation process.

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