Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes when implemented in multiple real-life settings, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities.

How Innovative Community Responses to COVID-19 Support Healthy Aging

Clarke, T., Oomer, M., Tavarez, V.

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Summary Report/Recommendations

Outreach/ Education/ Communications
Policy Change/ Development
Social and Community Context
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Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, and Tufts Health Plan Foundation partnered with FSG to conduct interviews and secondary research of COVID-19 lessons and recommendations framed for three key audiences: organizations, partnerships and collaborations, and funders and policymakers. This research was conducted in six communities in Massachusetts, and identifies key themes and strategies to lift up based on real-world activities implemented during the pandemic. Findings emphasize the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on older adults across a broad range of social, economic, and health factors, and effective strategies for supporting older adults are outlined such as direct communication and flexible services. Gaps are also identified across each of the findings, indicating where there is room for improvement and community strengthening. Lessons and recommendations are also clearly outlined by audience, with clear suggestions for implementing effective strategies to support older populations in various community settings.

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Outcomes of Interest

Capacity Building, Improve Organizational Infrastructure, Partnership Building, Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

Adults Aged 65 and Older

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