Community Partners

  • Greater New Bedford Community Health Center
  • New Bedford Department of Public Health
  • New Bedford Council on Aging
  • Coastline Elderly Services
  • New Bedford Housing Authority
  • Southcoast Health
  • BU CADER Institute
  • Walgreens
  • Community Nurse Home Care
  • YWCA
  • Coastal Food Shed
  • Bristol Community College
  • AARP

Goals:

  • Optimize health and wellness in the community
  • Promote support for cognitive and emotional health
  • Enhance older adult safety

Accomplishments:

  • Offered dental health clinics and provided information on low-cost dental services to the community
  • Increased access to healthy foods through mobile markets, food delivery programs, SNAP-education, USDA programs, and farmers markets
  • Increased access to mobile health van and expanded access to health screenings
  • Facilitated institutional use of food security screenings by the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center
  • Conducted 5 dementia training sessions for professionals and first responders
  • Completed BU CADER training and disseminated content
  • Raised awareness of Elder Abuse and Safety with videos, staff trainings, an annual conference, and distribution of posters and other print materials
  • Offered seminars on end-of-life planning
  • Provided care, respite and education for caregivers
  • Hosted Annual Food Security Forums at UMass Dartmouth
  • Facilitated creation a Food Alert app for food rescue and resources
  • Organized Healthy Aging Walk
  • COVID-19 response included food delivery and distribution events, expansion of the home-delivered meals program, facilitating transportation to COVID test sites, and identification of home-bound adults for COVID-19 vaccination appointments
  • Coordinated ¬†Annual Healthy Aging Fair for seniors