Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard
Making Martha's Vineyard an Aging-Friendly Island
The Why and the How of our Community Plan (2022-2027)
HAMV is a planning, advocacy, and community-building organization dedicated to creating an aging-friendly Island since 2013. Our mission is to ensure we have the infrastructure and services in place to serve our growing Older Adult population. Today 1 in 3 of our Islanders are 65+.
We maximize our effectiveness by “building bridges” with a broad and diverse array of island stakeholders and seek, whenever possible, to support the development of an integrated, island-wide perspective to optimize our collective energy and financial investment.
We educate, build awareness, and activate in the following ways:
convene and manage coalitions of island organizations/consumer activists to focus on key priority areas
identify evidence-based programs/services to address service gaps, secure seed funding, and create pilot programs
conduct research and share analysis/recommendations with Older Adults, service organizations and local governments to stimulate conversation, support decision making and create a long term, shared vision on priorities
sponsor educational/awareness seminars
address ad-hoc needs of our Older Adults and the agencies that serve them
Our community plan is an example of collaboration at work with multiple partners and stakeholders across the island. Our Older Adult survey results guided the identification of key priority areas for the island and we've developed an action plan to address these priorities. Each area requires collaboration with service agencies, municipalities, subject-matter-experts and of course, our Older Adults. If you have interest in contributing to these various action steps, please contact Cindy Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org, 508 693-7900 ext. 455.