About the Age-Friendly Mini-Grant Program
The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative awarded five local organizations an Age-Friendly Mini-Grant to help jump-start age-friendly projects across Miami-Dade County. The organizations, which were selected based on their ability to offer a project to meet a community need in an age-friendly domain identified through a survey conducted in 2017, each received a $2,500 award.
Results and experiences of funded projects will help promote age-friendly thinking and action among others. The mix of mini-grants demonstrates that municipal governments, nonprofits, universities, faith groups, and others can play important roles in making Miami-Dade age-friendly. The recipients are Baptist Health South Florida, Dade Heritage Trust, Florida International University, North Bay Village and Youth Co-Op.
Meet the 2018 Mini-Grantees!
- Baptist Health South Florida
In an effort to improve quality of life for residents who have preventable hospital readmissions, West Kendall Baptist Hospital is launching a Promotores de Salud (PDS) initiative through Healthy West Kendall to bridge the gap between underserved community members and the resources necessary to live a healthy life. With the support for the mini-grant, the project will leverage partnerships in the community, including the faith-based community, to engage community health worker volunteers to support patients in need of additional assistance once they transition home. There will be a focus on transportation, nutritious meals, access, and social companionship. (Age-Friendly Domains: Community Support & Health Services)
- Dade Heritage Trust
Founded in 1972, Dade Heritage Trust is Miami-Dade County’s largest historic preservation organization. Dade Heritage Trust’s mission is to preserve the Miami-Dade community’s architectural, environmental and cultural heritage through education and advocacy. The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative mini-grant will benefit Dade Heritage Trust’s project that will focus on building civic engagement in the West Grove. This will be accomplished through community programming in historic Bahamian-American wood frame homes. Programs will include garden cultivation, cooking, and baking classes in order to promote a healthy and nutritious lifestyle. (Age-Friendly Domains: Social Participation, Community Support & Health Services)
- Florida International University
Florida International University is a metropolitan public research university in Miami, FL. The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative Mini-Grant will benefit a collaborative project between FIU’s Physical Therapy, Interior and Landscape Architecture, Environmental and Urban Design, and Computer Science departments to redesign Miami’s Underline Park under the Metrorail to be more “age-friendly”. Virtual and augmented-reality will be used to re-image and reconstruct the space based on input from older adults living in the community. Functional (mobility-related), behavioral and environmental attributes such as physical/visual accessibility and psychophysiological facilitators such as relaxation and motivation will be assessed. Evidence-based solutions for active aging will be provided to redesign the space to match older adults’ preferences and capabilities to effect active lifestyles. (Age-Friendly Domains: Transportation, Outdoor Spaces & Buildings, Respect & Social Inclusion)
- North Bay Village
North Bay Village will install a small computer lab in the lobby of the Village Hall Building and incorporate a health and wellness campaign for older adults. The goals of this project are to (1) Increase social interaction among older adults residing in North Bay Village; (2) Increase participants’ awareness of services that are available in the community. Village staff and volunteers instruct residents on how to pay bills on-line; navigate the Village and Miami-Dade County websites; access information concerning health management or free/low cost medications; or creating social media accounts to remain connected to loved ones. (Age-Friendly Domains: Communication & Information, and Social Participation)
- Youth Co-Op, Inc.
Youth Co-Op is a private non-profit whose mission is to promote the social well-being of individuals in South Florida through education, employment, and empowerment. In partnership with the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, Youth Co-Op be setting up a computer training lab for older adults to use in searching for employment as well as to use for training for learning new technology, and upgrading and/or learning new skills in Microsoft Office. This project offers older adults opportunities to increase their success in reaching financial stability. (Age-Friendly Domain: Civic Participation & Employment)
The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative looks forward to providing technical assistance to the winning projects toward successful implementation.