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June 18, 2018
Foundation announces new grants of nearly $1.8 million
 
Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced new community investments that reflect its commitment to make our cities and towns great places to grow up and grow old. The nearly $1.8 million supports 16 community organizations working to make communities healthier for people of all ages, with a specific interest in engaging older adults. These investments are in addition to nearly $1 million in previously announced work.
 
"Our investments encourage collaboration and leverage accumulated wisdom we trust will lead to vibrant, inclusive, supportive communities," said Thomas P. O'Neill, III, chair of the Foundation's board of directors. "Communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island recognize older people as assets for creating a better future."
 
The supported grants in systems improvement and best practices reflect a trend of increased regional and local efforts to create age- and dementia-friendly communities. The initiatives promote cross sector collaboration, expand engagement of older people, advance improvements to services that support the health and wellbeing of older people, and foster intergenerational connections.
Tufts Health Plan honored by National Braille Press

Tufts Health Plan was recognized as an exceptional volunteer partner at the National Braille Press annual meeting this week. Anne Dumke and Jean Geraghty accepted the award on behalf of Tufts Health Plan. They are pictured at right with National Braille Press President Brian MacDonald. 
 
National Braille Press supports a lifetime of opportunity for blind children through braille literacy, and gives access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community life. Over the last several years, dozens of Tufts Health Plan employees have volunteered at National Braille Press to help assemble print/braille books for blind children.
Mass. Community Compacts include age-friendly practices

Funding and technical assistance are now available to cities and towns implementing age- and dementia-friendly initiatives. This marks the first time a health and human services best practice has been included in the Commonwealth's Community Compact program.

Municipalities working to become more innovative and accountable are eligible for a number of state programs and grants through the program. Massachusetts is the first state to offer funding to communities doing age-friendly and/or dementia-friendly work.
 
This is a significant win for the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, which has been working on this effort for several months.
 
Read more about the Community Compact program 
Submit ideas for Policy and Advocacy by July 20

Tufts Health Plan Foundation opens its grant cycles twice a year. It's time for submissions in Policy and Advocacy. Interested organizations should submit a letter of intent through the online system accessible via
tuftshealthplanfoundation.org.

Letters of intent for the Policy and Advocacy grant cycle are due by July 20, 2018. 
 
Momentum Fund info session webinar set for August 23

We're hosting a webinar information session on the Foundation's new Momentum Fund mini-grants. During the webinar, we will talk about over-arching strategies and the impact we want to make with our investments.  
 
This session will only be offered via webinar. The agenda will include an opportunity for Q&A with our team.

Date:  Thursday, August 23, 2018    
Time:  2 - 3 p.m.   
Location:  Webinar

If you have questions you would like us to address, please share them on your registration form.    
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