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$1.1 million to community for age-friendly work

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today new community investments of more than $1.1 million in the areas of policy and advocacy. These grants reflect the Foundation's commitment to advancing age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older adults, and include them in community solutions. The Foundation is also providing year-two support for seven multi-year initiatives. In 2016, the Foundation invested more than $2.9 million in community.

"The momentum is building around age-friendly communities, and we are excited to partner with state and local leaders in their work to consider and include older adults," said Nora Moreno Cargie, vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan and president of its Foundation. "We are proud collaborators on initiatives that promote cross-sector conversations, address challenges and inequities facing communities, and advance policies and practices that support all ages."

The new investments include initiatives to improve access to affordable housing and supportive services for older adults; address gaps that limit access to services and healthy, nutritious food; and engage more seniors as advocates for their communities. They are aligned with the Foundation's support for age-friendly communities.
 

First-ever Rhode Island Healthy Aging Data Report released

A standing-room only crowd attended the October 13 launch of the Rhode Island 2016 Healthy Aging Data Report and HealthyAgingDataReports.org at the Rhode Island State House.

After welcoming remarks from Foundation President Nora Moreno Cargie, Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello and Senator Gayle Goldin highlighted the importance of the initiative and thanked the Foundation for supporting the report.

Principal Investigator Elizabeth Dugan of UMASS Boston's Gerontology Institute shared highlights of the report, noting the gender disparities in the state and the challenges posed by socioeconomic inequities.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Elizabeth Roberts reaffirmed her office's commitment to older Rhode Islanders, saying that "helping older adults age well is smart public policy" and Director Charles Fogarty of the Division of Elderly Affairs said "this data will be critical as we plot the way to where we want to be."

Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee closed out the event by encouraging the crowd to "make Rhode Island a place people really want to live -- regardless of how old they are."
We were the #1 Walk to End Alzheimer's team in Massachusetts/New Hampshire

The Tufts Health Plan team--295 strong-- included employees,  friends, family, and for the first time, members. With groups walking in Andover, Boston, Foxboro, Manchester (NH), and Worcester, plus a golf tournament, the team exceeded its fundraising goal of $70,000, earning a $2-for-$1 match from the Foundation, and raising the final tally to $291,000 for the Alzheimer's Association. The Tufts Health Plan team was ranked #1 for fundraising in Massachusetts/New Hampshire and #4 in the country.
Learn more about our community investments

Our community investments are advancing age-friendly work in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. To learn more about some of the organizations with whom we work, visit our website newsroom.

You'll find links to articles featuring Foundation grantees and programs as well as articles about Tufts Health Plan's Corporate Citizenship work.

Submit ideas for Systems and Best Practices by January 20

Tufts Health Plan Foundation awards grants twice a year.

Interested organizations should submit a letter of intent through the online system accessible via
   tuftshealthplanfoundation.org.

Letters of intent for the Systems and Best Practices grant cycle are due on January 20, 2017. 
 

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