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March 20, 2018
Foundation celebrates first decade

For the past 10 years, Tufts Health Plan Foundation has been a trusted community partner, supporting healthy aging and advancing efforts to make our communities great places to grow up and grow old.

Our support of the age-friendly movement has helped build momentum for this work in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island--and our emphasis on community collaboration has led to innovative approaches that include older people in the process.

As the only regional funder solely focused on healthy aging, we have invested in  community initiatives from the Berkshires to Boston and Cape Cod, from Manchester, N.H. to Providence, R.I. Our tenth anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments and consider ways to deepen our impact in community. We are pleased to announce two new initiatives:
  • 10,000 hours for 10 years  We've challenged Tufts Health Plan employees to complete 10,000 hours of community service in 2018, and are proud to report the senior management team has made personal commitments to support this goal.
  • The Momentum Fund  This mini-grant program will support age- and dementia-friendly efforts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. More details will be announced later this spring.
Interested in applying for Policy and Advocacy grants?

The Foundation is accepting letters of intent (LOIs) for Policy and Advocacy grants to community organizations working on age-friendly issues . The deadline is Friday, July 20, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

To answer your questions about our grant application process and how we fund, we will host an interactive session with specific information on our Policy and Advocacy focus area. We will announce the date of the information session in April.

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Foundation joins Rhode Island Foundation and R.I. Lt. Governor at State House event

The Foundation's grant to the Alzheimer's Association Rhode Island chapter was announced at a press conference at the R.I. State House. R.I. Lt. Governor Daniel McKee thanked the Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation for grants to support updating the state's five-year plan on Alzheimer's disease.

Noting the rich diversity of cultures in the Ocean State, Foundation President Nora Moreno Cargie said, "We look forward to an inclusive process that draws on the insights and expertise of all Rhode Islanders and invites broad collaboration."

Pictured above are Phillip González, senior program officer for Tufts Health Plan Foundation; Helene Forte, vice president, Tufts Health Plan Public Plans Emerging Markets; Lt. Governor McKee; and Moreno Cargie.

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Massachusetts becomes one of two age-friendly states

During his State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Baker announced Massachusetts is just the second state to earn the Age-Friendly State designation from AARP and the World Health Organization.

The administration's support for older people is critical as we move forward in our work. Today more than 80 cities and towns are actively working on age- and/or dementia-friendly initiatives, up from just a handful three years ago. The Foundation will continue to support more inclusive, livable communities across the Commonwealth with our partners the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, AARP, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging.
Moreno Cargie one of Boston's most influential people of color

Foundation President Nora Moreno Cargie was included in the GK100, released this month by Get Konnected! in partnership with The Boston Foundation and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. This comprehensive list of Boston's 100 most influential people of color celebrates the positive contributions people of color are making to the economic and social fabric of our vibrant city and region.

The GK100 will be honored at an event at The Boston Foundation later this month. The event will include a panel discussion on the best ways to help Boston become America's most equitable and inclusive city.
Foundation represented on Mass. healthy aging committee

Phillip González, the Foundation's senior program officer, has been appointed to a new committee that will advise how to make it easier for older adults to live in healthy, inclusive and equitable environments.

The 14-member committee will assist the state Department of Public Health and the state Executive Office of Elder Affairs in setting funding priorities for the Determination of Need's Healthy Aging Fund.
A better way to talk about aging, ageism and older people

Learn about changing public thinking and policy regarding aging, ageism and older people. You can change the conversation and lead in "ReFraming Aging."

Tufts Health Plan Foundation is exploring interest in participating in local training opportunities to help build framing capacity in the region.

The ReFraming Aging approach is based on research conducted by the FrameWorks Institute and funded by leading U.S. aging organizations. The training would include recommendations on communications and teach attendees to make more intentional choices when presenting information on aging. (You can also explore online resources and tools.)

To help us understand how to structure this training and gauge interest, please fill out this brief survey. Survey will remain open until April 1. We will share results and our plans in early summer.
Three leading age-friendly voices discuss the future

The Gerontology Institute Blog recently invited leaders of the age-friendly movement in Massachusetts to share their insights--Mike Festa, state director of AARP in Massachusetts; Jan Mutchler, director of the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging at the University of Massachusetts Boston; and Foundation President Nora Moreno Cargie. The trio discussed the importance of honoring community, prioritizing inclusion, and reaching out to regional planners, transportation experts, housing leaders and others to help them understand the needs of older people.

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Focusing on factors that affect community health, employees make donations to make a difference

During the February food drive, Tufts Health Plan employees set a new company record in pounds donated--more than 1,200 lbs. of food was collected for families facing hunger. Donations went to the New Hampshire Food Bank, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the Watertown Food Pantry.

This month employees stepped up with donations of household items to help people who have experienced homelessness settle into new homes. In addition to laundry baskets and buckets of cleaning supplies, paper goods and toiletries, employees donated new toasters, coffeemakers, cookware, sheets and towels. Donations, valued at more than $5,300, will go to clients of Amos House, Hearth and HomeStart.
New corporate citizenship report focuses on leadership

What it Means to Lead, Tufts Health Plan's corporate citizenship report, demonstrates how we've deepened our commitment to our values, our members, our employees and our community while also redefining the future of health care.

We are proud to share the stories of how our teams put words into action, the innovative business practices that distinguish us, and how our products and services are breaking barriers to access.  How we engage in community distinguishes our brand.

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