August 11, 2020
Foundation announces $1M to advance racial and social justice
Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced it has committed $1 million to support investments on issues facing diverse communities. The funds will go to the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund, the Latino Legacy Fund and the Asian Community Fund

“A history of systemic barriers and widespread inequities has left many behind,” said Tom Croswell, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. “Our Foundation will continue to prioritize equity in all its work; we are making a long-term commitment to issues important to the community and to organizations led by those who represent communities of color.” 
Foundation signs letter urging Oct. 31 Census date
Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced a new timeline for completing the 2020 Census.

In response, Tufts Health Plan Foundation joined nearly 500 funders from across the country signing a letter to the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the Bureau of Census strongly urging them to maintain the October 31 end date to ensure time for a complete count and analysis.

As of now, only 14% of the country’s counties have achieved their 2010 level of self-response. The letter notes rushing the Census would “hurt a diverse range of rural and urban communities, leaving them underrepresented locally and in Congress and cutting their fair share of federal funding for Medicaid, economic development, child care, schools, road and public transit improvements, home heating assistance for older people, and many more vital services.”
Tufts Health Plan joins "A Day for Democracy"
Tufts Health Plan is showing its commitment to corporate citizenship and civic engagement by signing on to a new nonpartisan initiative to increase voter participation.

An article in the Boston Globe described the project as "rounding up employers of all sizes who will work to increase voter participation, in part by promising to give employees some time off to vote, or by helping them register and obtain mail-in ballots."

So far, more than 100 employers have signed on, most from Massachusetts. They represent 200,000 employees.
Massachusetts submits age-friendly progress report
The Age-Friendly Massachusetts Action Plan serves as the state’s multiyear plan to make the Commonwealth more age- and dementia-friendly.

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs submitted the Commonwealth's Progress Report to AARP last week, detailing the age- and dementia-friendly efforts made by communities and organizations throughout Massachusetts.

The Foundation is a key collaborator in this work, along with AARP, the Massachusetts Councils on Aging, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, Boston's Age Strong Commission and communities across the state.
Coronavirus delays, but doesn't deter, delivery
Earlier this year, Tufts Health Plan employees donated household items for people transitioning from homelessness as part of our annual drive.

Online contributions were delivered to Hearth, an organization dedicated to ending elder homelessness. Donations dropped off at the office before the Massachusetts stay-at-home advisory took effect, will go to people served by Pine Street Inn.

We organized a safe transfer of the supplies last week. The car was loaded with laundry baskets and cleaning buckets filled with toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, dish soap, sponges, cleaner, dish towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and bar soap. Pine Street Inn staff report these items are more important than ever.
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