March 30, 2021
Interested in applying for a grant?

Tufts Health Plan Foundation is accepting letters of intent for the Policy & Advocacy grant focus area. Engaging in policy and advocacy is essential to building healthy, age-friendly communities. The deadline is Friday, July 23, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Visit our website to learn more about our focus areas and how to apply.

Those interested in submitting a letter of intent are invited to attend our webinar information session on June 8. The webinar will include an opportunity for Q&A with our team.

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.

If you have questions, please include them on the registration form.
Foundation responds to racial injustice

This month's shootings in Georgia are a recent example of violence against Asian Americans and a stark reminder how our nation continues to grapple with racial injustice.

Foundation President Nora Moreno Cargie signed a statement by the Asian Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network denouncing violence against Asian communities and calling on government officials to take action. And our Foundation is offering a double match for employee donations to eligible organizations working to fight systemic racism.

These steps, along with significant contributions to organizations supporting the Asian American community during the past year, make our position clear: We are anti-racist and have zero tolerance for violence.
Two grantees honored by Mass. Public Health Association

Each spring, the Massachusetts Public Health Association celebrates public health and health equity leaders. This year, two of the top honorees are Foundation grantees.

The organization's highest honor, the Paul Revere Award, will go to Michael Curry, Esq., who became the CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. MPHA noted Michael's "unwavering leadership to elevate the needs of community health centers and their patients, while focusing on equitable responses to the pandemic." In February, the Foundation awarded the Massachusetts League a grant to support COVID-19 vaccine outreach with Black and Brown communities.

Martha Velez, director of Health & Human Services for Lawrence, Mass., will be honored with the MPHA Community Leadership Award. Martha's "outstanding service to the City of Lawrence, during COVID-19 and in the aftermath of the 2018 Columbia Gas explosions," were highlighted in her recognition. Martha is a leader in the Age-Friendly Lawrence effort. We have funded this work since 2018.
R.I. Healthy Aging Data Report delivered to lawmakers
The Healthy Aging Data Reports help lawmakers understand more about the health of older people--with comprehensive community profiles available for every city and town in the state. These profiles are valuable tools for advocates working to change policies and practices.

Earlier this month, every R.I. state legislator, city/town/tribal leaders and the federal delegation received a customized R.I. Healthy Aging Data Report package.The mailing included the highlights report, the infographic and community profiles for each city/town in the lawmaker's district. A cover letter signed by Governor Dan McKee; Rosmaria Amoros Jones, the director of the state's Office of Healthy Aging; Catherine Taylor, executive director of Age-Friendly Rhode Island; and Foundation President Nora Moreno Cargie accompanied the materials.
COVID-19 vaccine information and resources
Want the latest information about coronavirus vaccines?

Our COVID-19 resources page has links to state resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--plus information on how to avoid vaccine scams.
Please vote for our video in the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Film Festival

Want to know why our leaders have purple hair? Check out the Tufts Health Plan video we submitted to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC) Film Festival. This annual event celebrates the work and impact of corporate citizenship programs and the inspiring ways companies share their efforts. It's also a competition.

Please cast your vote for our video in the small company section. Winners will be announced during the BCCCC annual conference in April.
Addressing common misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines

Understanding the science behind COVID-19 vaccines is key when developing awareness, outreach and education campaigns. This webinar will help separate fact from fiction.
A panel of experts will present: 
  • Laura Haynes, PhD, Professor of Immunology at UConn Center on Aging
  • Kenneth Schamder, MD, Professor of Medicine, Co-Director, Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, Duke University School of Medicine; Director of the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), Durham VA Health Care System
  • Nir Barzilai, MD, AFAR Scientific Director; Professor of Medicine and Genetics, Director of Institute on Aging Research, Principal Investigator of The Nathan Shock Center, The Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
The webinar is presented by Grantmakers In Aging, Generations United, and the American Federation for Aging Research, and sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation. 

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
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