September 25, 2020
Interested in applying for a grant?

Tufts Health Plan Foundation is accepting letters of intent for the Systems and Best Practices and Collaboration and Community Engagement grant focus areas. Ideas should support community organizations working to make communities more age-friendly. The deadline is Friday, January 22, 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 November 17. The webinar will focus on these grant program areas and include an opportunity for Q&A with our team.

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: Webinar

If you have questions, please include them on the registration form.

Note: Information sessions for the Policy and Advocacy and Momentum Fund grant programs will be offered in 2021.
Golden Shoe Award honors Boston partnership
The Foundation and Boston's Age Strong Commission received WalkBoston's Golden Shoe Award this week. The award recognizes those who have "bettered the environment and exemplify the ideals that guide WalkBoston." The organization called out our work to advance age-friendly walking in Massachusetts.

Also recognized were the Boston Public Library for renovations that enhance walkability and the Coalition for a Better Acre Walking Champions for advocating for safer walking in Lowell. This is WalkBoston's 30th year making walking safer and easier to encourage better health, a cleaner environment and more vibrant communities.

The Foundation team, Nora Moreno Cargie, president; Phillip González, senior program officer; and Kimberly Blakemore, program officer, are pictured accepting the award.
National recognition for 2019 Momentum Fund grantee
Minuteman Senior Services received a prestigious 2020 Aging Innovations Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Their "Change of Condition Project" was honored for expanding and standardizing safety checks for older people who are unable to leave their homes.

The program speeds up follow-up care, reduces further decline, and improves quality of life for thousands of older adults served by the Meals on Wheels Program of Minuteman Senior Services. A smartphone application makes it possible to quickly identify potential health and safety concerns among Meals on Wheels recipients, and improves communication and intervention among care teams.  

In the photo are Kelly Magee Wright, executive director, Minuteman Senior Services, and Jennifer Stiff, the organization's nutrition program director.
Final Census push in Rhode Island

Amid uncertainty about when the U.S. Census will stop collecting data, Rhode Island's Complete Count Committee is moving forward with efforts to reach people in the state's core cities and communities of color.

The group is holding a series of virtual and outdoor events focusing on the Census, many featuring performers of color. The Foundation is the title sponsor for this effort.

New data shows COVID-19 disproportionally affects Black and Latino communities in Connecticut

DataHaven, a New Haven-based nonprofit, compiled and released data confirming Connecticut communities of color are experiencing disproportionate loss of life and financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The research group hopes to inform public policy and support forward-facing solutions.

The Foundation supported the fourth wave of the DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey, one of the largest community health and quality of life surveys in the United States.
New guide promotes inclusion

Being more inclusive can broaden the impact of local initiatives, strengthen communities, and improve access to services and opportunities.

Healthy Aging for All, a new Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative tool, funded by the Foundation, identifies resources to help age-and dementia-friendly communities promote conversations and address inequities.
Agencies bring resources to community

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and other community partners are finding new ways to increase awareness of resources and services available to older people in the Commonwealth.

Representatives from agencies serving older people are on location at RMV offices on "senior Wednesdays" to answer questions about services and resources.
Hearing voices of color leads to health equity
Community Solutions for Health Equity (CSHE) works to elevate the voices of communities of color and other communities left out of discussions when local health care systems in the United States are creating policy

Nine organizations will be selected for three-year grants to advance this work. Funding is available to grassroots organizations interested in increasing their ability to organize members; build partnerships with other constituencies; and develop effective communication. Visit the CSHE website to learn more.
Tufts Health Plan top giver in Massachusetts
For the eighth year in a row, Tufts Health Plan is among the top 25 companies on the Boston Business Journal's list of "Top Charitable Contributors."

The BBJ "showcases companies that promote and prioritize giving back to their communities — a feat that is even more important during times of turmoil and crisis like we have experienced in 2020."

A record 107 companies reported giving at least $100,000 in cash contributions to Massachusetts-based charities and social-service nonprofits in 2019.

Last year, the BBJ recognized 2Life Communities and Tufts Health Plan as "Partners of the Year."
Back to school a focus for Tufts Health Plan employees
Back-to-school preparations were especially challenging for many families this year. To support families experiencing economic hardship, Tufts Health Plan’s annual Back-to-School Drive went virtual and was successful.

Employees donated nearly $7,000 in supplies, which included backpacks, pencils, pens, pencil sharpeners, crayons, glue sticks, highlighters, loose leaf paper, notebooks, rulers, markers, erasers and more.

Families in Transition (New Hampshire) and R.I.S.E. (Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education).
Employees discuss racial justice

Give 8/28 is an important opportunity to recognize community organizations doing critical work. The racial justice movement and the importance of investing in Black leaders working directly in our communities was the focus of a panel discussion on systemic racism held that day. The event was organized by Tufts Health Plan's Black Brothers Building Group, Mosaic Business Resource Group and the Foundation.

Employee donations to these and other racial justice organizations were eligible for a double match from the Foundation. Since March, nearly $400,000 has gone to community organizations working for racial justice and those affected by the pandemic through this program.
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