January 14, 2021
Letters of intent due January 22

Community organizations interested in submitting to our Collaboration & Community Engagement or Systems & Best Practices grant program should do so by 4 p.m. on January 22.

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A celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 15, 2021 marks what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 92nd birthday. The events of the past year and last week’s acts of violence at the U.S. Capitol are all-too-clear reminders that Dr. King’s call for “a beloved community” and his commitment to change through nonviolent protest are more relevant today than ever.

To honor Dr. King's life and legacy, we've collaborated with our Harvard Pilgrim colleagues to plan an event that will bring together employees and community members. The 11th Annual MLK Recognition and Service Day will be a virtual celebration and you are invited to join us tomorrow at 11 a.m.

The event will feature a panel discussion moderated by Shatyra Byson, chair of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Black Leaders Forum Employee Resource Group; Bithiah Carter, CEO of New England Blacks in Philanthropy; Danny Rivera, an artist and social impact advocate; and Sean Ellis, an advocate for criminal justice and prison reform and subject of the Netflix docu-series Trial 4.

Six students from local communities will be recognized with scholarships for compelling creative efforts depicting this year’s event theme, Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere. We will also announce several community organizations slated to receive funds from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation to support work on racial equity in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
OpEd highlights need for new approaches during pandemic

Foundation President Nora Moreno Cargie joined David Stevens, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging, to author an OpEd for the Patriot Ledger in Brockton, Mass.

The piece noted "challenges presented by COVID-19 have been met with flexibility and creativity by Massachusetts communities, and the residents and leaders among them, including older adults." David and Nora credited the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and others for adapting to meet emerging needs.

You can learn more about how Brockton and other communities are responding to the pandemic in How Innovative Community Responses Support Healthy Aging.
Tufts Health Plan recognized for diversity work

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC) featured Tufts Health Plan in its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Study 2021. The profile highlights the deep commitment to embedding the work in all areas of the company.

In a new blog about the study, BCCCC credits Tufts Health Plan for "living its values and acting on them—to improve health and wellness, among employees and the vibrant communities the company serves."
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