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December 17,  2019
Nearly $1 million to nine community organizations
 
Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced nine new community investments totaling $972,000 and demonstrating the Foundation's commitment to policies and practices that support healthy aging. These investments are in addition to $3.9 million in grants announced earlier this year.

"The Foundation is proud to support community efforts to be vibrant, healthy and equitable," said Tom Croswell, Tufts Health Plan president and CEO and a member of the Foundation's board of directors. "Advocating for public policy change is essential to achieving social change at scale."

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Deadline for letters of intent is January 24

The Foundation is accepting letters of intent for Systems and Best Practices and Collaboration and Community Engagement grants to community organizations working on age-friendly issues. The deadline is Friday, January 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

International leaders talk aging and mobility in Massachusetts

Alexandre Kalache is often called the "father of the age-friendly community movement," and we were honored to host him in Springfield in late October. The former director of the World Health Organization's global aging program, Dr. Kalache heard from leaders representing Age-Friendly Berkshires, Age-Friendly Northampton, the Live Well Springfield Age-Friendly City initiative and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Each described their work to make their communities great places to grow up and grow old. Dr. Kalache shared insights from his work in other countries and promised the audience he would spread the word about the work happening in Massachusetts. 
Just a few weeks later, Board Member Mary Skelton Roberts, the Barr Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation co-hosted an event featuring Gil Penalosa, the founder and chair of 8 80 Cities.

Penalosa noted the importance of reimagining our infrastructure (protected bike lanes, improved sidewalks and crosswalks), and encouraged the audience to move people out of their cars and into other forms of transportation.
Foundation honored at R.I. event

The Foundation was recognized as a "philanthropic partner of the year" at an Association of Fundraising Professionals in Rhode Island event celebrating National Philanthropy Day. We are grateful to Saint Elizabeth Community, one of our R.I. grantees, for nominating us.  
 
Paco Trilla, vice president and chief medical officer for Tufts Health Public Plans, is pictured at the event with St. Elizabeth's staff and residents.
Aging Strong in Boston

The Age Strong Commission hosted a celebration at City Hall with the real-life Bostonians featured in the commission's anti-ageism campaign.

Noting that older Bostonians are "leaders, changemakers, and problem solvers," Mayor Marty Walsh said, "older residents continue to contribute to their community, family and city, and we are grateful for your energy and experience. Let's show everyone why Boston is truly a place for every generation."
Creative Aging in the Berkshires

Volunteer writers and photographers in the Berkshires profiled 25 residents age 65+ in the Berkshires, a creative effort that highlights the contributions of older people. 
 
The profiles were displayed in the State House with the help of Senator Adam Hinds. They will be featured weekly in The Berkshire Eagle
over the next few months.  
Embodying the spirit of giving

On #GivingTuesday, Tufts Health Plan employees and the Foundation's board of directors gave nearly $200,000 to local nonprofit organizations. With a two-for-one match from the Foundation, total #GivingTuesday donations will approach $600,000.

More than 100 employees gave of their time on #GivingTuesday, assembling "Happy Hope Bags" which will brighten the days of nearly 300 children in local hospitals.

Donations to our annual Holiday Wish Tree drive topped $12,000 - up 20 percent. Gifts will go to families served through the Cambridge Salvation Army, Children's Friend (Rhode Island), Greater Hartford Salvation Army, Heading Home, Operation Santa Claus (New Hampshire) and the Watertown Boys and Girls Club.
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