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October 16,  2019
Honors from Boston Business Journal

Tufts Health Plan was honored for our collaboration with 2Life Communities with a Partner of the Year Award during the Boston Business Journal's 14th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. It is the first time we have received this recognition.  
 
The company also was among the top 25 charitable contributors in Massachusetts for the seventh year in a row. The ranking is based on total cash contributions paid to Massachusetts-based charitable organizations in 2018. 
Tufts Health Plan is a certified Age Friendly Employer

Tufts Health Plan was recognized by the Age Friendly Foundation as one of the best places to work for employees age 50 and above. With 31% of employees over the age of 50, Tufts Health Plan wants employees to feel valued for their knowledge, experience and reliability.

The Age Friendly designation is based on 12 categories of policies and practices, including candidate recruiting, workforce planning and composition, organization culture, and savings and retirement benefits.

A recent Harvard Business Review article makes the case for hiring older workers. The authors note employers that "create an inclusive, fair, and meaningful experience for older employees, as well as younger ones . . .will not only become more innovative, engaging, and profitable over time, but also will benefit society at large."
Interested in Tufts Health Plan Foundation grants?

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.

Visit our website to learn more about how to apply.

Those interested in submitting a letter of intent are invited to attend our webinar information session on December 10. The webinar will focus on the Foundation's Systems and Best Practices and Collaboration and Community Engagement grant programs.

We will talk about our over-arching strategies and the impact we want to make with our investments. The agenda will include an opportunity for Q&A with our team.

Date:  Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Location: Webinar

Register to attend the webinar
 
If you have questions you would like us to address, please include them on registration form.

NOTE: A Policy and Advocacy info session will be offered in June.
Five organizations funded through innovative grantmaking initiative; employees designate $25,000 to nonprofits 
 
Community organizations aiding veterans, single mothers with low incomes, LGBTQ+ Rhode Islanders experiencing homelessness, immigrants, and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities will each receive a $5,000 grant as a result of a program engaging Tufts Health Plan employees in grantmaking.  
 
"This grant program is an opportunity for our business resource groups to recommend nonprofit organizations addressing important community issues," said Tufts Health Plan President and CEO Tom Croswell, who also serves on the Tufts Health Plan Foundation board of directors. "Giving back isn't just something we do; it's part of our culture. I'm incredibly proud of the dedicated employees who demonstrate their commitment to the community through this program and each and every day."

Read more about the new grantees
$53.4 million federal grant to help those living with Alzheimer's
 
A federal grant to Brown University and Hebrew SeniorLife could lead to improved health care and quality of life for people living with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. Foundation Board Member Vince Mor, Ph. D., co-leads the project.
 
The five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging will set up an incubator to test dementia treatments that are not drugs. The grant will fund up to 40 pilot projects within health care institutions from primary care to nursing homes. It aims to accelerate the adoption of practices that work. 
 
Read more about this research  
First official age-friendly communities In Rhode Island
 
Newport was the first to join the AARP Age-Friendly Network of States and Communities. Cranston signed on the following day. Providence is expected to announce their participation shortly. 
 
The AARP Network "helps participating communities become great places for people of all ages by adopting features such as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in civic and community activities.
 
The network specifically "targets improvements in eight domains that influence the health and quality of life for all as we age."
 
Newport recognized as age-friendly community

Read about Cranston's age-friendly designation
Boston's Age Strong Commission takes on ageism

The City of Boston is tackling ageism with a new innovative campaign featuring real Bostonians.
 
It includes a video on local access television stations; digital banners; posters; and billboards at City Hall, neighborhood libraries, city bus stops, Logan International Airport, and on MBTA subway and trolley cars.
 
The Reframing Aging work inspired the campaign, which is coordinated by the city's Age Strong Commission.
 
Reframing Aging webinar now available online

More than 350 attended our recent Reframing Aging webinars. If you missed them, you can access a recording of the webinar, handouts and other reframing resources on our website.
 
The training introduces FrameWorks Institute's research on attitudes toward aging, ageism and issues important to older people. It also highlights recommendations and resources to help change the conversation about aging.  
 
Back-to-School drive tops goal
 
More than 200 students started school with backpacks full of new supplies thanks to the generosity of Tufts Health Plan employees. Employees contributed supplies valued at more than $12,500 and filled 200 backpacks. 
 
Education is a significant social determinant that influences health over the course of a lifetime. Children with their own supplies show increased interest in learning. Backpacks and supplies were distributed to Project HOPE, The Home for Little Wanderers, the Walker School, Watertown Boys & Girls Club, R.I.S.E. (Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education) and Families in Transition in N.H.
Tufts Health Plan in the news
 
As you may know, Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care announced in August an agreement to combine our organizations. We believe the new organization will bring more value to our members and the communities we serve by improving affordability and quality, increasing access, and streamlining and simplifying the customer experience.  
   
The organizations share a rich history of philanthropy, with combined giving of more than $9 million to community organizations in just the last year.  
   
Until we receive regulatory approval and the transaction officially closes, our respective foundations remain independent. We will continue our grantmaking. If you are a current grantee, your organization will not be affected.
 
We will share updates as they become available. Rest assured, our commitment to community remains strong.  
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