Tufts Health Plan Recognized by Grantmakers in Aging, Releases Annual Report
Grantmakers in Aging Diversity Award
At its 35th anniversary annual conference, held in Boston, Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) presented the GIA Diversity Award for 2017 to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. The award was established to recognize organizations that embrace diversity as a fundamental element in all levels of their work in aging.
Therese Ellery, Senior Program Officer at the Rose Community Foundation in Denver, Colorado and a member of the GIA Diversity Award Committee, noted Tufts’ exemplary work, saying “Diversity and inclusion are embedded in all of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s grantmaking….A powerful example is the Age-Friendly Boston Initiative….The city recently released a 75- point Age-Friendly Boston Action Plan, which was informed by 30 listening sessions, conducted in 4 languages in 23 neighborhoods across the city. 70 organizations participated. In addition 3,700 surveys were completed in 6 languages. In sum, the City heard from 4,000+ older adults from every… single… community in Boston. In this and indeed all of its grantmaking, the Foundation seeks to minimize equity gaps in communities with limited resources and promote healthy aging for all residents. This means supporting work that engages LGBTQ older adults, communities of color, rural populations, and other traditionally underrepresented groups. ” More information
This year Tufts Health Plan Foundation took a new approach to the annual report, sharing community voices to represent their work for 2016. The audio annual report, Making Our Communities Great Places to Grow Up and Grow Old, highlights collaborations and initiatives supported by the Foundation to advance the age-friendly movement across the region.
“Listening is critical in our role as community partner and investor,” said Thomas O’Neill III, chair of the Foundation board of directors. “It informs how we engage, promote health and connect to the communities we serve.”
As part of its practice, the Foundation collaborates with and engages older adults, civic leaders and nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island to support communities that work for people of all ages.
“We are living longer, and opportunities to create vibrant cities and towns that are great places to grow up and grow old must be advanced,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, Foundation president and vice president, corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “Our annual report represents the voices of those we support.”
Included in the report are stories from Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, the Latino Health Insurance Program, the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission and Age-Friendly Boston. The Foundation supports work that emphasizes collaboration, catalyzes change and honors community work. Last year the Foundation invested $2.9 million through 43 grants that engage 650 community groups across three states. Listen