Tufts Health Care Foundation provided the following information:
Five community organizations will receive grants as a result of a new program engaging Tufts Health Plan employees in grantmaking. Each of the company’s five business resource groups (BRGs) recommended an organization for a grant up to $5,000 from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.
“The Tufts Health Plan BRGs were established to create opportunities for education, mentoring and leadership, to support diverse communities through volunteering, and to foster a culture of respect and inclusion,” said Tufts Health Plan President and CEO Tom Croswell. “These grants are the result of a new collaboration between the Foundation and the BRGs that grew out of our desire to strengthen community connections.”
“The organizations recommended by the BRGs are aligned with their missions and present opportunities for the Foundation to support work important to employees,” said Phillip Gonzalez, the Foundation’s senior program officer. “Each business resource group took a unique approach and identified a process and focus for their community investments. They learned how difficult, and rewarding, these decisions can be.”
The organizations receiving the first-ever grants for this program include:
BAGLY, Inc. (Boston Alliance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth) Boston, Mass.
Recommended by Prism, the LGBTQ and allies BRG
To support Health Education and Risk Reduction Team (HEARRT), a program that educates and trains LGBTQ+ youth about mental and physical health.
Community Health Network Area 17 Cambridge, Mass.
Recommended by Mosaic, the multicultural BRG
To create discussion based on research on the role of racial and ethnic disparities in access to mental health services, and deliver tools for increasing equity to health care providers in Watertown, Cambridge and Somerville.
Cotting School Lexington, Mass.
Recommended by Parallel, the disability advocates BRG
To develop and implement programs supporting youth with disabilities in the workplace.
North Attleboro YMCA North Attleboro, Mass.
Recommended by Women Together, the women and allies BRG
To implement Gal Pals and Girl Talk, after-school programming that builds self-esteem and leadership skills of girls in grades six through eight.
Operation American Soldier Watertown, Mass.
Recommended by Veterans & Military, the veterans and allies BRG
To prepare and ship care packages to deployed service members.
About Tufts Health Plan
Tufts Health Plan is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage. Staying true to our mission of improving the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, we touch the lives of more than 1.65 million members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire through employer-sponsored plans; Medicare; Medicaid and Marketplace plans, offering health insurance coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance. We are continually among the top health plans in the country based on quality and member satisfaction. Our Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options plans received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the highest rating possible*.
About Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Established in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given more than $31 million to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older adults. The Foundation began funding in New Hampshire in 2016. Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward achieving age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older adults, and include them in community solutions. Visit www.tuftshealth plan foundation.org for grant program information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.