Tufts Health Plan Earns Top Score on Disability Equality Index
Recognized by Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
Watertown, MA — Tufts Health Plan has been recognized as a Best Place to Work by Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) on its 2021 Disability Equality Index (DEI)®. This is the fourth consecutive year Tufts Health Plan has earned a score of 100 percent.
“As an organization, we’re committed to creating a better quality of life for all,” said Kevin Rasch, chief business diversity officer at Tufts Health Plan. “It’s our responsibility to understand the challenges and needs of our employees and to reflect on human rights issues so that our workplace is inclusive and accessible to everyone. We are constantly improving the hiring process, evaluating physical workspaces, providing more flexible work schedules, and offering assistive technology to help eliminate boundaries for people with disabilities.”
Now in its seventh year, the DEI exists to help businesses make a positive impact on the unemployment/underemployment of people with disabilities. It is recognized as the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for the Fortune 1000 and Am Law 2001 to measure disability workplace inclusion against competitors.
This year’s survey evaluated 319 corporations. The 2021 Index measured performance standards across organizational culture, leadership, accessibility, employment practices (benefits, recruitment, employment, education, accommodations, retention, and advancement), community engagement, and supplier diversity. Following the pandemic, the DEI was modernized to add non-weighted questions about innovative technology to advance digital and remote accessibility, mental wellness benefits, services for Deaf and hard of hearing employees, and flexible work options.
"We are so pleased to partner with 319 companies this year on the Disability Equality Index,” said Jill Houghton, president and CEO, Disability:IN. “Part of corporate commitment to disability inclusion is recognizing your stance and using it as an 'aha moment' to drive the business investments needed to scale change. Inclusion and accessibility cuts across the enterprise, from cultural representation in the workforce, to technology acceleration, to incorporating supply chain diversity. These are tangible opportunities that leading companies can leverage to create sustainable impact for their business and brand.”
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About the organization
Tufts Health Plan is a Point32Health company. Point32Heatlh is a leading health and wellbeing organization, delivering an ever-better health care experience to everyone in our communities. Building on the quality, nonprofit heritage of our founding organizations, Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, we leverage our experience and expertise to help people find their version of healthier living through a broad range of health plans and tools that make navigating health and wellbeing easier.
Our programs take a 360-degree view of health for our members—no matter their age, health, race, identity, or income—and our Foundation and Institute work to improve population health. We use empathy to understand what’s important to those we serve, always making their priorities our own. And we work to guide and empower people by bringing together wide-ranging partners and perspectives to create new approaches that make a real difference for both our industry and our 2.2 million members across New England.
About the Disability Equality Index®
The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions that they can take to achieve disability inclusion and equality. Each company receives a score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, with those earning 80 and above recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.”
The DEI is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest disability rights organization, and Disability:IN, the global business disability inclusion network, to collectively advance the inclusion of people with disabilities. The organizations are complementary and bring unique strengths that make the project relevant and credible to corporations and the disability community. The tool was developed by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates. Learn more at: DisabilityEqualityIndex.org.