In 2015, Humana committed to a Bold Goal to improve the health and communities it serves 20 percent by 2020 by making it easier for people to achieve their best health. Humana is working with local physicians and community organizations to address physical and mental health conditions as well as social determinants of health (food insecurity, social isolation and loneliness) in seven Bold Goal communities. Four of these communities demonstrated improvements in health over the past year.
Humana measures Bold Goal community progress using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) population health management tool known as Healthy Days, which takes into account the whole person by measuring both mentally and physically Unhealthy Days over a 30-day period.
• Bold Goal markets, on average, managed to reduce their number of Unhealthy Days. Knoxville, Tennessee; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana; and San Antonio, Texas all had improved Healthy Days as well as improved clinical outcomes. Humana attributes this, in part, to strong relationships between physicians, communities and patients.
• Seniors living in Bold Goal communities continued to make improvements in physical and mental health. Despite the fact that many of these Medicare members are living with multiple chronic conditions, a reduction in Unhealthy Days was achieved.
• Humana employees reduced their number of Unhealthy Days, improving overall by 18 percent. Over the past five years, Humana employees were able to gain 1.8 million more Healthy Days in total.
Read the full progress report here.