The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. for the past 38 years, is now accepting partnership applications from organizations interested in researching the root causes of health and paths towards greater health equity for all in Humana’s Bold Goal communities – eight communities across the country where Humana is focusing on its goal of increasing health 20 percent by 2020 and beyond. Applications to partner with The Humana Foundation on a Root Cause Research Center are due by Aug. 6.
Root Cause Research Center health equity reports will study and measure systemic gaps in social determinants of health, the conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work and age that impact overall health and well-being. Ultimately, these health equity reports will aim to create culturally-relevant plans and strategies to close those gaps, improve fundamental social and economic structures, and decrease barriers to health so people can achieve their best possible health. Humana Bold Goal communities in scope to be studied by the Root Cause Research Center include Knoxville, Tn.; Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas; New Orleans, La.; Baton Rouge, La.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Broward County, Fla.
“Despite spending more money on healthcare per person than any other country, the U.S. still isn’t seeing sustainable, positive health outcomes,” said Walter Woods, CEO of The Humana Foundation. “To truly impact health outcomes, we need to better understand the source of the problem on a community level and have community stakeholder input on a solution. Our approach with creating a Root Cause Research Center is to go beyond funding social needs in communities and address the root causes and solutions of health.”
The Humana Foundation shifted to a health equity focus in 2018, strategically focusing on four key social determinants of health: postsecondary attainment and sustaining employment, social connectedness, financial asset security and food security. Funding the Root Cause Research Center is an attempt to take the focus on health equity even deeper, working to eliminate systematic disparities in social groups that have underlying social advantages and disadvantages due to policies, procedures and practices that historically or currently have not been fair and just.
Organizations interested in applying for Root Cause Research Center partnership can find more information on the process here.