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The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. for the past 38 years, has announced the details of its 2019 Community Relations initiative in Louisville. Through this initiative, the Humana Foundation awarded $2.4 million to Louisville-area organizations in 2018, with slightly more than $1 million of that in grants of $25,000, $50,000 or $100,000.

For 2019, the program has been revised to reflect learnings from our inaugural initiative in 2018:

• The application period will begin on January 24 and conclude on February 11, with grants announced in April 2019.
• In an effort to encourage collaboration among nonprofits, grassroots organizations, and a multitude of other sectors, the Humana Foundation intends to fund as many collaborative efforts as possible – with joint applications from two or more organizations.
• Grants will be for $100,000, $50,000, or $25,000, with collaborators sharing funds they receive.

Individual organizations will still be able to apply for the grants, and may still receive grants, depending on the quality of all applications received.

“Our first year of this Community Relations initiative in 2018 went very well; more than 170 Louisville-area organizations applied for grants, and we were able to award 32 grants,” said Walter D. Woods, CEO of the Humana Foundation. “That being said, we are looking forward to encouraging collaboration in the nonprofit community with this year’s approach to funding. The 2019 program also aligns well with our strategy which emphasizes co-creation in communities, where leadership, culture and systems work to improve well-being for all.”

Selection criteria

The program in 2019 will fund initiatives that address social determinants of health by providing critical safety net services and/or those that make Louisville a more appealing place to live for all, including:

 Nutrition and food security – help increase the community’s supply of sustainable, nutritious food sources
 Shelter – focus on the homeless population, housing for today, and also stable housing for the future
 Personal safety– focus on people facing danger or harm on a regular basis (domestic abuse, violence, unsafe home environments)
 Health care services – meeting the health care needs of those who don’t have regular access (e.g. those without insurance or who are under-insured, helping people access/afford medication/treatment)
 Built and natural environment – focus on improving both our physical environments (e.g. improved lighting, enhancements to sidewalks to make them more accessible, etc.) and the natural environment (e.g. tree planting, beautification, support of parks)
 Arts and culture – focus on organizations enriching our community’s well-being through arts and culture
 Education and early childhood development – focus on helping people develop their cognitive, social, and linguistic skills

Special consideration will go to those applications that:
o Propose initiatives that require collaboration across two or more organizations, such as multiple nonprofit organizations, government organizations, academic institutions, etc.
o Propose initiatives with a strong focus on inclusion, diversity, equity, and belonging, breaking down barriers that keep all Louisville citizens from engaging the many services and opportunities our city has to offer. This includes working to make individuals in marginalized populations feel more included, connected and welcome in our community.

Organizations interested in applying for one of these grants will do so from Thursday, January 24, through Monday, February 11. The Humana Foundation expects to announce the recipients of the grants in April. Interested organizations may access the online application here. Once again in 2019, Humana employees in Louisville will have an opportunity to help the Humana Foundation decide where the grants will go, through an employee vote.

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The lack of funding and support to alleviate the social determinants of health (loneliness, food insecurity, lack of transportation) are making it very difficult, especially for seniors living with multiple chronic conditions, to improve their health. In a blog post for the World Economic Forum, Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard examines what the U.S. health care system can do to better address the challenge.

Read the blog here.

 

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Humana Inc. has been ranked No. 1 among Health Care Providers for its corporate citizenship, according to Forbes and JUST Capital in their new “JUST 100.” The JUST 100 ranks publicly traded companies in the U.S. based on how they perform against the American public’s definition of just corporate behavior.

Humana ranked No. 1 out of 16 companies in the Health Care Providers category and No. 11 out of 890 companies overall. Humana has topped the Health Care Providers category in the JUST 100 each of the three years Forbes and JUST Capital have produced the rankings.

“At Humana, we’re fortunate to have so many employees who care so much about helping people live healthier lives,” said Bruce Broussard, Humana President and Chief Executive Officer. “This commitment to people’s health is what motivates so much of our work at Humana, and I’m sure it’s the main reason people view our company as a trusted corporate citizen. As we continue to grow the care-delivery part of our business, it means a lot to us to be recognized as America’s most just health care provider.”

The JUST Capital rankings encompass the largest publicly traded companies in the U.S., and are based on one of the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted on public attitudes toward corporate behavior – involving 9,000 American respondents in 2018 and more than 81,000 over the past four years.

“Trust in our institutions is more important than ever right now. The JUST 100 recognizes companies that are doing right within society,” said Forbes Chief Content Officer Randall Lane. “The rankings help companies gauge their progress on benchmarks that go far beyond quarterly earnings.”

To create the JUST 100, Forbes asked survey respondents what they want companies to focus on, and how companies should prioritize the following aspects of business behavior: worker treatment, customer treatment, quality of products, environmental impact, community engagement, job creation, management leadership, and shareholder treatment.

The new JUST 100 List will appear in the December issue of Forbes magazine and is currently available online here.

To learn more about Humana’s corporate citizenship efforts, read the company’s 2016-2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which was published in August 2018.

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Thanks to the generous support of the San Antonio community, the “March Out Hunger” food drive collected close to 94,000 pounds of food to help combat food insecurity in our military and veterans community.

The food drive was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. VFW Texas District 20; Humana, a leading health and well-being company; and the San Antonio Food Bank.

Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. In the United States, food insecurity affects 1 in 8 people.

The two-month long food drive aimed to bring awareness to the fact that 1 in 5 households served by a local food bank has at least one member who has served, or is currently serving, in the U.S. military.

“When we think of our military and veteran community, we don’t often think of hunger or food insecurity,” said Bill White, Texas Medicare President for Humana. “As part of our Bold Goal work to make San Antonio 20 percent healthier by 2020, Humana was able to partner the VFW and the San Antonio Food Bank together to impact food insecurity locally. It’s partnerships like this that will help improve the health and well-being of San Antonians.”

The food drive also included a Veterans Resource Fair hosted on Nov. 17 at the San Antonio Food Bank and a rucksack march during the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series on Dec. 2. Rucksack march participants carried 35 pounds of food in a backpack for 1.3 miles to bring awareness to food insecurity.

“At the San Antonio Food Bank, food donations are critical to the ongoing mission of collecting and redistributing food to individual and families who do not know where their next meals are coming from. The veteran population has a definite need and this program is assisting our network of partners to serve 58,000 meals weekly,” said Eric Cooper, President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank.

“Earlier this year I was shocked and saddened to discover the impact food insecurity has on America’s veterans, and I knew the VFW had to step up and fight this disheartening injustice,” said VFW National Commander B.J. Lawrence. “No one should be food insecure – especially our veterans – and we’re honored to work alongside Humana and community champions like the San Antonio Food Bank to help do our part in this important initiative.”

Earlier this year, Humana partnered with Feeding America (the national network of regional food banks) to stage a series of events throughout the year that will drive food donations and raise awareness of food insecurity with a focus on helping veterans. In addition, Humana is a national affiliate partner of the VFW.

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The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana for the past 37 years, is awarding grants to 30+ nonprofit organizations in Louisville as part of the foundation’s new Community Relations program. The $2 million in grants is in addition to $7 million the Humana Foundation is contributing to other organizations in seven cities, as part of its new Strategic Investing initiative.

The Louisville Community Relations grants – which add up to $2.4 million – will provide opportunities for growth and development of local nonprofits on a programmatic and organizational level, ultimately contributing to health and well-being in Louisville.

“The organizations receiving these new grants from the Humana Foundation all made clear that they will be able to make a difference in the Louisville area with the contributions,” said Walter Woods, CEO of the Humana Foundation. “Quality of life and quality of place programs like those funded by our Community Relations program are key to making our hometown a healthier, safer place to live for everyone.”

The Humana Foundation’s Community Relations program grants seek to improve the quality of life in Louisville by addressing food security, housing, safety or healthcare issues, or make metropolitan Louisville a more appealing place to live by addressing the environment, arts and culture, inclusion and diversity, or equitable access for all.

Of the 30+ Louisville organizations receiving Community Relations grants from the Humana Foundation, the following seven will receive $100,000 grants:

Home of the Innocents will use its grant to help children and young adults experiencing homelessness via its Aftercare Program.

Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center will use its grant to fund comprehensive school-based health centers in high-need neighborhoods, providing medical, dental and counseling services to low-income, medically underserved residents in West Louisville.

Louisville Urban League’s grant will fund the “It Starts With Me” community health program, using trained community health workers to support West Louisville residents.

One West will use its grant for the Invest West Community Revitalization Initiative, bringing commercial development and growth to the nine neighborhoods of West Louisville.

Kentucky Refugee Ministries will use this grant to empower new Louisvillians and educate local providers, focusing on case management for those with complex medical conditions, medical and mental health education for refugee and immigrant community groups, and education and training for medical and mental health providers.
Louisville Metro Health Department will use this grant towards its “Our Money, Our Voice” initiative, which provides residents of Council Districts 6 and 8 with an opportunity to brainstorm ideas that improve the community, develop submitted ideas into project proposals, vote for the best proposals, and fund the winning projects.
Help Us Grow Reading Program will use this grant to support its work to influence second and third graders academically and socially, engaging trained volunteers to use an evidence-based curriculum to raise reading proficiency among Louisville elementary students.

Each of the following nonprofits will also receive a $25,000 or $50,000 Community Relations grant from the Humana Foundation:

2 NOT1 Fatherhood and Families
55,000 Degrees
American Lung Association
Americana Community Center
AMPED
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana
Carnegie Center for Art and History
Community Ventures Corporation
Dare to Care
Have a Heart Foundation
Health Equity Fund
Leadership Louisville Foundation
Louisville Metro Parks Foundation
Louisville Orchestra
Mattingly Center
New Directions Housing Corporation
Peace Education Program
Play Cousins Collective
Saint John Center
Smoketown Family Wellness Center
Stage One Family Theater
Surgery on Sunday Louisville
The Healing Place
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Skills-based volunteering will also play a role in the Community Relations program. As a result, more Humana employees in Louisville will put their strongest business skills to work for area nonprofits to increase capacity, access and sustainability.

Humana employees in Louisville also participated in the grant-selection process. Their input via an online vote helped determine which organizations are receiving Community Relations program grants.

As part of the $2.4 Million the Humana Foundation is awarding through this program, several other organizations will receive funding from the foundation, including Metro United Way and Fund for the Arts.

“We’re excited about this new Community Relations program, in part because of the high quality of the organizations receiving the grants,” Woods added. “These are organizations that have demonstrated that they not only know how to make Louisville a better place, but they are helping to make that happen every day – especially for the people in our community who need help the most. We have great confidence that these grants will go a long way toward strengthening our city and region.”

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