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Two new investments in New Orleans total $1 million and will address financial asset security, post-secondary attainment and sustaining employment, and food security

– Contributions totaling $6.6 million to 10 organizations in eight communities mark reinvestments and an expanded investment in successful programs helping people achieve greater health equity

The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) for the past 38 years, is investing $7.6 million in eight communities across the southeastern United States to address social determinants of health on a local level, helping more people achieve health equity. Part of its ongoing Strategic Community Investment Program, The Humana Foundation will create two new investments in New Orleans totaling $1 million and will continue its existing investments with 10 organizations in seven other communities, including expanding its investment in Baton Rouge, La.

Through partnerships with local organizations and community members, The Humana Foundation’s Strategic Community Investment Program creates measurable results in some of the most common social determinants of health, including post-secondary attainment and sustaining employment, social connectedness, financial asset security and food security. These investments are located in Humana ‘Bold Goal’ communities, places where Humana and The Humana Foundation are working to help people improve their health 20 percent by 2020 and beyond.

“Our Strategic Community Investments holistically address social determinants of health at the systems- and community-level,” said Walter D. Woods, CEO of The Humana Foundation. “We believe this approach will positively impact health outcomes in our target communities, which our first year results confirm. Consequently, we are creating new investments in New Orleans and continuing our investments in other locations.”

Two new Strategic Community Investments in New Orleans will address financial asset security, post-secondary attainment and sustaining employment, and food security.

Kingsley House will receive an investment of $416,480 for its Career Pathways program, an employment program that helps lift families out of generational poverty by creating greater financial asset security and post-secondary attainment and sustaining employment. Kingsley House will collaborate with DePaul Community Health Centers and Crescent City Family Services to help families access community resources.

Growing Local Food Collaborative will receive $613,620 to address financial asset security, post-secondary attainment and sustaining employment, and food security in New Orleans. The program will take a unique, cooperative approach by working through local partnerships to bring fresh food into food deserts, to create new markets and train local farmers, and to provide training and an employment pipeline for youth in the local food and hospitality economy. Partners in this initiative include, Liberty’s Kitchen, New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee, Recirculating Farms Coalition, SPROUT NOLA, Top Box Foods Louisiana, and joined by Second Harvest Food Bank for special projects.

In the first year of the Strategic Community Investment Program, The Humana Foundation invested $7.4 million in seven communities and funded programs that served more than 16,000 individuals and their families, addressing one or more social determinant of health. Each of these seven communities will receive continued or expanded Humana Foundation investments based on the measurable results each program attained in its first year.

The Humana Foundation’s continuing and expanded Strategic Community Investments include the following:

Baton Rouge, La: Healthy BR  will receive $715,000 to continue improving food security and social connectedness via the Geaux Get Healthy project. Funded by both The Humana Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation this project addresses food deserts by saturating areas with the highest rates of food insecurity and health disparities with numerous access points for purchasing fresh food at an affordable price. HOPE Ministries will receive an additional $189,700 as a key partner in the Geaux Get Healthy project, allowing for the expansion of a workforce development program. By investing in HOPE Ministries’ The Way to Work program, The Humana Foundation is expanding its Strategic Community Investment in Baton Rouge to address post-secondary attainment and sustaining employment.

Broward County, Fla: Broward Community & Family Health Centers will receive $415,000 to continue working with health clinics to screen patients for food security and diet-related disease. Engaging Patients Impacting Care (EPIC) will also help people apply for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and help people access healthy foods via a produce prescription program.

Jacksonville, Fla: The University of Florida  will receive continued funding of $815,000 for Health-Smart, a program that promotes social connection and food security among minority, underserved and low-income seniors, as well as asset security and post-secondary success resources for their families in partnership with the Jacksonville Urban League.

Knoxville, Tenn.: InterFaith Health Clinic, in a collaborative partnership with Catapult 4D, will receive $965,000 to continue its Truck2Table program, addressing social determinants of health and improving the health and quality of life of uninsured and underserved people by providing affordable access to healthy food, free nutrition education and access to social connectedness resources.

Louisville, Ky.: The Family Scholar House  will receive an additional $515,000 investment for its HEROES program, expanding existing programs and reaching more individuals, families and senior citizens to assess and address barriers including social isolation, food insecurity and lack of post-secondary educational attainment.  Metro United Way will receive $715,000 to continue AcceLOUrate Savings financial literacy program, improving financial independence and providing families and residents experiencing economic distress with financial literacy coaching and other social services.

San Antonio: Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) will receive $915,000 to continue its Senior Planet San Antonio program, addressing social connectedness by engaging seniors through free access to internet-connected technology and training courses. The San Antonio Food Bank  will receive $708,462 to continue its Healthy Options for the Elderly (HOPE) program, assisting seniors who screen positive for food security and social connectedness concerns with comprehensive services that stabilize their household and address prevalent health issues.

Tampa: Feeding Tampa Bay will receive $640,500 to continue work to transform affordable access to healthy food in partnership with local clinics and other social service providers via the Feeding Tampa Bay Food Pharmacy. Community Health Centers of Pinellas (CHCP) will be a key partner in this work, creating an onsite food pharmacy at the CHCP clinic and increasing access to healthy foods for the neighborhood surround the clinic.

For more information on specific investment results, please visit the Strategic Community Investment section of HumanaFoundation.org.

Each organization that receives a Humana Foundation Strategic Community Investment has the opportunity to receive continued funding for up to three years based on the specific results achieved in their programs.

“Health is local, driven by choices available to people in their communities and neighborhoods,” Woods added. “We are grateful to work with local organizations to improve and sustain positive health outcomes.”

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The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. for the past 38 years, and Haaylo Media, a Louisville-based branding and marketing agency, are awarding one Louisville-based nonprofit organization a marketing services package.

St. John Center for Homeless Men, a place homeless individuals come to seek help, find hope and move home, will receive marketing support for their annual fundraiser, Raisin’ the Rent. By tailoring marketing tools to their needs, St. John Center will be able to promote and sustain its vital community services, helping to make Louisville a more appealing place for all to live.

By extending social, moral, intellectual, reputational and financial capital into Louisville, The Humana Foundation and Haaylo Media hope to create greater health equity for all and sustainable positive outcomes for the local community.

Louisville nonprofits interested in receiving marketing help were asked to submit a photo depicting their impact on the community. Here’s how St. John Center describes their photo entry:

Walter is the picture of what we do every day at St. John Center. Walter entered our doors when he was homeless and working full time as a dishwasher. No matter how tight the money was, Walter paid his child support first.  He was sleeping in a parking garage after his shift each night.

At St. John Center, Walter found people who greeted him with respect and with a smile.  He connected with a housing counselor, who helped him identify affordable apartments and fill out applications for housing and support.  Today, Walter has a safe place where his young daughter can visit and stay with him a couple of nights each week.  Staff and volunteers at St. John Center were privileged to accompany Walter on his own path home.

Walter is a picture of St. John Center. A place homeless individuals come to seek help, find hope, and move home.

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When a natural disaster strikes, a community’s first priority is responding to those in immediate need of assistance. Our hearts go out to those impacted by Hurricane Barry and flooding caused by its storm system.

Recognizing many organizations in the greater New Orleans community have shifted resources towards helping with Barry’s aftermath, The Humana Foundation is extending its deadline for Strategic Community Investment applications in New Orleans by one week.  Organizations in New Orleans will now have until Aug. 2 to apply for up to $1 million in investments for initiatives addressing social determinants of health, the conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work and age that impact overall health and well-being.

In 2019, The Humana Foundation’s Strategic Community Investment Program is expanding to include the greater New Orleans community. The Strategic Community Investment program began in 2018, investing more than $7 million in organizations in seven of Humana’s “Bold Goal” communities: Knoxville, Tn.; Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas; Baton Rouge, La.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Broward County, Fla. The Humana Foundation contributes to Humana’s “Bold Goal” – making communities by 20 percent healthier by 2020 and beyond – by  investing in local organizations addressing social determinants of health and creating more healthy days together with community partners.

Organizations are invited to apply for investments for initiatives that create greater health equity for all and address one or more of the following social determinants of health:

  • Postsecondary attainment and sustaining employment.
  • Social connectedness.
  • Financial asset security.
  • Food security.

In an effort to encourage collaboration across sectors, special consideration will be given to joint applications from two or more organizations working in partnership towards results greater than what a single organization could achieve.

Organizations in the greater New Orleans community can apply for a 2019 Strategic Community Investment, including those in Jefferson, Orleans, Lafourche, Assumption, Plaquemines, St Charles, St James, St John the Baptist, Terrebonne, St. Tammany, Washington, and Tangipahoa parishes.

To apply for the Strategic Community Investment program in New Orleans, please visit The Humana Foundation’s website.

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Technology helps people reach out to and connect with friends, families and loved ones. Sometimes, a text message or an email from someone special can turn a bad day into an amazing one.

That’s the idea behind Senior Planet San Antonio, specially designed classes developed by OATS and funded by a Humana Foundation grant. By helping seniors learn to use technology to connect with others, it’s possible to change the way people age by addressing social isolation and loneliness, two key social determinants of health. And, by learning a new skill, participants often feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Watch this video and get to know Guadalupe and Gary, two seniors who take Senior Planet San Antonio classes.  Their stories are part of Humana’s 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report and examples of the many ways Humana is inspiring health and well-being.

As Gary says, “I’m enjoying things as good as I ever have in my entire life – just because of knowing a little bit about computers and cell phones.”

Together, Humana, the Humana Foundation and OATS are helping San Antonio seniors stay connected to their families, friends and communities and lead their best lives.

For more information on Humana’s CSR efforts, read the 2018 CSR Report.

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The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. for the past 38 years, is awarding more than $2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in Louisville as part of its ongoing Community Relations Program. The initiative began in 2018, when the foundation awarded $2.4 million to nonprofits that contribute to health and well-being in Humana’s corporate hometown.

Organizations receiving Community Relations funding in 2019 will address social determinants of health by providing critical safety net services and/or by making Louisville a more appealing place to live for all. These programs contribute to health and well-being in the Louisville area by focusing on healthcare services, nutrition and food security, personal safety and shelter, built or natural environments, arts and culture, and education and early childhood development.

“In 2018, we received applications for 170 programs in the Kentuckiana region and partnered with 32 organizations working to improve well-being for all,” said Walter D. Woods, CEO of the Humana Foundation. “This year, we are grateful we have the continuing opportunity to partner with the nonprofit community in making Louisville a better place to live. We believe it is our role to enhance the well-being of our community by supporting and encouraging collaboration in multiple sectors where leadership, culture and systems work together.”

With the 2019 grants, special consideration was given to applications:

  • Combining and integrating work in a partnership between two or more organizations.
  • Focusing on inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging in order to break down barriers that keep all citizens from engaging the services and opportunities Louisville has to offer.

One initiative receiving 2019 Community Relations funding from the Humana Foundation focuses on collaboration and partnership between local organizations. The University of Louisville and Interapt will share a $325,000 grant to address education, partnering to offer an intensive software development training program to historically marginalized adults in Louisville’s West End. Led by the UofL School of Business, the Louisville Skills program will improve the financial outcomes and personal and family trajectory of participants by preparing them for careers in the tech industry.

The following nonprofit organizations will also receive Community Relations funding from the Humana Foundation in grant amounts varying from $325,000 to $25,000:

Input from Humana’s Community Relations Program Advisory Committee, a diverse group of volunteers from Humana’s Network Resource Groups, and an online vote of Humana employees based in Louisville helped decide which organizations received 2019 funding.

Humana employees are also encouraged to support the Community Relations Program grant recipients through skills-based volunteerism. By putting their business skills to work for local organizations, Humana employees will be able to help increase local health and well-being.

Also as part of the 2019 Community Relations Program, the Humana Foundation is funding several other organizations, including Metro United Way and Fund for the Arts.

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