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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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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 Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) for the past 37 years, is investing nearly $7 million in 2018 in organizations that are focused on helping people who struggle with issues ranging from food security to social connectedness to financial independence. The contributions will go to nine organizations in seven Humana ‘Bold Goal’ communities across the U.S. These are communities where Humana is working to achieve a goal of helping people improve their health 20 percent by 2020.

The new Humana Foundation strategic investing program addresses health equity and social determinants of health through partnerships and collaborations with local organizations to create measurable results. Social determinants of health are the conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work and age that impact overall health and well-being. The Foundation recently completed a series of local announcements highlighting the new investments.

“The Humana Foundation’s new Strategic Community Investments will have a tangible impact on the health and well-being of communities across the U.S. by collaborating with local organizations across all sectors,” said Walter Woods, CEO of the Humana Foundation. “We look forward to celebrating the successes of our partner organizations as they report targets and milestones of their projects in the coming year.”

The new Humana Foundation investments include funds for capacity building and enhancing organizational learning around health equity. The investments include:

Louisville, Ky.: The Family Scholar House received a $560,000 grant 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 also received a $770,000 grant to expand its pilot financial literacy program, improving financial independence and providing families and residents experiencing economic distress with financial literacy coaching.

San Antonio: Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) received a $1.02 million grant to address social isolation via a Senior Planet San Antonio program, which reduces isolation and loneliness and increases social connections by engaging seniors through free access to internet-connected technology and training courses. The San Antonio Food Bank also received a $833,000 grant to impact food insecurity and social isolation by creating a Senior Wellness Intervention Model program, assisting seniors who screen positive for food insecurity with comprehensive services that stabilize their household and address prevalent health issues.

Baton Rouge, La.: Healthy BR received a $720,000 grant to fight food insecurity and social isolation via the Geaux Get Healthy project. Funded by grants from both the Humana Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, the project will address 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.

Knoxville: Tenn.: InterFaith Health Clinic, in a collaborative partnership with Catapult 4D, received a $1.02 million grant to address social determinants of health and health equity barriers via the Truck2Table pilot program, which will improve the health and quality of life of uninsured and underserved people by providing affordable access to healthy food.

Tampa: Wholesome Wave received a $620,000 grant to fund Wholesome Communities Florida: Waking Up to Wellness, a cross-sector collaboration designed to transform affordable access to healthy food.

Jacksonville, Fla.: The University of Florida received a $820,000 grant to promote 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.

Broward County, Fla.: AARP Foundation received a $540,000 grant to improve food security for older adults and their families via a program that will work with health clinics to screen older patients for food insecurity and diet-related disease and help people apply for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Each organization receiving a Humana Foundation Strategic Community Investment in 2018 will have an opportunity to receive continuing funding for one or two additional years based on the specific results they achieve during the first year of the respective programs.

“We’re excited about getting the new strategic investment program started, and even more excited to see how the organizations will put the contributions to such good use,” Woods added. “We’ll be in close contact with each organization over the year ahead as we plan for the second year of this program and determine where our investment dollars will make the greatest impacts in 2019 and beyond.

About the Humana Foundation

The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the Foundation seeks to co-create communities where leadership, culture, and systems work to improve and sustain positive health outcomes. For more information, visit humanafoundation.org.

Humana and the Humana Foundation are dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility. Our goal is to ensure that every business decision we make reflects our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our members, our employees, the communities we serve, and our planet.

About Humana

Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience with the goal of making health care easier to navigate and more effective.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s website at humana.com, including copies of:

• Annual reports to stockholders
• Securities and Exchange Commission filings
• Most recent investor conference presentations
• Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls
• Calendar of events
• Corporate Governance information.

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