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When your schedule is crammed full of work obligations and caregiving for family members, how do you squeeze in some much-needed “me time?”

If you take the advice of Domenica Robinson, Humana’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year, you’d find a volunteer activity that makes you feel happy and connected to your local community.

“Giving back to my community gives me ‘me time.’ It’s what I do for myself to feel good while also giving back to my community,” Domenica said. “I truly enjoy volunteering and giving people a little sunshine in their day – it makes me feel so good.”

Domenica, a Work Content Specialist who works from home in southern Indiana and stays busy caring for her grandson and her aging mother, is Humana’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year. She tracked 178 volunteer hours in the Humana Volunteer Network in 2017 – and more than 700 hours since 2008! Her very full volunteering schedule includes time at Kindred Hospice spending time with dementia and terminally ill patients, Floyd County Animal Rescue, and serving as a “master gardener” at local 4H clubs, parks and universities.

Humana selected Domenica as Volunteer of the Year based on her commitment to community well-being and the transformational impact of her volunteer work. She will receive a $10,000 grant from the Humana Foundation to Floyd County Animal Rescue League, one of the nonprofit organizations where Domenica volunteers.

Volunteerism is a tangible way Humana can impact the health and well-being of the communities we serve in a personally meaningful way while also increasing our own well-being and sense of purpose.

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The best leaders accept that they are not perfect, and they don’t demand perfection from those they lead. Instead, great leaders recognize their own strengths and weaknesses and surround themselves with people who have complementary skills, creating an effective team.

That was the message from Walter Woods, Chief Executive Officer of the Humana Foundation, at a recent Leadership Louisville conference. Walter spoke about “The Power of Passion and Perseverance” at the 2018 Leadership Summit – Leading in the New World of Work.

What leaders eventually accomplish depends more on their passion and perseverance for long-term goals than on their innate talent, Walter said. That’s important in a business environment that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA).

He said the best leaders accept VUCA and lead through it with their strengths AND weaknesses. They also understand the leadership capabilities all organizations need:

• Sensemaking – interpreting developments in the business environment
• Relating – building trusting relationships
• Visioning – communicating a compelling image of the future
• Inventing – coming up with new ways of doing things

In short, leaders find and work with others who can provide the capabilities they’re missing. That takes clarity and passion, a fact Walter illustrated through his adventure travels, which have taken him to Antarctica, the North Pole and other far-off places.

Walter is a nonprofit veteran of 30 years and has served in a number of executive-level roles, with organizations ranging from the AARP Foundation, to The World Bank, to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, DC.

He leads the Humana Foundation as its strategy evolves to focus “upstream” on the root causes of illness and chronic conditions – such as social determinants of health — identifying solutions to help people lead their healthiest lives. This approach aligns with Humana’s “Bold Goal” of improving the health of the communities it serves 20 percent by 2020.

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The Humana Foundation is evolving, rethinking its giving process to hone in on health-focused community investments. The new giving strategy will address the root causes of health issues, creating improved and sustained positive health outcomes, and will focus on eight Bold Goal communities.

And, this new strategy will infuse $14 million into communities Humana serves in 2018 – approximately 20 percent more than the Foundation gave in 2017.

Through new Strategic Community Investment work, the Humana Foundation will invest $6.5 million in nonprofit organizations in eight Bold Goal communities: Louisville, San Antonio, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Knoxville, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Broward County.

Nonprofits in Louisville will also be able to participate in a new Headquarters Hometown Community Relations program. This initiative will infuse an additional $2 million into Louisville-area organizations, including nearly $1 million earmarked for established Foundation partners such as Metro United Way and Fund for the Arts.

Finally, the Foundation will give an additional $5.5 million in 2018 through popular and long-standing programs such as Humana Foundation scholarships and disaster-relief support. The Foundation will also increase its matching gifts program for associates.

For more information on the Foundation’s new giving process, read the Foundation’s news release and visit the Foundation’s website.

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Since Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, leaving a widespread path of destruction across the state, Feeding America has been working diligently with its partner food banks to meet the critical food needs of Floridians affected by the storm. Humana recognizes Feeding America for its rapid response in this difficult time.

To assist with this important effort, the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of health and well-being company Humana, contributed $100,000 that was distributed to Feeding America partners in South Florida, Tampa Bay and Northeast Florida. Feeding America is using these funds to supply critical items such as water, produce, snack foods, ready-to-eat products, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies.

Food insecurity is already a serious health concern throughout much of Florida, and the problem is magnified after a disaster such as a hurricane.

Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks in the United States, providing food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America.

Feeding South Florida’s Distribution Coordinator Delmer Swab, with the help of The 53rd Infantry Brigade of the United States Army, loads pallets of water, ready-to-eat meals, snacks, and medical supplies for delivery to shelters in Miami-Dade County.
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Humana is making progress toward its corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals tied to the company’s three CSR pillars: Healthy People, Healthy Planet and Healthy Performance, according to the company’s 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Progress Report.

Since the start of 2016, Humana and its associates have moved ahead in each of the focus areas. For instance, the company’s pursuit of its Bold Goal – to improve the health of the communities Humana serves 20 percent by 2020 – has resulted in more “Healthy Days” in all but one of several Bold Goal communities.

Humana’s new CSR Progress Report features many examples of how Humana is committed to living its values, particularly ‘Inspire Health.’ From the health metrics Humana tracks to make sure its members’ health is continually improving … to Humana Foundation commitments across the country to invest in community health, the report summarizes progress on the Healthy People front.

For example, Humana’s Pharmacy team in Phoenix served diabetes patients beyond Humana’s membership earlier this year by donating more than 4,500 pounds of diabetic supplies, including insulin syringes, pen needles and test strips, to Insulin for Life USA. In partnership with this organization, Humana delivered insulin and disease-management supplies free of charge to diabetes patients in developing countries, who otherwise would likely go without these life-saving provisions.

Regarding Humana’s overall environmental sustainability focus (Healthy Planet), the report details environmental goals established in 2014, progress to date toward achieving the goals, and how the company and its associates are as dedicated as they have ever been to limit the company’s environmental footprint.

On Humana’s Healthy Performance objectives – which address the company’s ethics and compliance, governance, and diversity and inclusion focus – the report includes a number of examples of Humana’s progress since the start of 2016, including the creation of a Physician Executive Immersion Program to create a cohort of leaders focused on improving how the company partners with physicians.

The report also summarizes the recognition Humana has received from multiple outside organizations as a leader not only among health insurers but in all of health care for its corporate citizenship efforts.

Read the full report here.

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